Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Avramidis, Stavros Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Brussoni, Mariana Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Vercammen, James Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
King, Kayla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Zoology
Andres, Lesley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Graf, Daniel Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Wiseman, Sam Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Collier, Abby Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
De Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Yachie, Nozomu Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.