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
Harten, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Abedinifard, Mostafa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Rajagopal, Harini Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Bouchard, Katrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Zhou, Lily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kunimoto, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
D Adduzio, Jenna Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Maharaj, Anil Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Abdulai, Fatawu Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gutierrez Monroy, Tania Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Brown, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ning, Eddie Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Oldani, Graziano Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Khan, Rabia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lack, Nathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Park, Jen Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brumme, Chanson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kroc, Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Joshi, Yuvraj Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hummel, Calla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kikkawa, Ayumu Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Moon, Seok Min Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Greenblatt, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wen, Kefei Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

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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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