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
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mitchell, Karice Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Tak, Thena Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Koh, Germaine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gebril, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kuhn, McKenzie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Tong, Nicholas Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Thrampoulidis, Christos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Sellers, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Gao, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Somasekharan, Syam Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Parra, Alvaro Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McKendry, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Knipfer, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied 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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