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
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
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
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lemay, Valerie Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Clarke, Anthony Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
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
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
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
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

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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.