Guidelines for Chairs of Supervisory
represents the Graduate Program of Neuroscience on
the supervisory committee, and serves the functions
of monitoring, mentoring and reporting. The chair
may ask the student questions and offer advice, but
is primarily responsible for ensuring that the
student is being supervised adequately and fairly.
If the chair has any concerns in this regard, they
should be communicated immediately to the Graduate
Program in Neuroscience.
The following are
to be construed as general guidelines for conduct
of a supervisory committee meeting; chairs are
given considerable latitude to alter this format as
they see fit. Please note that these guidelines are
evolving, and your input on them is welcome.
The chair calls
the meeting to order, and will normally ask the
supervisor to make a brief assessment of progress
to date. Next, the student is asked to make a brief
presentation, and then general discussion of
progress ensues. At the termination of the meeting,
the chair completes (with the input of the
supervisory committee) and signs the
and asks the supervisor to co-sign. Assuming that
progress is satisfactory, no further action must be
taken until the next supervisory committee meeting.
If any problems have arisen in the progress of the
student, the chair directs either the student or
the supervisor to address these issues in writing
to the Chair of the Graduate Program and all
members of the supervisory committee, and includes
a note at the bottom of the form indicating that
such a document will be forthcoming.