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
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lemieux, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lavoie, Pascal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmader, Toni Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Helsley, Robert Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Roskelley, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Maxwell, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological 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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