Research Supervisors

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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
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Koppes, Michele Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hoppmann, Christiane Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Brander, James Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Bansback, Nick Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Kumpulainen, Kristiina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
O'Brien, Heather Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.