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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Erin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hallas, Alannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Orians, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Kiefl, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Leitch, Duncan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric 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.