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
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Stefanska, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Zou, Bingshuang Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Doan, Quynh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
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
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Yoon, Dongwook Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Roecker, Inge Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wyatt, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Kassan, Anusha Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Raftery, James Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kontogiorgos, Vasileios Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
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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