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
Frankel, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Brondani, Mario Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zerriffi, Hisham Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Favilukis, Jack Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Roecker, Inge Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Holuszko, Maria Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Avina, Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Loewen, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Donnelly, Leeann Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Giaever, Guri Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wang, Yanwen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering

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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.