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
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
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
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Todesco, Marco Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Alacaoglu, Ahmet Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
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
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ahmed, Anwar Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Huberman, Isabella Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cohen-Hillel, Tamar Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Finbloom, Joel Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Oya, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Camellia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Paat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Di Matteo, Olivia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Frandy, Tim Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Kim, Hyosub Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lees, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dias Saraiva-Patelli, Ella Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Ranger, Manon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Irani, Anosh Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Greyson, Devon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Georgopulos, Nicole Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Etxabe, Julen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
French, Whitney Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bochnak, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nair, Prashant Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hilton, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Li, J. Frank Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Li, Jiajin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics

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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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