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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Milner, Valery Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Potter, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Kaitlyn Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Madzwamuse, Anotida Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics

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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.