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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Beswick, Samuel Peter Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hayat, Zahra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Yeung, Ira Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Gladwin, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Clifford, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Cheong, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Keenan, Harper Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering

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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.