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".

Advice how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
McCormick, S Thomas Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.