Part 8: Thesis Route

Thesis Supervisory Committee

a) Membership

The Thesis Supervisory Committee consists of the following members:

  • A chair (Thesis Supervisor) who must be a faculty member in Nursing from the Faculty of Health Sciences;
  • A minimum of two other members of the SGS, one of whom must be a Faculty of Health Sciences member. The other member may be internal or external to the home department or faculty of the University of Lethbridge;
  • In cases where there is a Thesis Co-Supervisor, two additional members (who are members of the SGS) are still required;
  • Up to two additional members can be added, if needed or desired. These additional members must be members of the SGS.

b) Roles & Responsibilities

The overall role of the Thesis Supervisory Committee is to support the graduate student by providing academic and research advice and assessing a student’s progress.

The Supervisory Committee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Review the student’s progress and issues at least twice per academic year, and report to the MN Program Committee (see Statement Of Progress And Standing);
  • Provide constructive feedback on the student’s ideas, methods, and performance;
  • Be accessible to the student for ongoing consultation and discussion;
  • Be a member of the Thesis Examination Committee;
  • Participate in the Thesis Proposal and Thesis Oral Defence.

c) Establishing the Thesis Supervisory Committee

As per the above information, a student’s Thesis Supervisor should be identified and approved no later than the end of the first semester of the program.

The Thesis Supervisor, in consultation with the student, recommends Thesis Supervisory Committee members to the MN Program Committee, no later than the end of the first month of the second semester of the student’s program. Changes in membership must be approved by the MN Program Committee.

The Thesis Supervisor assures completion of the Approval of the Thesis Supervisory Committee form.

d) Statement of Progress & Standing

  • Students are required to review their progress with their Thesis Supervisory Committee or MN Program Committee Chair at least twice per academic year with the first meeting taking place approximately half-way through the student’s second semester. Ideally this meeting will occur during the second scheduled on-campus meeting. If this is not possible, the meeting can be arranged by alternative means (e.g., teleconference, videoconference).
  • The student will consult with the Thesis Supervisor about date, process and requirements for progress and standing meetings, however it is the Thesis Supervisor’s responsibility to call these meetings.
  • The Thesis Supervisory Committee completes the Statement of Progress and Standing form with an attached document that identifies critical milestones in the student’s program that, if not reached by the student, flag the need for improvement or remedial action .
  • The Thesis Supervisor, Thesis Supervisory Committee members, and student must all sign the Statement of Progress and Standing form as an indication that the meeting has taken place and forwards the form to the MN Program Committee Chair.
  • The student’s Thesis Supervisory Committee may recommend continuation, contingent upon improvement in certain aspects of the student’s overall work. In this case, the Thesis Supervisory Committee will recommend specific areas for improvement and submit this decision to the MN Program Committee for review and further recommendation prior to submitting the Statement of Progress and Standing form.
  • If the Thesis Supervisory Committee recommends either probation or withdrawal of the student, then the MN Program Committee must review these recommendations, and decide how to proceed.
  • Upon completion of each of the required courses, course instructors will post grades on the Bridge. For NURS 6001–Thesis, the Thesis Supervisor must submit a monitoring grade through the Bridge. A non-grade designation of Continuing (“X”) will allow the student to register in the upcoming semester and indicates that the student is continuing to make progress. 

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