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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Zappa, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Brondani, Mario Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Castellarin, Simone Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Marshall Manriquez, Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Lewis, Avram Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zerriffi, Hisham Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Pritchard, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jenkins, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Roehr, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Leaf, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Schnellert, Leyton Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Anderson, Scott Allen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Brown, Helen Jean Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Ishiguro, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Arbel, Efrat Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law

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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.