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 facult 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
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McCormack, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cullis, Pieter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Walter, Pierre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.