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
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Ahmed, Rumee Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Benedet, Janine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Masse, Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ferreira Da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Scott, Alexander Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Aviles, Leticia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ferraz, Claudio Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ghahary, Aziz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Young, Margot Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Graham, Sean Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Daniels, Lori Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Savage, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Van Raamsdonk, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Burt, Helen Mary Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Bi, Xiaotao Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
McGrenere, Joanna Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Clark, Luke Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Butler, Deborah Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Weis, Dominique Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

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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.