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 facult 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
MacPhee, Maura Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Hirst, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Rottler, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Norton, Bonny Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Piret, James Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mathison, Sandra Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Andres, Lesley Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Borgen, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.