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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Jones, Charlotte Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Devlin, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Shekhar, Sudip Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Macdonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pina, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Bettinger, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Almeida, Fernanda Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wang, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Abu-Laban, Riyad Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Langton, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lister, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Poole, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Talmy, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Ho, Anita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Angert, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing

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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.