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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Ghebremusse, Sara Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Haji, Faizal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Loss, Cristiano Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Paat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Leavitt, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cornelis, Jean Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Ignace, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Velenosi, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Molina Hutt, Carlos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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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