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
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Adem, Alejandro Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mostow, Joshua Scott Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Waltham, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Lemay, Valerie Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cousland, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Campbell, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McKenna, Janis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.