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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Stephenson, Corey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bachmann, Sven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Marshall, Toph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Hunt, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stirling, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ajjawi, Rola Professor Faculty of Medicine
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kobor, Michael 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.