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
Maxwell, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Bungay, Vicky Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Li, Guofang Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gardner, Gregg Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Hohl, Corinne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lister, Alison Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Black, Thomas Andrew Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History

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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.