Developing a productive supervisor-student relationship with your research supervisor and supervisory committee is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of graduate education. Once you have contacted a potential supervisor, consider meeting with him/her in person, or via video conference/skype for an interview. This will provide an opportunity to start building a professional relationship and learn more about your graduate program, research opportunities, the University and Lethbridge area.
Some helpful questions you may want to ask are:
• How many students have you supervised? What are they doing now?
• How often do you meet with students? Hold lab meetings?
• Do you have any planned leaves of absence during the period of study?
• Will I get the chance to present at conferences?
• Will I be working independently, or as part of a research team?
• May I contact at least one of the supervisor’s current graduate students?
Asking the potential supervisor questions shows your passion and excitement for graduate research and provides an opportunity to determine if the faculty member is a good fit for your graduate program and your research interests.
Provide a copy of your CV/Resume prior to the interview with the potential supervisor. Your CV/Resume provides a snapshot of your qualifications, and help you steer the interview towards your areas of expertise!
The supervisor will be your mentor and advisor for the next two or four years. Success in the graduate program will be more easily attainable if you choose a supervisor that suits your graduate needs! 8 Building a Relationship Meeting the minimum admission requirements and securing a potential supervisor do not guarantee admission to the University of Lethbridge due to enrolment limitations.
Talk to current graduate students. Graduate students are an excellent resource to find out more about your potential supervisor. They will have firsthand knowledge on current projects, supervisor availability and supervisory style, student workload, etc. This information will give you a better sense of how the faculty member will fit your individual educational needs and how to narrow down your dream list.
When entering into a graduate program, there are student and supervisor roles and responsibilities, and expectations that need to be understood to create a positive experience in your graduate program and to develop a professional student-supervisor relationship. A list of roles and responsibilities are outlined in the Student-Supervisor Guidelines document that can be used as a discussion framework to establish guidelines for supporting and managing your relationship and interactions