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
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
De Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Guppy, Neil Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological 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.