Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Scott, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hohl, Corinne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Afshar, Kourosh Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Holmes, Reid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Black, Thomas Andrew Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.