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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Zanotti, Cristina Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wu, Lyndia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Rojas, Orlando Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Kravchenko, Sergii Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tran, Martino Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Bacca, Mattia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Swei, Omar Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Liao, Renjie Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wen, Kefei Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Yin, Shoufu Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ayan, Irem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Chapman, Mary Ann Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures

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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.