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
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lalji, Fawziah Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Englezos, Peter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Li, Shyh-dar Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dawes, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Brinkman, Ryan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Bakan, Joel Conrad Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Young, Richard Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Rogers, Theresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Ries, John Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Christensen, Villy Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Perrin, Benjamin Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hall, David Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Arnovick, Leslie Katherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Parkes, Debra Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Van Waerbeke, Ludovic Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Ciufolini, Marco Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pavlich, Dennis Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Van Eeden, Stephanus Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Unruh, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Straus, Suzana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dunbar, W Scott Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Allen, Susan Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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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.