Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmader, Toni Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ma, Hongshen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lemieux, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work

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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.