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
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Drelichman, Mauricio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Dahl, Darren Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
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
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shekhar, Sudip Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.