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
Richardson, Lindsey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Williams, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Janara, Laura Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Holmes, Reid Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tansey, James Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ellis, Simon Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Puterman, Eli Associate Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Reinsberg, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chaudhry, Ayesha Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Bedi, Robinder Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lucyshyn, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
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
Ellermann, Antje Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Favilukis, Jack Associate Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Riseman, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Folk, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stewart, James Associate Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
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
Leslie, Sabrina Associate Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Stack, Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hill, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Ma, Hongshen Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Schrimpf, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics

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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.