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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Parkes, Debra Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Richardson, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fraser, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Carenini, Giuseppe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
LeBaron, Michelle Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hesselink, Nathan Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music

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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.