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
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Rodrigues, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kiefl, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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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.