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".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Etminan, Mahyar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hirst, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ohlin, Alix Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Van Handel, Leigh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gaston, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Small, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Park, Kyung Ae Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Dalziel, Pamela Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Roland, Elke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hall, Kathleen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Liao, Carol Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tessier, Anne-Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
McDonald, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Du, Caigan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Nguyen, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Sly, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sammis, Glenn Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Buckley, Anne Regina Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
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.