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 facult 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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Leitch, Duncan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kennepohl, Pierre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mizumoto, Kota Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Erin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Zahl, Joshua Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McDougall, Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hudson, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Redfield, Rosemary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Affleck, Ian Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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.