Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Almeida, Fernanda Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Small, Jeff Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Carlson, Murray Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Gordon, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Li, Loretta Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ross, Colin Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.