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
Swanson, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Yang, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
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
Moore, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Botany
Sunar, Kiran Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Selvanathan, Thiviya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
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
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Singh, Anurag Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Khanna, Tarun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
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
Thomasen, Kristen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Abughannam, Rana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ramsay, Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
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
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Feng, Haibo Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Everhart, Avery Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
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
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
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
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schummers, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gujarati, Arpan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Roskelley, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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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