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
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Prescott, Cindy Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Marshall, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lemay, Valerie Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hopkinson, Noelle Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Culham, J A Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
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
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Watson, Donald Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
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
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work

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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.