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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McDougall, Scott Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hudson, Zachary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hunt, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Auger-Methe, Marie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Huan, Tao Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Osborne, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Whitton, Jeannette Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Zahl, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pennell, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.