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
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Holbrook, Cay Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Avramidis, Stavros Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Wittman, Hannah Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Chau, Albert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sheppard, Stephen Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science

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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.