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
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Tomc, Sandra Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Joseph, K.S. Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Population and Public Health
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tracy, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.