Research Supervisors

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
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Algar, Russ Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
O'Brien, Heather Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Ryan, Katherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Fisher, Alexander Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.