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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Rechnitzer, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cytrynbaum, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Salcudean, Tim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Lalji, Fawziah Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Michal, Carl Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Hirsh, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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.