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
Sidhu, Ravindar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Yoon, Dongwook Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Leddy, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Favilukis, Jack Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gerofsky, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Redekop, Gary Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Antweiler, Werner Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Wyatt, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Loewen, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
De Vera, Mary Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Walsh, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Franch Ballester, Jose Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian 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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