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 ascending Academic Unit
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hirst, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McDougall, Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Saylor, Joel Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Reid, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhao, Jiaying Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Psychology
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.