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
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Weary, Daniel Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Russell, Joseph Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.