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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hamel, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Mitton, Craig Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Zwicker, Jill Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Reichstein, Zinovy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Liu, Siyuan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Halpern, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Guenette, Jordan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Altshuler, Doug Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Macfarlane, Allison Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.