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 ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tiberghien, Yves Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perry, Nancy Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
MacDonald, David Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Margolis, Eric Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Arneil, Barbara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hallam, Steven Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Munk, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Kozak, Robert Antal Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Pinar, William Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Reiner, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Wei, Juncheng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zamar, Ruben Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
MacLachlan, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Collier, Abby Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Oberg, Gunilla Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Van Duzer, Leslie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Badir, Patricia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Richards, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Martin Ginis, Kathleen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
McCormack, James Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Brauner, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Salcudean, Septimiu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Martindale, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Bustin, Robert Marc Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer 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.