It is never too early to begin thinking about a supervisor for your research essay or thesis. First, it is necessary to have a field in place and to have in mind a topic, if not an argument or guiding principle to your research. Individual faculty members are valuable resources that can help a student explore possible ideas, even if they do not eventually become the student’s supervisor. There is no formal way of approaching a potential supervisor. However, it is incumbent upon the student to initiate contact by asking a faculty member in person or by email. The Graduate Supervisor can recommend to the student suitable supervisors. For ENGL 5908, all arrangements are “informal” until the Graduate Supervisor has received a signed proposal form, accompanied by a research proposal that the essay’s supervisor has read and approved.