Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as 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 "Supervision".

Namesort descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Russell, Joseph Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Ryan, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ryan, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Rysanek, Adam Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sajjadiani, Sima Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Salamon, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Sam, Johanna Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Sammis, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sarfaty, Galit Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sargent, Risa Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Saylor, Joel Edward Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Scaman, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.