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
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
Bagger, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jones, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Yilmaz, Ozgur Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Mathison, Sandra Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Evans, Philip David Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Martone, Patrick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Thompson, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hunt, Michael Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Feng, James Jingtao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Feng, Hsi-Yung Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hsiang, York Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lakshmanan, Laks Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Behrend, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Lemieux, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hickson, Paul Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Marziali, Andre Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Marshall, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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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.