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
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Picard, Sebastien Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Reid, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kiefl, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Waltham, Christopher 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.