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
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Shi, Ling Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Murphy, Gail Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Konijnendijk, Cecil Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

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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.