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
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Lim, Choon Jim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
McIntosh, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Redfield, Rosemary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wong, Judy Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Affleck, Ian Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Vercammen, James Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Farrell, Anthony Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Zoology
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Koehle, Michael Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.