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
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chritz, Kendra Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jankowski, Jill Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sammis, Glenn Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Yoon, Dongwook Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Murugan, Mathav Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
d'Arcy, Mitch Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Orians, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Kiefl, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Franz, Marcel 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.