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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gillen, David Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Miller, Freda Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wong, Judy Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alden, Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Irwin, Rita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Walter, Pierre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Nashon, Samson Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

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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.