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
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Spering, Miriam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sidhu, Ravinder Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Watson, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Allan, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Geoffrion, Roxana Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Yachie, Nozomu Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Pottinger, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cox, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Small, Jeff Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wu, Amery Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Du, Caigan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mickelson, Karin Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Schulz, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Pliska, Benjamin Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Afshar, Kourosh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Early, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Elmo, Davide Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Shariff, Azim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Small, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Crowe, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Severinov, Sergei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Smukler, Sean Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Mackie, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Hopewell, Kristen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Baines, Erin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bass, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Iurascu, Ilinca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Mota, Miguel Associate 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.