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
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Schreiber, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cunliffe, Emma Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Veenstra, Gerry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Brander, James Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Isaacson, Michael D Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Pickles, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Turner, Robin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ross, E. Wayne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
MacLean, Karon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacDougall, Bruce Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tenzer, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lalji, Fawziah Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Arnovick, Leslie Katherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pitcher, Tony Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Goold, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Bryan, Jim Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dancygier, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Andersen, Raymond Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shepherd, Frederick Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Taylor, Eric Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

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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.