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
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Brondani, Mario Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

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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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