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 faculty 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
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Metcalfe, Amy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany

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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.