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
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Sinner, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wong, Judy Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Ajjawi, Rola Professor Faculty of Medicine
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Laronde, Denise Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Biesanz, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Nunn, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Girling, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Scoates, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Nolde, Natalia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological 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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