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
Webster, Crystal Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moore, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Farinha Luz, Vitor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Byrne, Fionn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kia, Hannah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Sidhu, Ravindar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Montgomery, H. Monty Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Safieddine, Hicham Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yeung, Sonia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Code, Jillianne Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies

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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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