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
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ghaziani, Amin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kelly, Deirdre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Christie, Gordon Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science

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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.