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 faculty 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
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Soja, Peter Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jenkins, Carrie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Stewart, James Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Klinkenberg, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Harris, Leila Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Harrigan, Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Pottinger, Rachel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Rozali, Moshe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Loewen, Philip Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Anderson, David Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Benard, Francois Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Matthews, Jaymie Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Plotkin, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Masse, Louise Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual 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.