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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jankowski, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.