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
Paulhus, Delroy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Alila, Younes Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zed, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ritland, Kermit Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Berman, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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.