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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Matsui, Shigenori Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sundstrom, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Kasahara, Hiroyuki Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Schmader, Tanya Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.