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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Burgess, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Gold, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Richman, Joy Marion Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Pelech, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Hare, Jan Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vercammen, James Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Schajer, Gary Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bromme, Dieter Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Harvey, Nicholas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Zed, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Clifton, Kelly Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Kitts, David 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.