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
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Rubin, Julia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Flannigan, Ryan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Lewis, Avi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Perrone, Lucy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Qian, Yi Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jin, Xiaoliang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Fisher, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Howe, Tami Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Puterman, Eli Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Roland, Elke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Rideout, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Robillard, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gopalakrishnan, Sathish Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cavusoglu, Hasan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

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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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