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
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
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
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
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
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Madzwamuse, Anotida Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.