Survey results acknowledge the UdeS as the most appreciated university (in French) among its students year after year and are not obtained by accident. At the UdeS, student success is everyone’s business and a shared responsibility. In keeping with this important value, our research students have access from the beginning of their journey to not only one mentor, but a whole mentoring committee. This committee, created independently from the research director, meets for various reasons including annual meetings led by the master’s or PhD student. The objective of the committee is to formalize an opportunity to discuss the progress of the research project and, more generally, the student’s academic pathway, personal situation, collaboration with their director of studies, as well as their professional achievements and prospects. These meetings do not have an administrative purpose, they aim to better delineate the research pathway, give students the opportunity to take stock of their progress and seek other perspectives, through programmed annual meetings.
This model, which is implemented in every program of studies, significantly facilitates the integration of students in their research group, which results in reducing their risks of isolation - unfortunately, this is well documented in research problematics - and helps them develop their professional network.
The implementation of a new UdeS Scholarships program also puts a lot of concerns to rest for student researchers.