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
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Jetter, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Lam, Raymond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Eberhardt, Erik Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Li, Hao Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Guy, Robert Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Snutch, Terrance Preston Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Choptuik, Matthew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wong, Vincent Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Feng, Steve Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Eltis, Lindsay Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Orvig, Chris Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Prescott, Cindy Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Enns, James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Shepherd, Frederick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Wolf, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Evans, Philip David Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
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
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Sheppard, Stephen Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.