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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Koppes, Michele Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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.