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
Ardern, Clare Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
An, Ji-yoon Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kamizaki, Kuni Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Abdelrahman, Khaled Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Yang, Ron Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Swei, Omar Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Tu, Qingshi Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
LU, JULIET Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Selvanathan, Thiviya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Quandt, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Khanna, Tarun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Tremblay, Regine Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering

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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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