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
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Te Punga Somerville, Alice Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
MacLure, Malcolm Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Mérida, Walter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Black, Thomas Andrew Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Zed, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Kunst, Ljerka Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics

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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.