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
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Daugaard, Mads Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Karwowska, Bozena Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Kornelsen, Jude Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Wang, Guangyu Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Montgomery, Harpell Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Mesbah, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Taylor, Timothy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
O'Brien, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kojevnikov, Alexei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Scudamore, Charles Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Leaf, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Nagata, K Wayne Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film

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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.