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
Dunford, William Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Mathison, Sandra Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Vertinsky, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Justice, Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Maldonado, Maite Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Burt, Helen Mary Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Anderson, Ann Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry
Bostock, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Anstee, Richard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wong, Judy Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film

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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.