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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Park, So Eun Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marshall, Katie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Reilly, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Antwi, Phanuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
LeMoult, Joelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lee, Jongho Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Malakaj, Ervin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Knight, Rodney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Bryant, S Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Barbic, Skye Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Byrne, Fionn Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Michaletz, Sean Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Moore, Marcus Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bian, Bo Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lee, Sanghoon Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Biesanz, Jeremy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Howard, Fuchsia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

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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.