Advisory Committee Members
The supervisor directs the student’s program with the advice of the Advisory Committee, which enables the student to draw on a range of expertise. The names of the committee members must be recorded on the Advisory Committee Members Form and forwarded to the Graduate Office for the Graduate Chair’s approval.
- For full-time students, the student and supervisor must select the Advisory Committee within the first seven months of the program.
- For part-time students, the student and supervisor must select the Advisory Committee within the first nine months of the program.
Composition of the Advisory Committee (effective October 2017)
At least two (2) Graduate Faculty members other than the supervisor and co-supervisor: one should be from the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the other from another graduate department in the University of Toronto. All members must have a Full or Associate graduate faculty membership with the School of Graduate Studies.
If the composition of a committee changes, a new Advisory Committee Members Form must be submitted to the Graduate Office for the Graduate Chair’s approval.
Responsibilities of the Advisory Committee
The student can seek advice from the Advisory Committee members at any time. The Advisory Committee provides the student with advice and guidance; however, the ultimate decision of the research paths to be pursued rests with the student and supervisor.
The Committee also ensures that the student is taking appropriate courses, is receiving training to carry out the research, is familiar with the research literature and is preparing for the Final Oral Examination.
Annual Advisory Committee meetings must be held by June 30 each year. (Exception: Students who start in January must hold their first meeting before December 31. All subsequent meetings must be held by June 30.) Immediately following the meeting, the Advisory Committee Assessment Form must be submitted to the Graduate Office.
The Graduate Chair reserves the right to require the Advisory Committee to meet more frequently.
For an outline of the expected format and content of these meetings, please refer to Guidelines for Student Advisory Committee Meetings.