Once a student settles in a permanent laboratory, he/she must choose a supervisory committee.  This committee:

  • Montiors a student's progress regularly during his/her graduate career.
  • Counsels, advises and assists the student.
  • Acts to maintain equal standards of student supervision
  • If a student is not making adequate progress, it is the responsibiity of the superivsor and the superivsory committee to identify such a situation, document it on the Supervisory Committee Report form and, in consulatation with the student, devise approaches to remedy the problem.

Supervisory Committee Composition

The committee is composed of the student's supervisor and a minimum of two other faculty members.   The Department encourages the student and supervisor to choose a supervisory committee that is limited to a total of three faculty members (including the supervisor) because of potential scheduling difficulties that can arise with additional committee members.  However, if the student and supervisor feel that the benefits of increased expertise on the committee outweigh any potential scheduling difficulties, additional members should be invited to join the committee.

 Of these two committee members:

  1. at least one of these must be a Molecular Genetics Faculty member
  2. at least one of these must be a Molecular Genetics Faculty member from a different node than the student's lab
  3. at leaset one of these must be a Molecular Genetics Faculty member who has an arm's length relationship with the superivsor and the student (i.e. not a collaborator's spouse, etc.)
  4. at least one of these must have expertise differnet from that of the supervisor.
  • The choice of additional committee members is not restricted with respect to their node, departmental affiliation, or arm’s length relationship with the student/supervisor.
  • The supervisory committee, chosen jointly by the student and the supervisor, MUST be approved by the Graduate Coordinator BEFORE the first committee meeting is arranged.
  • A faculty member from the Department, other than the supervisor, should act as the permanent chair of the committee.
  • The composition or the chair of the committee may be changed provided all parties involved agree. Changes must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
  • If a student is having difficulties, a member of the Steering Committee may be assigned to attend one or more committee meetings.

Please see the Graduate Handbook for details on the procedures, timing and scheduling of Superivisory Committee Meetings.