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
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hopkinson, Nalo Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Forsyth, Janice Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hermiston, Nancy Jane Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Alila, Younes Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bryman, Douglas 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.