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 Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Nagamune, Ryozo Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Campbell, Suzanne Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Dreisinger, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rysanek, Adam Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Santos, Alessandra Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Tindall, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Godfrey, Sima Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Arnovick, Leslie Katherine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Yan, Miu Chung Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Miller, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Sin, Nancy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Moran, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
De Longis, Anita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Deer, Glenn Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Cousland, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Swiecki, Tomasz Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Brook, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gordillo, Gaston Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hamlin, Kiley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Taylor, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Chowdhury, Arjun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science

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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.