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
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
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
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pennell, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Hunt, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Auger-Methe, Marie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.