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Student supervision

The relationship between the student and the research supervisor is most important to the student’s successful completion of a graduate degree. The university has an established policy with regard to supervisor appointments, responsibilities and conflicts. Visit the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue for more detailed information.

Supervisor-student Conversation Starters

The relationship between you and your student is most important to their successful completion of a graduate degree. Our conversation starter document is designed to complement the Graduate Academic Calendar’s section on roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students. The conversation starters are suggested to help align expectations of supervisors and graduate students (adapted from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies).

Download Supervisor-Student Conversation Starters

Forming a supervisory committee

A supervisory committee for a graduate student in a thesis-based program consists of the candidate's research supervisor(s) and at least one other UOIT faculty member (master's level student) or two other UOIT faculty members (PhD candidate). The committee's chair may be someone other than the student's research supervisor. See section in the Graduate Academic Calendar.

Download Form 1 - Establishment of Supervisory Committee

This form is normally completed by no later than the end of the student's second semester.

Helpful resources from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

Please forward any questions on graduate student supervision to