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
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
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
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Poh, Catherine Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Evans, Philip David Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.