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
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Almeida, Fernanda Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Guenette, Jordan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Roosa, John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gordon, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Small, Jeff Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Rodrigues, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

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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.