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
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
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bartha, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ling, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dunn, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Nicol, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bailey, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Urologic Sciences
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
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Farrell, Anthony Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Zoology
Kopylova, Maya Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Reiner, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hsiang, York Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hubley, Anita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology

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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.