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
Laronde, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Fallon, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McGowan, Sharon Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Firkins, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Chen, Frances Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ellermann, Antje Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rowley, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Cohen Freue, Gabriela Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Meloche, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ho, Anita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Angert, Amy Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Wood, Frank Donald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schuetz, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ishiyama, Ishu Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Afshar, Kourosh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wilson, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kirchen, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Fast, Naomi Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Begley, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Nicol, Cynthia Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Prange, Sebastian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stephens, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Woo, Carson C Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Lee, Steven Hugh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Mattison, Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy

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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.