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
Hastie, Bethany Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Schiebinger, Geoffrey Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hung, Lillian Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ojukwu, Emmanuela Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Jessri, Mahsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Montwe, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Jin, Xiao Liang Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Black, Alexis Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Weijs, Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Murphy, Rachel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Robillard, Julie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Margulis, Matias Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Vora, Siddharth Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Bryce, Benjamin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Clifford, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Carrillo, Juli Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Grenz, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Williams, Karla Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Flannigan, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Knipfer, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology

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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.