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
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rahmani, Mona Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Booker, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Loree, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Singh, Amritpal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Koncan, Frances Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Wernicke, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Korthauer, Keegan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Haase, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Joshi, Jaya Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Hilland, Andrea Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ameli, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Reilly, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Zeweri, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Boerner, Katelynn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Turgeon, Ricky Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kravchenko, Sergii Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Devisscher, Tahia Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Krüsi, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Noori, Sofia Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability

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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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