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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry

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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.