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".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hubball, Harry Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine

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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.