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
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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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.