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
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Salamon, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Sarsons, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gopalakrishnan, Sathish Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Lazrak, Ali Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Douglas, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Lee, Gene Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Dick, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cornil, Yann Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Lynn, Francis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Eryigit Madzwamuse, Suna Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Schmidt, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Steen, John Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Renwick, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Zhang, Jenny Li Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems

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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.