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 ascending Academic Unit
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Plotkin, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Jankowski, Jill Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marshall, Katie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lister, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Michal, Carl Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Rhodin, Helge Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhitnitsky, Ariel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Cheung, Wai Lung Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kronstad, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
MacFarlane, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Austin, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.