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Where to Go for Help

From time to time you may have questions or need help with things going on in your life as a graduate student. We are here to help! The table below is meant to serve as a rough guide for who to approach with different kinds of questions. Start with the first person on the list and if they can’t help or it’s not appropriate to ask them, you can move to the next person on the list.

This table is not exhaustive and may not capture every issue you could encounter as a graduate student. Depending on the situation, there are many different people you could approach. Your supervisor is always a good first point of contact, as are the Grad Admin and the Grad Chair. If they can’t help you directly, they can always point you in the right direction.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of specific contacts within the Department and the Faculty of Science.

If you need help with… Try contacting
Forms and paperwork Grad Admin –
Payroll Grad Admin –
  1. Grad Admin –
  2. Grad Chair
Degree Requirements
  1. Grad Admin –
  2. Grad Chair
Academic/research issues
  1. Supervisor
  2. Committee Members
  3. Grad Chair
  4. Department Chair
  5. Associate Dean, Graduate Studies –
TA position issue
  1. Course instructor
  2. TA Coordinator
  3. Grad Chair
  4. Department Chair
Supervisor issues
  1. Grad Chair
  2. Department Chair
  3. Associate Dean, Graduate Studies –
Appealing an academic decision
  1. Supervisor/Committee Chair
  2. Grad Chair
  3. Department Chair
  4. Associate Dean, Graduate Studies –
  5. Senate Board for Student Appeals

(see also section 5.3 of the Graduate Calendar)

Important Contacts

Name Position Email
Bhagwati Gupta Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Faculty of Science)
Ryan Trepanier Graduate Support Officer (Faculty of Science)
Gillian Goward Department Chair
Peter Kruse Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Chemistry
Tanja Petrovic Department Manager
Alastair Tracey Graduate Program Administrator, Chemistry
Terry Chu Research Lab Manager
Yurij Mozharivskyj Chemistry Seminar Coordinator
David Emslie Graduate Colloquium Coordinator
Jim McNulty Health and Safety Committee Chair
Peter Kruse TA Coordinator
Laura Matchett McMaster Chemistry Graduate Student Society (MCGSS) President
Novan Gray Graduate Student Ambassador
Alex Ly Graduate Student Ambassador
Dusan Srdic Graduate Student Ambassador