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
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Bailey, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Isaacson, Michael D Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kopec, Jacek Andrzej Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Richardson, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.