Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-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 thesis 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 "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Samuels, Anne Lacey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Leyton-Brown, Kevin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hoegg, Jo Andrea Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Nardizzi, Vin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Anderson, Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Oberoi, Harjot Singh Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Coombs, Daniel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Wilton, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hopewell, Kristen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Jorgenson, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hinshaw, Gary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Zwicker, Jill Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Zed, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ma, Hongshen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Scott, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Cox, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Kong, Hoi Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Matsell, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Holmes, Reid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Karwowska, Bozena Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Fels, S Sidney Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies

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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.
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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.