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 facult 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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
De Longis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Pramanik, Malabika Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lalji, Fawziah Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Arnovick, Leslie Katherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pitcher, Tony Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Mercer, Sterett Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Irwin, Darren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Isaacson, Michael D Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Trebbi, Francesco Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Richardson, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pawlowicz, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Kemple, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
McAusland, Carol Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Poh, Catherine Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Gustafson, Stephen James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Nagarajan, Mahesh Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics

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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.