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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
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
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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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.