Students in thesis-based graduate programs conduct their own research under the guidance of a supervisor. The supervisory relationship is a foundation of graduate education, particularly in the doctoral-stream programs.
The success of good supervision is a shared responsibility with both student and supervisor making a commitment to communicate effectively, being open-minded and holding each other to high standards.
Student & Faculty Resources
The School of Graduate Studies published detailed information on graduate supervision, including where to seek assistance when challenges arise.
The Centre for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision (CGMS) at SGS supports successful mentorship and supervisory relationships using a unique person-centred, solution-oriented approach. As there is no one-size-fits-all solution to conflict management and resolution, CGMS offers personalized support to students, supervisors, and mentors to assist them in effectively navigating their supervisory and mentorships relationships. Visit the new CGMS website for more information.
Resources for Students:
- a supervision tip sheet for students to help direct you to supervision resources and supports
- a handy reference guide for students about the graduate supervision guidelines
- the graduate supervision guidelines - student edition
Resources for Faculty:
- a handy reference guide for faculty about the graduate supervision guidelines [PDF]
- the graduate supervision guidelines - faculty edition
- Best practices for supervisors and instructors of graduate students with family responsibilities
- Strategies for Graduate Mentorship and Supervision at a Distance [PDF]
Over the course of a student’s graduate work, challenges may arise that can interfere with academic progress. The University has a wide array of counselling services to help you to support grad students.
Recognize Your Supervisor
Do you know a distinguished graduate supervisor who has made a positive difference in a student development as a researcher and has been a mentor for students as they discern future academic and professional careers? If so, the JJ Berry Smith Award for Doctoral Supervision and the SGS Early Career Supervision Awards is your chance to show your appreciation.