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
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Campbell, Heather Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bedke, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Varcoe, Colleen Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Froese, Richard Gerd Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
O'Connor, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wilson, Brian Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
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
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology

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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.