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
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kim, Kwang Ho Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Earle, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Achermann, Reto Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barudin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Roth, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Wiesner, Felix Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Amri, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Vijayaraghavan, Rajesh Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Zhu, Jian Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Beswick, Samuel Peter Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dennis, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Ojukwu, Emmanuela Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Henderson, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nicholson, Cecily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Franks, Scott Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yu, Lingtao Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mannas, Miles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tu, Qingshi Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Ba, Wenjia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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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