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
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Forsyth, Janice Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
McCormack, James Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Cimolai, Nevio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guy, Robert Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics

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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.