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
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Bryson, Mary Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Wood, John Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Lazarus, Liora Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cameron, Maxwell Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kubota, Ryuko Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Conati, Cristina Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Troczynski, Tom Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wachs, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Fisher, Adlai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Chatman, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ogilvie, Gina Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Mank, Judith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Paulhus, Delroy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chang Bortolussi, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bungay, Victoria Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Brander, James Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.