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
van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kramer, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Shariff, Azim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Chamberlain, Sandra Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Parfrey, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Wu, Chunhua Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Field, Thalia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Britton, Dennis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lee, Tim Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Du, Caigan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Koppes, Michele Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Almeida, Fernanda Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Louie, Dustin Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Xia, Guangrui Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beschastnikh, Ivan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Tom, Allison Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kim, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Gill, Hartej Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.