Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 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 "Supervision".

Namesort descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sarfaty, Galit Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Saylor, Joel Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Scaman, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schanding, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Schuetz, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Scott, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.
    Attend an information session

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