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
Ma, Hongshen Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stacey, Jocelyn Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Han, Sandrine Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Black, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wang, Guangyu Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Zerriffi, Hisham Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Rouse, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Roland, Elke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Gordon, Julia Yulia Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bansback, Nick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hooper, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Jean, Francois Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hedtrich, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Lee, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Hohl, Corinne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Webb, P. Taylor Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology

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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.