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
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Matthews, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kiefl, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Auger-Methe, Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Damascelli, Andrea 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.