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
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
LeBaron, Michelle Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences



Other Researcher Directories

    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.