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 ascending Academic Unit
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
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pasquier, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wei, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
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
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bachmann, Sven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Holmes-Cerfon, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.