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
Ryan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Barker, Shaun Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Miller, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Eskelson, Bianca Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Nelson, Harry William Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Hutchinson, Norman Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lo, Owen Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Walker, Judith Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Jovel, Eduardo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Zebehazy, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
de Villiers, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Waterman, Stephanie Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Cheng, Jie Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
McAllister, Murdoch Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Plan, Yaniv Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Ayas, Najib Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Harder, Kenneth Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Boyd, David Associate Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Hedtrich, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Wong, Harvey Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Wang Kazun, Siyun Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Frankel, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.