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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hirst, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fu, Hu Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hallas, Alannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kastrup, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Osborne, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Rensink, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Psychology
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science

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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.