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
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Coops, Nicholas Charles Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Griffin, Dale Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Russell, Joseph Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wang, Rizhi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Giammarino, Ronald Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Srivastava, Diane Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Thorne, Sally Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Irwin, Rita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Trebbi, Francesco Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Moore, Robert Daniel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Marshall, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
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
Black, Thomas Andrew Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Bryman, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Rieseberg, Loren Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy

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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.