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
Prescott, Cindy Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Wilkes, Rima Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Grayston, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Scoates, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Evans, Philip David Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kim, Young-Heon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cannon, Joanna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lauer, Sean Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science

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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.