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 Faculty Academic Unit
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Frackman, Kyle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Fradet, Guy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Francois, Roger Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Frank, Adam Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Frank, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Community and Regional Planning
Frankel, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Franz, Marcel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Fraser, Ailana Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fraser, David Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Frelick, Nancy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Frigaard, Ian Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics
Froese, Richard Gerd Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Frostad, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Fryzuk, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Fu, Hu Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fu, Qiang Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gadermann, Anne Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Gaertner, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gagnon, Olivia Michiko Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Galla, Candace Associate Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Gantt, Soren Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Garbi, Rafeef Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Garcia, Ronald Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Gardner, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Garlappi, Lorenzo Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Garrett, Bernard Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.