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
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Howe, LeAnn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zeigler, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
De Longis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Holbrook, Cay Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Roskams, Angela Jane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Duronio, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Weir, Lorraine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.