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
Daniels, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Schummers, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gujarati, Arpan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hirsch-Reinshagen la, Veronica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pleiss, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Kurteva, Siyana Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Dias Saraiva-Patelli, Ella Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Swei, Omar Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Darvin, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Usher, Camille Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Stratton, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bradbury, Hal Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jiang, Yuanyuan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tremblay, Regine Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Vidler, Marianne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hopkins, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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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