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".

Namesort ascending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Campbell, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Byrne, Fionn Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Byrne, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Burgess, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics
Burgess, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Bundon, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Bryant, Ross Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brussoni, Mariana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.