Research Supervisors

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 Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Hunt, Brian Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Nelson, Harry William Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Black, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Sin, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Palombo, Daniela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Huyser, Kimberly Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Lange, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Conklin, Annalijn Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Stevens, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hofri-Winogradow, Adam Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Lee, Jongho Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kerns, Connor Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cornil, Yann Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Li, Minghao Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Knight, Vicki Floyd Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational 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.