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 facult 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".

Namesort descending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sims Gould, Joan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Sindelar, Robert Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Singer, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Skarlicki, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Skoretz, Stacey Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Skoulakis, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Sly, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Small, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Small, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Smit, Matthijs Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Smith, Tai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Solymosi, Jozsef Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Song, Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Soskuthy, Marton Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soules, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sowlati, Taraneh Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Speller, Camilla Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Squires, Munir Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.