Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Leavitt, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Proctor, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Cornelis, Jean Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Dev, Rubee Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Khmelnitskaya, Ekaterina Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Ardern, Clare Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Paat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Velenosi, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kamizaki, Kuni Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kikkawa, Ayumu Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Bochnak, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Cohen-Hillel, Tamar Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Abdelrahman, Khaled Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yang, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Pikulina, Elena Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
LU, JULIET Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Selvanathan, Thiviya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Ghebremusse, Sara Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Di Matteo, Olivia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Khanna, Tarun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Maharaj, Anil Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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