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".

Namesort descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Watson, Donald Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Weary, Daniel Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Webb, P. Taylor Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Webster, Crystal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Weijs, Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Whittaker, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Williams, Karla Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Wiseman, Sam Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Wittman, Hannah Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.