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
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Alila, Younes Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bohlmann, Joerg Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Singer, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Wright, David Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Biukovic, Ljiljana Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Schluter, Dolph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mathison, Sandra Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, 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.