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
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Edinger, Elizabeth Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bredin, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lauer, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Poole, Wendy Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Antweiler, Werner Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Charles, Grant Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Phani, Srikantha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kim, Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Harris, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Karczmarek, Joanna Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tworek, Heidi Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Roosa, John Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Davidoff, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wang, Fei Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Katz, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Bergmann, Luke Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Cranston, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Almeida, Fernanda Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Castellarin, Simone Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Hallensleben, Markus Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Grecov, Dana Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Thachuk, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ollivier, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Somerville, Tsur Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Rehavi, M. Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Weber, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Donaldson, R Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

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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.