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 faculty 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
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gillen, David Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures

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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.