The Research Paper
Graduate students enrolled in a coursework or research project stream in their home department are expected to write a research paper as part of their Collaborative Specialization requirements. The research paper must be on an environment related topic and must be supervised by a faculty member from the home department, preferably who is a member of the graduate faculty of School of the Environment (see the School’s faculty listing for current members under People webpage). Students whose faculty supervisors are not appointed to the School of the Environment should contact the Graduate Administrator for any additional information.
On a case-by-case basis, students who cannot find a research supervisor from his/her home unit, with express permission from the student’s home department, may be supervised by a professor from the School of the Environment or other participating graduate degree granting unit.
The length, style and format of the research paper are within the discretion of the home department supervisor. The School of the Environment, however, recommends that the research paper be 20-30 double-spaced pages in length.
Types of research papers include:
a) a research paper based on an internship experience;
b) a literature review in an area related to the field of research; and
c) a primary research paper based on an area of interest.
Please note, that if your home department does not have an established research paper designated code, you must use the School’s designated code ENV 5555Y when registering on ROSI or ACORN. An electronic copy of the research paper must be submitted to the Graduate Administrator of the School of the Environment along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your paper has been graded (P/F) and approved.
Collaborative Specializations students who pursue a thesis stream degree in their home units are required to write (and if applicable, defend) an environmentally relevant research thesis of acceptable quality. Thesis research should be supervised by one or more faculty members from the home department, at least one of whom is a graduate faculty member of the School of the Environment. An electronic copy of the final approved thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment Graduate Administrator prior to convocation, along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your thesis has been graded and approved.
Should you have any additional and specific questions pertaining to research paper and/or thesis requirements, please contact Pavel Pripa, Graduate Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.978.3475.