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
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Nair, Prashant Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Im, Hee Yeon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Vu, Ly Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wang, Daochen Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Sirwani, Deepak Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Harten, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Abedinifard, Mostafa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Peihani, Maziar Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kim, Kwang Ho Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Bouchard, Katrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Zhou, Lily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
D Adduzio, Jenna Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Achermann, Reto Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Maharaj, Anil Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Abdulai, Fatawu Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Wiesner, Felix Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Amri, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yoo, Philip Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Brown, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ning, Eddie Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Zhu, Jian Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Barudin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lack, Nathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Park, Jen Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Bailey, C. D. Alison Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Henderson, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography

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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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