Supervision Guidelines for Students – Section 10: Appendix 2 – Checklist for Students

  • I chose my supervisor (or agreed to the choice) after appropriate review of supervisor options.

During my initial meetings with my supervisor, I have discussed the following topics:

  • Potential or actual thesis topic
  • Funding
  • Applying for scholarships and awards
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Availability of space
  • Expected hours of work
  • Timelines and major milestones including anticipated program completion time
  • When and how a supervisory committee will be chosen
  • Nature of guidance
  • Frequency and style of meetings
  • Who arranges meetings with the supervisor and the supervisory committee
  • Methods of informal communication
  • Turnaround time for major questions, drafts of thesis chapters, publications (as applicable)
  • Turnaround time for conference presentations (as applicable)
  • Intellectual property (IP) issues (for example, ownership of data, authorship on publications, conference presentations, industry involvement, thesis publication embargoes, patents, etc.)

I understand, and have discussed with my supervisor, my program requirements including (not all may be applicable):

  • Required courses
  • Extra courses
  • Language/breadth requirement
  • Comprehensive/field/qualifying exam
  • Seminar attendance
  • Ethics review
  • Thesis proposal
  • Other (specify)
  • I am aware of all relevant policies and regulations of my graduate unit, the School of Graduate Studies, and the University. I know where I can find these documents when needed.

Student’s signature: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Supervisor’s signature: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________