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
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Chatman, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Varcoe, Colleen Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Gurstein, Penelope Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Metcalfe, Amy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

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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.