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
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sheppard, Stephen Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwon, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Richardson, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Li, Guofang Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ross, Thomas Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Macdougall, Mary Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability

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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.