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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gao, Lucy Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Otto, Sarah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Campbell, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Murugan, Mathav Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
White, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Clune, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
King, Kayla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Zoology
Pleiss, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gujarati, Arpan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lister, Alison Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sugioka, Kenji Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wang, Yan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ramer, Matthew Associate 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.