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
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Helsley, Robert Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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.