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
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Inglis, J Timothy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Hurd, Laura Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Raibmon, Paige Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Sarra, Janis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Effros, Bonnie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Groat, Lee Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gopaluni, Bhushan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Holbrook, Cay Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hermida, Alfred Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Troczynski, Tom Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Gunderson, Lee Paul Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability

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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.