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
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Buttyan, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Weir, Lorraine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Trebbi, Francesco Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McCormack, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cullis, Pieter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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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.