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 facult 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
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ellis, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Begley, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lo, Kin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Mizumoto, Kota Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Roy, Marina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Burton, Cole Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wagner, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Loutzenheiser, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Ortiz Molina, Hernan Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Christopoulos, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Yadav, Vikramaditya Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Shekhar, Sudip Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nagata, K Wayne Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Khan, Samia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wilbur, Kerry Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rahmim, Arman Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Reynolds, Graham Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wu, Chunhua Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Scaman, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Hanser, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Perla, Jesse Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gopalakrishnan, Sathish Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Currie, Leanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work

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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.