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".

Namesort ascending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Berman, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Berciu, Mona Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Benson-Amram, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bennett, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Bena, Jan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Begley, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Baylis, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Baum, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bates, Genevieve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Bass, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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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.