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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Jin, Xiao Liang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ojukwu, Emmanuela Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Bhargava, Vijay Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Yedlin, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Holuszko, Maria Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dev, Rubee Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Macdonald, Christopher Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Ballarin, Roberta Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Vellutini, Claudio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Orell, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Salamon, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Marshall, Hallie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Turin, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Lyon, Annabel Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Bowers, Katherine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies

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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.