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
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Wood, Jasper Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Lemay, Valerie Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Feng, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Evans, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Grant, Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chan, Kai Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Renneckar, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Li, Guofang Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
White, Katherine Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Stuart, Gavin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Rogak, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Graf, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pante, Nelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lindsey, Charles Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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.