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
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Madzwamuse, Anotida Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.