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
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bailey, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology
Anderson, Ann Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Dunford, William Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hubball, Harry Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Peacock, Simon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Duff, David Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
De Longis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.