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 facult 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".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Crocker, Peter Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
LeBaron, Michelle Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Roskams, Angela Jane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Redfield, Rosemary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Troczynski, Tom Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Affleck, Ian Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Bhargava, Vijay Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance

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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.