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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Vijayaraghavan, Rajesh Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wiens, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Vidler, Marianne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hopkins, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Roth, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Maler, Anabel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sun, Jim Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yu, Lingtao Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Liao, Renjie Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Abedinifard, Mostafa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Liao-McPherson, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Georgopulos, Nicole Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Keramatian, Kamyar Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Abdulai, Fatawu Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Amini, Kiana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Yeung, Ira Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Huot, Suzanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering

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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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