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
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
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
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Rohling, Robert Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cimolai, Nevio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hauert, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.