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
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Madden, John Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Pickles, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Richardson, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chua, Romeo Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Dahl, Darren Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Froese, Richard Gerd Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Bizzotto, Dan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.