It is a common practice in the School for graduate students to complete research projects that are part of externally funded research programs that may span several years.
Students may or may not receive payment from the Supervisor’s research but is a common practice in the School for graduate students to complete research projects that are part of externally funded research programs that may span several years. Students are expected to contribute in a reasonable manner to data collection and data analysis as part of their research training. They are expected to write up the results of particular parts of such on-going studies as their thesis projects.
Copyright of the thesis write-up implies that the thesis, including data collected by other researchers, becomes the exclusive property of the student, but, while the thesis itself is written by the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, it may include data collected by other researchers funded by external granting agencies. If the project is not promptly submitted for publication, then valuable research funded by outside agencies will not appear in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This presents a significant problem since such publication is expected by granting agencies. Failure to publish experimental results will certainly result in reluctance of such granting agencies to fund future work.
The following are regulations governing copyright and publication of thesis projects conducted as part of larger externally funded research studies: