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
Lukes, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rideout, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Oberle, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Clough, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Protopopova, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Leitch, Duncan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Blakney, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Matthew, Ian Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nolan, Seonaid Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Tokuyama, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Fewster, Kayla Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kaushal, Asha Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Park, Mi Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Holuszko, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Skoulakis, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Osborne, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pratap Singh, Anubhav Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tu, Qingshi Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Nelson, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Ziels, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Jurkevics, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Parent, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wu, Helena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gornall, Will Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Gladwin, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education

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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.