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
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wang Kazun, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Antweiler, Werner Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Hastie, Bethany Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Zou, Bingshuang Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jevitt, Cecilia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Silverberg, Noah Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lightfoot, Sheryl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Poole, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Jin, Xiao Liang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Chang, Silvia Diana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Hooper, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Robinson, Dylan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.