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CONSTITUTION OF STUDENT'S COMMITTEES

Supervisory Committee (Ph.D. and M.Sc.)

Students are guided through the Graduate Program in Neuroscience by a Supervisory Committee. The committee consists of four (4) members of the GPN faculty who have expertise in the areas of research in which the student is engaged. At least two (2) members of the Supervisory Committee are from departments other than that of the student's supervisor; one of these will be appointed as Chair.

The Supervisory Committee will meet every year during May-June. For new students, this allows an assessment of their academic performance during the first year, as well as giving them an opportunity to settle on a tentative research project. For students further along in their program, the meeting allows an opportunity for feedback regarding their progress. Students should submit a summary report of progress one week prior to the meeting to assist the Supervisory Committee. At the termination of each meeting, a checklist is completed by the Chair; assuming progress is satisfactory, no further discussion is required until the following year. If progress is found to be unsatisfactory, this is brought to the attention of the Chair of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. A concrete plan for correction of any deficiencies would then be submitted in writing by the student and/or supervisor. Additional committee meetings may be called on an ad hoc basis by the student, the supervisor, or the Chair.

The Supervisory Committee is responsible for the approval of Master's theses or, in the case of Doctoral students, will ensure that the theses are of sufficient standard for submission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. One supervisory committee member including the supervisor will vet the student's final thesis before it is sent for external review and a memorandum indicating this be sent to the Program Chair. The remaining committee members will attend the student's final thesis defense. A student may change research supervisor and members of his/her committee with the approval of the Neuroscience Program Chair.

Examining Committee (Ph.D. only)

The Examining Committee conducts the Comprehensive Examination. This committee consists of five (5) members including: three (3) members of the Supervisory Committee and at least one (1) other faculty member. The Chair of the Examining Committee is appointed by the Chair of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and will not be a member of the student's Supervisory Committee. The supervisor cannot be a member of the Examining Committee. The Chair of the Examining Committee will not engage in questioning of the student except where he or she feels that clarification is needed. The Chair will also be required to cast a deciding vote in the event of a tied decision of the examiners. The student's supervisor may attend the oral component of the Comprehensive Examination as an observer.


 

 

Learn more:

Handbook of
Graduate Supervision

Guidelines

Course
Requirements

Thesis

Comprehensive

Committees

Appendix

 

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Guide for Chairs of
Comprehensive
Examinations

Final
Defense

Memorandum
(PhD thesis approval)

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