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
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
McCormack, James Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Mathison, Sandra Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Burgess, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology

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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.