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
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Roskelley, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
McCormick, S Thomas Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Berman, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Van Waerbeke, Ludovic Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Miller, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law

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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.