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
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

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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.