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
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Duronio, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Barnes, Trevor Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Haynes, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wood, John Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Berlinguette, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
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
Hieter, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
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
Menzies, Charles Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Van de Panne, Michiel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kitts, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Maijer, Daan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Jenson, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
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
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yen, Edwin H Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Banthia, Nemkumar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Matsuuchi, Linda Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Lam, Tania Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haapasalo, Markus Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability

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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.