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
Hancock, Robert E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Slade, Gordon Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cretu, Edmond Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
von Bergmann, HsingChi Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Zhang, Anming Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Clarke, Lorne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Altintas, Yusuf Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Cautis, Sabin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Zhen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bertram, Allan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Taylor, Alison Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Huh, Woonghee Tim Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Heatley, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Martinez, Mark Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Clark, Penney Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Abdi, Ali Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Harley, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Finlay, B Brett Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Van Willigenburg, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Fraser, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Lynd, Larry Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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
Duff, Patricia Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies

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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.