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 Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gillen, David Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Konijnendijk, Cecil Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Berman, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Burt, Helen Mary Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

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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.