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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hooper, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering, School of Community and Regional Planning
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Shawwash, Ziad K Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lokman, Kees Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Isaacson, Michael D Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
MacPhee, Maura Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Molina Hutt, Carlos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ranger, Manon Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Zou, Zhengbo Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lyon, Annabel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lee, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.