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
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Metcalfe, Amy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Crowston, Clare Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Cranston, Emily Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Overall, Christopher Mark Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Li, Shyh-Dar Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Khan, Samia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Wang Kazun, Siyun Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Algar, Russ Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.