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
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Roman, Leslie Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Farrell, Anthony Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Zoology
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Chanway, Christopher Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Shi, Ling Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Bombardini, Matilde Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gustafson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Chen, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
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
Sossi, Vesna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wyatt, Christopher Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Heckman, Nancy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Ford, Cristie Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Dipple, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Tanner, Martin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mazawi, Andre Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Lim, Choon Jim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
McIntosh, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry
Karu, Kalle Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Wiseman, Sam Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.