Research Supervisors

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
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Skoretz, Stacey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ducharme, Michel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kontogiorgos, Vasileios Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Hardisty, David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Wu, Amery Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Rubin, Julia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Flannigan, Ryan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Zerriffi, Hisham Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Paltin, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chew, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hastie, Bethany Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Klein, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.