Research Supervisors

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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
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Marshall, Toph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Hunt, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stirling, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Monteyne, Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lavoie, Pascal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wood, Frank Donald Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Graf, Daniel Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.