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 descending Faculty Academic Unit
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Roeser, Dominik Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Zou, Bingshuang Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Caragata, Lea Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Asselin, Marlene Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Puterman, Eli Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Favilukis, Jack Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Bachmann, Sven Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rogall, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Frostad, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Margulis, Matias Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Food, Nutrition & Health
Hickey, Kenneth Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Lee, Jae-Hyeok Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Vora, Siddharth Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Montwe, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Clifford, Amanda Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Park, So Eun Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Szkup, Michal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lis, Mieszko Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tran, Martino Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Stickles, Elise Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Bennett, Erica Assistant Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
McKee, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Williams, Karla Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hunt, Dallas Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Knipfer, Thorsten Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Miskovic, Sanja Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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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.