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
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bundon, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Dee, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Nichols, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Clifford, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guerin, Ayasha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Grenz, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Peck, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Skoretz, Stacey Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Yang, Bicheng Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Jessri, Mahsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Clifford, Robert Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Reid, Jolene Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hutchinson, Peter Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Parra, Alvaro Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Yi, Kwang Moo Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Frommel, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Brigham, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Daniels, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Petherick, Leanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering
McCormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Bochnak, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Scholes, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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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.