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
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Marcus, Brian Harry Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Burt, Helen Mary Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Saddler, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hubball, Harry Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Wasteneys, Geoff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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.