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
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Benson-Amram, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Vu, Ly Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lack, Nathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Germain, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bouchard, Katrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Greenblatt, Ethan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Fang, Limin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tenenboim, Ori Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
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
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Forbes, Connor Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Park, CJ Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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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