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
Speller, Camilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Tocheva, Elitza Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Walker, Judith Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Barbic, Skye Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Dao Duc, Khanh Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Reilly, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Burton, Cole Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Auger-Methe, Marie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Wyatt, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Whittaker, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Forde, Shawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Poudrier, Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Haney, Cara Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gornall, Will Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Kramer, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Douglas, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Waterman, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gibson, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moran, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Skoulakis, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Tipper, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

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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.