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 facult 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
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kunst, Ljerka Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Zahl, Joshua Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Williams, Ben Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Roskams, Angela Jane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cytrynbaum, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Affleck, Ian Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pennell, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Shadwick, Robert Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Redfield, Rosemary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.