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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Tipper, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Goerges, Matthias Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Musto, Michela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ostwald, Kai Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Barbic, Skye Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Moran, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Margulis, Matias Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Food, Nutrition & Health
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Smit, Matthijs Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Mokak Teguia, Alberto Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Montwe, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Kramer, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Douglas, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marshall, Katie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Bacca, Mattia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Parfrey, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Yeung, Sonia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Lee, Jongho Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Malakaj, Ervin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Moore, Marcus Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Rojas Gaona, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Wood Science
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Masri, Bassam Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
La Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Kunst, Ljerka Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
MacPhee, Maura Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing

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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.