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
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
d'Arcy, Mitch Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Pasquier, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Fundelius, Erika Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
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
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Somasekharan, Syam Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Li, J. Frank Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Marshall, Hallie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Loree, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Johnson, Kate Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
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
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
McEwan, Desmond Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nelson, Melanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Logan, Tricia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
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
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Singh, Amritpal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Turgeon, Ricky Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lunken, Genelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Borwein, Sophie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Krüsi, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine

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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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