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 Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Whittaker, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Wyatt, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Reid, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Szkup, Michal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lis, Mieszko Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
McKee, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Shawwash, Ziad K Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hunt, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Auger-Methe, Marie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Bundon, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological 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.
    Attend an information session

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