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
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Englezos, Peter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Li, Shyh-Dar Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Henry, Annette Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
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
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Van Waerbeke, Ludovic Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Ciufolini, Marco Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Beatty, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.