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
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Parra Martinez, Julio Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Orsi, Anais Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Lemieux, Caroline Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Catherine Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.