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".

Namesort ascending Role Faculty Academic Unit
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Silberman, Lior Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Sigurdson, Kris Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Siddiqui, Hasan Zahid Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Shwartz, Vered Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shuler, Charles Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Shneiderman, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Shmerkin, Pablo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Shi, Ling Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Sherman, John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Shepherd, Bruce Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Shen, Ya Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Shekhar, Sudip Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sheffer, Alla Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Sheel, William Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Shawwash, Ziad K Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Shariff, Azim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shapka, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Shan, Hongxia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Shakiba, Nika Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Shahrad, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Shadwick, Robert Edward Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Shadgan, Babak Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Severs, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Servati, Peyman Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Seltzer, Margo Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.