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 faculty 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
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Clarke, Anthony Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Stothers, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Walter, Pierre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia 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.