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
Anderson, Ann Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Redish, Angela Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Putnins, Edward Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Eich, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Muehlmann, Shaylih Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Edelstein-Keshet, Leah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fernandez, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Folk, Joshua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rankin, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Abraham, Ninan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics

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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.