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
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
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Li, J. Frank Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Tu, Qingshi Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Beswick, Samuel Peter Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ojukwu, Emmanuela Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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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