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
Blanke, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Geoffrion, Roxana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Yeung, Sonia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Sladen, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Conklin, Annalijn Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Yadav, Vikramaditya Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Murphy, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Thauberger, Althea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Marshall, Hallie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jankowski, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hanley, Gillian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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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