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
Vaziri, Reza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Anis, Aslam Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Chang, Dorothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Ramdorai, Sujatha Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
von Bergmann, Hsingchi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hu, Alan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
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
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Woodward, Todd Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Huh, Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Robinson, Sandra Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

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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.