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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jevitt, Cecilia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ma, Hongshen Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Tran, Martino Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Qian, Yue Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kim, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Mchale, Melissa Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Haney, Cara Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Zeitlin, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cavanaugh, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Paltin, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Regier, Dean Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Madden, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schuetz, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.