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
van Jaarsveld, Danielle Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dahl, Darren Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Mitchell, Ian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wittman, Hannah Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

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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.