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
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Guenette, Jordan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Devlin, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Koppes, Michele Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jevitt, Cecilia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Graf, Daniel Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Taylor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Hirsh, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Elmo, Davide Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Small, Jeff Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech 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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.