Mentoring Graduate Students During a Pandemic

Resources on Remote Supervision

As we contend with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, faculty members are asking for creative approaches to mentoring students at a distance. GPS is here to help with a series of videos and textual resources addressing this issue.

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Dr. Brooke Milne, Introduction to the series


We've heard from a number of colleagues who are concerned about the challenges of working with new and continuing students in these unprecedented times. Here Dr. Brooke Milne, Vice-Provost and Dean of GPS, introduces a series of video presentations designed to support this work.

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Dr. Bryan Hogeveen, Key Components of Remote Supervision

Key Components of Remote Supervision

What key strategies will help graduate supervisors to support their students during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join Dr. Bryan Hogeveen, the Vice-Dean of GPS, for an overview of some helpful approaches.

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Dr. Ali Shiri, Onboarding New Graduate Students

Onboarding New Graduate Students

How can graduate supervisors build rapport with students whom they haven't met in person? How can they create a sense of community within a cohort of students who are remotely located? How should they deal with different time zones in onboarding? Join Dr. Ali Shiri, GPS's Associate Dean (Data and Digital Initiatives), for a detailed discussion.

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Suman Varghese, R.Psych, Dealing with Isolation

Dealing with Isolation

How can graduate supervisors help their students navigate the challenges of isolation? It's a difficult prospect at the best of times, and one that's often exacerbated in the context of the COVID pandemic. For a few tips, join Suman Varghese, a Registered Psychologist with Counselling & Clinical Services.

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(1) From "Key Components of Remote Supervision" (B. Hogeveen)
(2) From "Onboarding New Graduate Students" (A. Shiri)

Where Do We Go From Here? Your Suggestions Are Welcome

As we continue to build this resource, we're inviting colleagues to suggest topics and resources that might be useful to others. If you have a topic you'd like us to explore on video, or an item that you think would be helpful to your colleagues, feel free to contact us at