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
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Andres, Lesley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Henry, Annette Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ross, Thomas Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Young, Richard Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Ruse, N Dorin Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine 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.