Queen's School of Computing

Every graduate student has a supervisor, i.e., a professor who is essentially that student's boss. A supervisor's role is vital to a graduate student's success; you should do your research and choose your supervisor very carefully.

After submitting an application to the program contact potential supervisors and notify them of your application. Unfortunately, prospective graduate students frequently give a bad first impression when they initially approach professors. Here is a list of "dos and dont's" which you should consider when making contact:

  • do investigate the professor's current research interests and projects - the profiles on this website's "Faculty" page are a good place to start;
  • do initially attempt to contact the professor by email;
  • do describe how your interests align and why you'd like to join the professor's research group;
  • do communicate in an efficient and professional manner (a little enthusiasm is also welcome);
  • don't assume that the professor is under any obligation to supervise you;
  • don't include too much information which isn't relevant to an introduction (e.g., extended biography, high school diplomas, certificates);
  • don't send impersonal, spam-like emails to a large number of professors;
  • don't strike a casual or frivilous tone;
  • do respond promptly;
  • don't be late for a meeting or assume that a professor will send you reminders.