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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Black, Thomas Andrew Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Nunn, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Holbrook, Cay Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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.