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
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lee, Jae-Hyeok Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Osborne, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kunst, Ljerka Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pasquier, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
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
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
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
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Froese, Richard Gerd Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kastrup, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany

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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.