Frequently Asked Questions

1.  I've just started grad school and within two months I have to meet my committee and file my first progress report! What am I expected to prepare in such a short time?

The first committee meeting for incoming students is intended to allow new graduate students to meet with their committee members. This is a good opportunity to discuss your future research plans and project, or courses that you plan on taking during your first year. See Guidelines for first supervisory committee meeting for more information.

2.  My project is interdisciplinary and collaborative so I'd like to ask two non-MBB researchers to form my supervisory committee. Will this be ok with MBB?


3.  My supervisor is an associate/adjunct member of MBB. Do I have to find a full MBB member to serve on my supervisory committee?

Yes, you need two full MBB members and one SFU member.

4.  I just finished my first committee meeting and progress report. When will my next meeting be? What will I be required to prepare before each one?

Meeting deadlines:

A due date of approximately one year later will be assigned. You will be notified of your due date by the Graduate Program Assistant. 

Meeting content:

See Guidelines for supervisory committee meetings for detailed information.

Defending your thesis:

Note, it is not necessary to submit a progress report if you are defending your thesis the same term the report is due. It is, however, recommended you have a final committee meeting to review readiness for defence. If you fall into this category, please inform the Graduate Program Assistant.

5.  One of my committee members can't attend my meeting. Can my meeting be cancelled?

The absence of one committee member is not acceptable as a reason to cancel your Supervisory Committee Meeting. In such a case, your committee meeting needs to go ahead. Send the absent committee member a copy of the report (via email) and then that committee member will also complete their feedback online.

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