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
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Henry, Annette Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Alaica, Aleksa Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Feng, Haibo Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rosen, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Greyson, Devon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ding, Jiarui Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Thomasen, Kristen Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lee, Jongho Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Palombo, Daniela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schummers, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Nesbitt, Lorien Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Keenan, Harper Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
McGee, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Di Matteo, Olivia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hirsch-Reinshagen la, Veronica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mack, Johnny Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Szkup, Michal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Byrne, Fionn Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Salfi, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Agarwal, Isha Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Szabo, Krisztina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering

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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.