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
Lin, Li-Wen Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ahenakew, Cash Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Jovel, Eduardo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Tran, Martino Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
LeMoult, Joelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Osborne, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Murphy, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Baldauf, Markus Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sellers, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Johnson, Kate Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Keenan, Harper Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Somasekharan, Syam Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences

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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.