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
Hopewell, Kristen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
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
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mancini, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Guenette, Jordan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Montgomerie, Johnna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Pindell, Ngai Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.