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
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Cox, Daniel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology

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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.