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
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lee, Jae-Hyeok Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Williams, Karla Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Hung, Lillian Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Boyd, Jade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zhou, Mi Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Pasquier, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hacihaliloglu, Ilker Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Flannigan, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jacobs, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Whittaker, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Corella Morales, Meghan Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Zheng, Xin Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Rights, Jason Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Deer, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Puterman, Eli Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Loewen, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice

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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.