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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Clifton, Kelly Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Nagamune, Ryozo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Guy, Robert Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Helsley, Robert Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wong, Judy Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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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.