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
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Li, Loretta Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Varcoe, Colleen Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Froese, Richard Gerd Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Overall, Christopher Mark Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.