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
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rodrigues, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmader, Toni Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jevitt, Cecilia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Pindell, Ngai Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Griffin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, Department of Philosophy
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation 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.