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
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Parkes, Debra Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Schmader, Toni Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Li, Guofang Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lister, Alison Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bansback, Nick Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hein, Jason Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological 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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.