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
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Brinkman, Ryan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering

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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.