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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shi, Ling Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Avramidis, Stavros Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
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
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Harrigan, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gaynor, Erin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kennepohl, Pierre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

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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.