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
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Brumme, Chanson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hummel, Calla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Devisscher, Tahia Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McConnell, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Orr, Patrick Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Dee, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Joshi, Jaya Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lam, Tzeng Yih Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hall, Alycia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Yeung, Ira Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning

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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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