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
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Fraser, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Berman, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Merida-Donis, Walter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Beatty, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
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
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Joseph, K.S. Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Population and Public Health

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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.