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
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Mérida, Walter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Rysanek, Adam Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haase, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Jaeger, Nicolas A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Testa, Carlo Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Huemoeller, Katharine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Musto, Michela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.