General topics - Preliminary meetings

  • if required, what courses the student should be taking
  • what makes a good thesis
  • formulating the thesis research project topic
  • getting approvals for the thesis research project topic
  • research ethics, intellectual property rights, academic integrity
  • if intellectual property comes to be developed, how it will be shared
  • University regulations on progress reports, continuous registration, time limits for program completion and any other relevant rules
  • timelines (or a very rough schedule) for completing the research and thesis
  • identify promising sources of information relevant to the thesis: libraries, archives in Ottawa and elsewhere
  • whether or not all research can be conducted locally
  • whether information is time sensitive
  • theses or papers especially relevant to the topic
  • typical obstacles to doing this research and how to deal with them
  • presentation of thesis research at conferences, seminars and other meetings
  • financial support for the student
  • formation of a thesis committee
  • frequency and goals of meetings
  • absences
  • supervisor’s expectations regarding submission of drafts and turnaround time for feedback , and
  •  publishing opportunities and how the various contributors will be acknowledged

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