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
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sayed, Tarek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Elmo, Davide Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Petrina, Stephen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Ortner, Christoph Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Bhargava, Vijay Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Masse, Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gillen, David Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Laroussi, Farid Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Gaynor, Erin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Balmforth, Neil Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

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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.