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
Begley, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Meloche, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Cole, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wong, Judy Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wade, Bryan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ford, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Nicol, Cynthia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Courneya, Carol-Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Pattabiraman, Karthik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nagamune, Ryozo Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Meyer, Karen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
James, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rensink, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Psychology
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Griess, Verena Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
McDonald, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
McNeilly, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Grecov, Dana Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Prange, Sebastian 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.