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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dauvergne, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Gleason, Mona Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Boushel, Robert Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brinkman, Ryan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Paulhus, Delroy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Boschma, Geertje Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Stoessl, A Jonathan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
MacFarlane, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Schafer, Laurel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Richardson, Alan Walter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Angert, Amy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
DeLongis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Warburton, Darren Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Alila, Younes Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zed, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Chen, Jiahua Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Mayer, Ulrich Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Li, Kai Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Zhang, Lewei Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Faulkner, Guy Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology

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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.