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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hariri, Amani Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kunimoto, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Achermann, Reto Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lister, Alison Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hein, Jason Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hickey, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Gordon, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.