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 facult 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
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
El-Kassaby, Yousry Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Van Waerbeke, Ludovic Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Ciufolini, Marco Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Eich, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Ries, John Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business 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.