Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Nolde, Natalia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ryan, Katherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Madzwamuse, Anotida Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Todesco, Marco Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yoon, Dongwook Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Stephenson, Corey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.