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
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Narayan, Priti Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Abdelrahman, Khaled Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Liao, Renjie Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kamizaki, Kuni Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Arefin, Mohammed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
LU, JULIET Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Swanson, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Yang, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Swei, Omar Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Botany
Sunar, Kiran Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Selvanathan, Thiviya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Singh, Anurag Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Khanna, Tarun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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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