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
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Nagamune, Ryozo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology

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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.