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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Korthauer, Keegan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zhao, Jiaying Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Psychology
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.