Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee

The Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee (FSGSC) was established by Science Faculty Council in September 2011. The committee membership comprises the Dean of Science and five members representing at least four different departments. The Chair is not necessarily the Dean and is a full voting member. Except in the case of the Dean, the term of office of the members shall be two years. Members serve on behalf of SFC, not as representatives of their departments or programs, and are encouraged to bring a Faculty-wide perspective. The members will normally hold the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor; possess a PhD degree or other terminal degree appropriate to the discipline; and will be of such academic achievement and distinction as to enable them to undertake the instruction or supervision of students registered in a specified graduate program.

The purpose of the FSGSC is to (i) determine criteria for which Science faculty can become a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies; (ii) review applications from and recommend Faculty of Science members to the Faculty of Graduate Studies; (iii) ensure the consistency and appropriateness of criteria set out by all Science graduate programs for admitting and funding graduate students; (iv) approve recommendations by all Science graduate program committees for the admission of individual graduate students; and (v) review new graduate program proposals. In addition, the FSGSC will develop recommendations and policies, as needed, related to the Faculty of Science graduate degree programs.

Graduate degree program committees housed in the Faculty of Science report and make recommendations directly to the FSGSC. Consistent with Senate by-laws defining the roles of faculty councils, the FSGSC reports to Science Faculty Council (SFC) on all matters related to graduate program academics (e.g., curriculum revisions, new courses); as a matter of information, the FSGSC makes as-needed reports at SFC on other, non-academic graduate programming matters, including, for example, those related directly to research.

The current membership is:

Dr. Paul Alexandre, Geology (to December 31, 2019)
Dr. Christophe LeMoine, Biology (to December 31, 2019)
Dr. Bernadette Ardelli, Dean of Science (to December 31, 2022)
Dr. Peter Whittington (Chair), Geography (to August 31, 2019)
Dr. Eric Bushnell, Chemistry (to December 31, 2019)
Dr. Rory Lucyshyn-Wright, Mathematics & Computer Science (to January 31, 2021)

MEETINGS
The committee will meet once each semester and as needed at the call of the Chair or at the request of at least two members.

VOTING
Each member shall have one vote and the Chair will vote to break ties.

QUORUM
The quorum is met with 50% (fifty per cent) of the Committee members in attendance.

DISTRIBUTION OF AGENDA, MINUTES AND REPORTING
The Chair will circulate an agenda to the committee at least one week prior to meetings. The minutes will be distributed to the Committee members and Dean of Science. The Chair will provide a report on the activities of the committee to Science Faculty Council.