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
Reiner, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacPhee, Maura Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McCormack, James Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical 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.