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
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Creighton, Millie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Cool, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hsiung, Ging-Yuek Robin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Walsh, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Wang, Yanwen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Scudamore, Charles Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Afshar, Kourosh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Nathan, Lisa Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Chaudhry, Ayesha Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Yoon, Florence Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Feeley, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Talmy, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lucyshyn, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Almeida, Fernanda Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hein, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Paltin, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Trajano, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & 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.