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
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ghahary, Aziz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Soussloff, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Winter, Ralph Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Marshall, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Helsley, Robert Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Russell, Joseph Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies

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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.