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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Bhargava, Vijay Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gurstein, Penelope Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brinkman, Ryan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Harris, Douglas Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Lundholm, Russell Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice

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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.