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
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Andres, Lesley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Joseph, K.S. Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Population and Public Health
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Evans, Philip David Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.