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
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Poh, Catherine Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Mérida, Walter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Ryan, Katherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.