Finding a research supervisor

Graduate students in research-intensive programs (i.e., one that requires a thesis) will often need a faculty supervisor. We strongly encourage you check with your graduate program of interest to see if a supervisor is needed, and to find a supervisor at the time of application if necessary. This will increase your chances at admission and allow for a better and more productive graduate student experience. There are a few ways you can find a supervisor:

  • Consult the faculty directory on the departmental website. They should offer a list of all active faculty members, their research interests, and contact information.
  • Do a search using using the key words that best describe your research interests. The search results should yield several names of faculty members in your area of interest along with their contact information.
  • Contact the Graduate Officer of the academic unit you are interested in and ask for suggestions on faculty members who might be looking for students.

When contacting potential supervisors, it is important to make a good first impression. We suggest you take the following steps:

  • Review the faculty member’s information online and become familiar with his/her research.
  • Write a concise email to the faculty member you would like to work with. Introduce yourself, your academic credentials (GPA, academic awards, research experience, etc.), and the kind of research you would like to pursue and the reason for it.
  • Advise him/her you have applied for a graduate program at Memorial University, note the intended start date, and ask him/her if he/she might be interested in serving as your supervisor for a program.


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