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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Bhargava, Vijay Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Masse, Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gillen, David Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baumbusch, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Pauly, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Krems, Roman Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hodges, Nicola Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology

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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.