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".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Allen, Susan Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Affolder, Natasha Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Rodrigues, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jellinek, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Culham, J A Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Maberley, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sheppard, Stephen Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Pailer, Gaby Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
McKay, Heather Anne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual 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.