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".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Ashe, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Courneya, Carol-Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Ford, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Sundstrom, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Sims Gould, Joan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Zhang, Hao Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Koppes, Michele Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Webb, P. Taylor Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Gsponer, Joerg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
McDonald, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Campbell, Suzanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Boley, Aaron Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ayas, Najib Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Sarfaty, Galit Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry

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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.