Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Zebehazy, Kim Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Zeitlin, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Olson, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Aronson, Meigan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Li, Hongbin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Zwicker, Jill Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.