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

 
Namesort ascending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Poh, Catherine Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Pleiss, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Pindell, Ngai Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Pikulina, Elena Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Pierre, Jemima Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Piechocki, Katharina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Philbrick, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Petherick, Leanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Perrone, Lucy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Perley, Bernard Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Pennefather, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Patterson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences

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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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