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
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Dadugblor, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Swanson, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Jun, Hyejung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mitchell, Karice Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leavitt, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hirsch-Reinshagen la, Veronica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yoon, Liv Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lague, Marysa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ignace, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gebril, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Tak, Thena Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Velenosi, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Darvin, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Koh, Germaine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Matthews, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Khmelnitskaya, Ekaterina Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kuhn, McKenzie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

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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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