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
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Avramidis, Stavros Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice

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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.