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
Mooney, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Castellarin, Simone Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
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
Shen, Ya Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Ervin, Ruth Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Hirsh, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Hameed, Morad Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Lee, Tim Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Johnston, Darlene Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Wang, Tongli Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Etminan, Mahyar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Regan, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Nimmon, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Matthews, Philip Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Gantt, Soren Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Anger, Suzy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lyon, Annabel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Antweiler, Werner Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Sigal, Leonid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Yodanis, Carrie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Radic, Valentina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Seidel, Marc-David Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.