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".

Namesort descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Soon, Judith Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Soskuthy, Marton Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Soussloff, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Speller, Camilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Stacey, Jocelyn Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stamp, Philip C Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Steen, John Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Stefanska, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Stevens, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Stewart, James Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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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.