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
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Laronde, Denise Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lightfoot, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gardner, Gregg Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Shekhar, Sudip Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Nardizzi, Vin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.