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 ascending Academic Unit
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Roosa, John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Antwi, Phanuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Shaffer, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Li, Loretta Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering

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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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