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
Aquino, Karl Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Laval, Bernard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Stecklov, Guy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Day, Susan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Beckie, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Berbee, Mary Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Satterfield, Theresa Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Sork, Tom Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Kuus, Merje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Gladman, Brett Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Russell, Kelly Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hepburn, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Li, Xin Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Davies, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Doebeli, Michael Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology
Devlin, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Leung, Cyril Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Cimolai, Nevio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice

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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.