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
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Redish, Angela Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
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
Marshall, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Anderson, Ann Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ghioca, Dragos Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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

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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.