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
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guy, Robert Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Scoates, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lavoie, Pascal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Ruitenberg, Claudia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies

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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.