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
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rahmani, Mona Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wu, Joy Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Paluch, Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Raynard, Mia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Jacobs, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Todesco, Marco Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Alacaoglu, Ahmet Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Prueitt, Cat Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Noori, Sofia Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Wagner, Katherine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ahmed, Anwar Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Huberman, Isabella Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Murugan, Mathav Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kravchenko, Sergii Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zebehazy, Kim Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maxwell, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Scoates, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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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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