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 faculty 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
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Overall, Christopher Mark Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Brinkman, Ryan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Wetton, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.