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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Guan, Leluo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, 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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.