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
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Stratton, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bradbury, Hal Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hopkins, Vincent Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ziethen, Antje Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Maler, Anabel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Keramatian, Kamyar Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Klein Geltink, Ramon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Frommel, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Vidler, Marianne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Murugan, Mathav Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Tong, Nicholas Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Thrampoulidis, Christos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Purcell, Sarah Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Georgopulos, Nicole Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lim, Emilia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Paluch, Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Abedinifard, Mostafa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Liao-McPherson, Dominic Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Amini, Kiana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Caggiano, Holly Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Petherick, Leanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Prueitt, Cat Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Knipfer, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Abdulai, Fatawu Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Hoffmann, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Boyd, Jade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science

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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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