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
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
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

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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.