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
Sellers, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Sari, Elif Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Wisnovsky, Simon Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Zaiontz, Keren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Carrillo, Juli Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Li, Xiaoxiao Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Somasekharan, Syam Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Barnett, Kristen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pikulina, Elena Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Thibeault, Marina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Patterson, Christopher Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Heagy, Lindsey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Johnson, Kate Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Karimi, Aryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Frostad, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Brar, Gurcharn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Yan, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Rahmani, Mona Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mokak Teguia, Alberto Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Singh, Amritpal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Lee, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Marshall, Katie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Mitchell, Cameron Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Mitchell, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kravchenko, Sergii Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Wiesner, Felix Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood 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.