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
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hunt, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Smit, Matthijs Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hart, Craig Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Angert, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Haney, Cara Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mizumoto, Kota Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mattison, Thomas Associate 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.