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
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Skoretz, Stacey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Perrone, Lucy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hastie, Bethany Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
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
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
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
Brigham, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Raftery, James Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hsiung, Ging-Yuek Robin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Stacey, Jocelyn Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Ford, Laurie Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science

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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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