Building an Effective Graduate Student and Supervisor Relationship | GPLL18


Building a positive relationship with your supervisor can enhance your experience in graduate school. It can smooth your way through program hurdles, like thesis writing, and contribute to building your professional and academic networks.

As a student, you need tools to navigate the potential pitfalls of a supervisory relationship and to make the most of what it can do for your academic development.
In this workshop, you will learn about the different expectations that students and supervisors can bring to the relationship, university policies around supervision, how to deal with potential conflicts, and practical tips for building and maintaining an effective relationship with your supervisor.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define the supervisory relationship
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of students and supervisors
- Apply goal setting and communication strategies to their supervision relationship
- Identify common challenges in the supervision relationship
- List resources to support them in navigating their supervision relationship

Leaders Information

Arsenio is a PhD candidate in the Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Concordia. His research is focused on using artificial intelligence to investigate how changes in sleep can predict the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and how physical activity and sleep influence cognition in older adults. Before coming to Montreal, he completed an MSc and DPhil (PhD) in Evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, UK and a BSc, MSc and doctorate in the US. Arsenio has experience conducting clinical research, peer-reviewing, and publishing papers. When not at the lab, Arsenio is an avid reader, cook, and equestrian.


Event details

Workshop location


Start date

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

End date

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Workshop days



From 13:00 to 15:00


Keenan Manning


Basak Tozlu


12 / 50

Registration deadline

Saturday, January 21, 2023

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