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
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Culham, J A Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Winter, Ralph Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Hymel, Shelley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cullis, Pieter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wood, Stepan Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.