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
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Baldwin, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Varcoe, Colleen Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Ripeanu, Matei Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baker, Donald Leslie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Asselin, Edouard Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Hasinoff, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Belliveau, George Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Wylie, Alison Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Thompson, Evan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Young, Mary-Lynn Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Chrostowski, Lukas Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Patey, Grenfell Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Grant, Isabel Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Marmer, Vadim Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Momose, Takamasa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Hinch, Scott Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Brumer, Harry Professor Faculty of Science Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry
Affleck, Ian Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Marti, Jose Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mathijs, Ernest Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Chou, Keng Chang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Semenoff, Gordon Walter Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Carpenter, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Davis, Henry Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Munzner, Tamara Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Englezos, Peter Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Li, Shyh-dar Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Milner-Bolotin, Marina Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dawes, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Beauchamp, Mark Professor Faculty of Education School of Kinesiology
Keeling, Patrick John Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany

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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.