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
Damascelli, Andrea Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Johnson, Pauline Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Evenden, Matthew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Fraser, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Mohn, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
El-Kassaby, Yousry Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Granot, Frieda Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Martin-Matthews, Anne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Lovato, Chris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Zhang, Yuelin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Takahata, Kenichi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pai, Dinesh Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.