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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Lister, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Allen, Susan Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Auger-Methe, Marie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Horwitz, Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Angert, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Laba, Izabella Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pitcher, Tony Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.