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
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zebehazy, Kim Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Marshall, Toph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hopewell, Kristen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pindell, Ngai Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Myers-Smith, Isla Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.