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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Prescott, Cindy Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ries, John Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine

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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.