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
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
El-Kassaby, Yousry Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Granot, Frieda Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Reiner, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hsiang, York Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McMaster, W Robert 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.