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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bachmann, Sven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Holmes-Cerfon, Miranda Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Ye, Ziliang Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gantois, Joséphine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Stephenson, Corey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Zhao, Jiaying Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Psychology
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

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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.