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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kojevnikov, Alexei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chaudhry, Ayesha Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Kastrup, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
MacFarlane, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Goble, Scott Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Madden, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kennedy, Lori Associate 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
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History

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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.