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
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Marshall, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Thompson, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wyly, Elvin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Wong, Sabrina Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Davis, Wade Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Gouzouasis, Peter Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Young, Jeff Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Holbrook, Cay Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Rea, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Stainton, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Gergel, Sarah Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Chatman, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Poole, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Varcoe, Colleen Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Kremen, Claire Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lovato, Chris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
O'Donoghue, Donal Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Woollard, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
MacLure, Malcolm Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Carvalho, Rick Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Berryman, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Head, C Keith Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics

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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.