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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Jelovica, Jasmin Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Jaiman, Rajeev Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lis, Mieszko Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Rubin, Julia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rahmani, Mona Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wen, Kefei Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Marshall, Toph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gaertner, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hall, Alycia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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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