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
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Lalji, Fawziah Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Avramidis, Stavros Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
De Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Milstein, Sara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Robertson, Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Salcudean, Tim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

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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.