This year’s Herbrand Award winner is Prof Deepak Kapur, and today hegave his acceptance speech here at CADE. He had many interesting pointsabout automated deduction, of course, but what was interesting was hisemphasis in thanking his current and previous PhD students, andacknowledging how much he learned from them. He mentioned that he quiteexplicitly asked some of his students to teach him specific subjectswhich was closer to their background.I like this approach to supervisors’ relation with their students, andin fact I often tell my students that /they/ are the ones who should bethe experts on the topic of their research rather than me. I feel quitevindicated that even a person of Prof DK’s stature can take thisapproach. In fact, Prof Kapur has a wide range of contributions to CS,and this openness to always learn from students and others is probablyan immportant part of his approach.But… what kind of support can a supervisor give then? The main one isto use their experience to ensure there is a research problem to betackled, which would in the end form the core of a successful thesis.And also to question the consistency of whatever theory is beingproposed by the student, and check if it holds water.As important as that is the managerial role, so that students don’t getstuck in the many treacherous points on the path to completion. Eachstudent is different, but many seem to go through the same unskillfulbehaviours – and I did too when I was a student! Of course, all asupervisor can do is advise, and it is up to the student to take thisadvice to heart, or at least think seriously about it, even if they feelthat they are (of course) different and they don’t need to follow such annoddy approach to make effective use of their time.And what is my distilled managerial advice to research students? Checkthis space for an update soon once I have time to write it down.