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
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Zerriffi, Hisham Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Chen, Frances Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mortenson, Ben Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Castellarin, Simone Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kim, Amy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brussoni, Mariana Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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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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