Graduate Student’s responsibilities

As a graduate student, you must accept the rules, procedures and standards in place in the Experimental Medicine program and at the university and should check the University Calendar for regulations regarding academic and non-academic matters. You are expected to:

  • Make a commitment and show dedicated efforts to gain the background knowledge and skills needed to pursue your research project successfully.
  • In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a plan and timetable for completion of all stages of your thesis project, adhere to a schedule and meet appropriate deadlines.
  • All students are required to complete the Student-Supervisor Expectations document (Student-Supervisor Expectations 05 15) together with their supervisor.
  • Meet with your supervisor when requested and report fully and regularly on progress and results.
  • Meet with your Supervisory Committee once a year, keep your Supervisory Committee Members in the loop of your progress and submit your Supervisory Committee Report (SupervisoryCtteReport-2) to the Experimental Medicine office.
  • Maintain registration in MEDI549 (M.Sc.) or MEDI649 (Ph.D.) throughout the program and (for international students) ensure that study permits and (where applicable) employment authorization documents are kept up to date.
  • Keep the Experimental Medicine Program, your supervisor, your SSC account and Enrolment Services informed about your contact information.
  • Keep UBC informed when you go on a conference or study abroad. Please see Go Global website for more information.
  • Give serious consideration to the advice and criticisms received from your supervisor and other members of your supervisory committee.
  • Keep your work space tidy, safe and healthy; show tolerance and respect for the rights of others.
  • Be thoughtful and reasonably frugal in using resources provided by your supervisor and the University, and assist in obtaining additional resources for your research or for other group members where applicable.
  • Conform to requirements of the Experimental Medicine Program, University and Faculty, including those related to deadlines, dissertation or thesis style, conflict of interest.
  • When your degree program requirements have been met, terminate your work and clean up your work space.
  • Return borrowed materials to your supervisor, graduate program, library or reading room, etc. when your project has been finished or when return is requested.


The following suggestions can make your life a lot easier:

  • Review the literature regularly and keep your literature survey up-to-date.
  • Maintain exemplary records of your experimental/theoretical work (so that others can replicate your results).
  • While your supervisor is required to be reasonably available for consultation, it is your responsibility to keep in touch with your supervisor.
  • Make yourself available to your supervisor for regular meetings at mutually acceptable times.
  • Follow the university’s policy regarding ownership of intellectual property.