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 facult 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
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Burke, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry
Ahenakew, Cash Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Nolde, Natalia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Steen, John Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Cox, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Williams, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Castellarin, Simone Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Marshall Manriquez, Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Clune, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bournot-Trites, Monique Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Roehr, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
James, Gareth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laronde, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer 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.