Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Pindell, Ngai Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Guan, Leluo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Webb, P. Taylor Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hunt, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ayas, Najib Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Cerri, Ronaldo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Jevitt, Cecilia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ross, Colin Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Nagamune, Ryozo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Greenstreet, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.