Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Weber, Barbara Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sinner, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Vercammen, James Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Stephenson, Corey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.