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
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Alvarez Moreno, Raul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Wang, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Eskelson, Bianca Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Leaf, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Brondani, Mario Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Elmo, Davide Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Poole, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Antweiler, Werner Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Frankel, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Li, Duanduan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hedtrich, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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.