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 Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Whitlock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lister, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Schleich, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Li, Yue-Xian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cytrynbaum, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Giang, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zou, Ke Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Robeva, Elina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hallas, Alannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Man, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lecuyer, Mathias Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shadwick, Robert Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ramer, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gaynor, Erin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kiczales, Gregor Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tseng, Michelle Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics

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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.