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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Parkes, Debra Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Vercammen, James Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
LeBaron, Michelle Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Culham, J A Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.