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
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
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
Davies, Jonathan Associate 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
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Plotkin, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Thompson, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bagger, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
O'Connor, Mary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Beatty, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Poole, David 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.