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
Ling, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
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
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Farrell, Anthony Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Zoology
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Singer, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
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
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Marshall, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science

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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.