Research Supervisors

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
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Dahl, Darren Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Hopewell, Kristen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Madzwamuse, Anotida Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Nolde, Natalia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.