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
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Angert, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Plan, Yaniv Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Parfrey, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mizumoto, Kota Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Marshall, Katie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hudson, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Smit, Matthijs Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics

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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.