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
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Yan, Han Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hoang, Nguyen Phong Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Abdin, Yasmine Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
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
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Im, Hee Yeon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wang, Daochen Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sirwani, Deepak Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political 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
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Kumpulainen, Kristiina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Renwick, Kerry Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Biesanz, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cytrynbaum, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Yip, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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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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