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 descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Nguyen, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Nislow, Corey Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Noack, Frederik Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Noda, Shunya Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Noh, Minkyun Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nolan, Seonaid Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norman, Moss Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Oberle, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ojukwu, Emmanuela Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Oliffe, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Orbaugh, Sharalyn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

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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.