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
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ross, Thomas Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Granot, Frieda Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Collier, Abby Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Goldowitz, Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.