Call for Nominations: Schmidt Science Fellowships

Attention: current PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and all faculty who supervise PhD and/or postdoctoral fellows


Call for Nominations: Schmidt Science Fellowships

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is being launched to provide the next generation of leaders and innovators with an exceptional opportunity. Fellows will receive a stipend of $100,000 to support their involvement in two core program components: (i) a full-time, 11+ month postdoctoral research study in a field-leading laboratory, focusing on a discipline in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or computing that is different from their existing area of expertise and planned future focus and (ii) a series of four global meetings at the world’s leading academic institutions, interspersed across the duration of the fellowship. To be considered eligible, individuals must have received or expect to receive a PhD in natural sciences (including life, physical, and earth sciences), engineering, mathematics, or computing between May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Further information is available at:

UBC is one of 50 universities that have each been invited to nominate up to five students to an international competition, through which 12 Schmidt Science Fellows will be selected. Each UBC graduate program is invited to submit one nomination (current PhD or postdoctoral fellow) to a university-wide competition. Given the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, graduate programs should nominate only an exceptional individual who will stand out amongst top doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world.

A complete nomination will consist of the following, submitted as PDF documents attached to a single email, sent to

1.     CV of the nominee, including publications (maximum three pages)

2.     statement from nominee (maximum one page), addressing the following two points: (a) alignment with the Schmidt Fellows program – interest in pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the nominee received his/her doctorate and (b) collaborative spirit – demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.

Nominations must be received no later than 4:00pm Monday 30 October.

Successful nominees will be invited directly by the Schmidt Science Fellows program to submit a full application at a later date.

IOF Seminar – Fish Wars. October 27, 2017. 11:00 am

Fish Wars


Dr. Philippe Le Billon

Professor, Department of Geography and Liu Institute for Global Issues


Jessica Spijkers

PhD student, Stockholm Resilience Centre and James Cook University


Friday, October 27, 2017

11:00 am

AERL Theatre (120)


Conflicts at sea over fisheries is a rising concern. We provide a brief overview of fisheries conflicts, including typologies, escalation patterns, and prevention/resolution mechanisms. We briefly discuss specific case studies associated with territorial disputes, climate change impacts, environmental activism, and the militarization of fishing fleets and enforcement

GPS workshops/Webinars: Live Well to Learn Well + Overcoming Perfectionism + Scholarship Opportunities for Master’s Students

Spots still available for this week’s :

Writing with Integrity, Oct 24, 2 PM |

 Know your Strengths, Explore your Options, Design your Degree, Oct 25, 1 PM… how will your top 5 strengths help you in grad school and career planning?
Register by 1PM on Oct 23 (today) to obtain your
free StrengthsFinder assessment code|

 Registration is now open for:

Live Well to Learn Well (#LetsThriveUBC; a Thrive week event)

In person: Tuesday, Oct 31, 10 AM – 12 PM @Thea Koerner House, Register here:

Webinar: Tuesday, Oct 31, 1 PM – 3 PM PDT, Register here:

 Overcoming Perfectionism (#LetsThriveUBC; a Thrive week event)

Thursday, Nov 2, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM @ Thea Koerner House, Register here:

 Scholarship Opportunities for Master’s Students (CGS-M Competition)

In person: Friday, Nov 3, 9 AM – 11 AM @ Thea Koerner House

Webinar: Friday, Nov 3, 2 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

 Visit for other opportunities including:

Join a Graduate Student Writing Community! |

Attend a Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) webinar for STEM grad students/postdocs|

Mapping with Carto Builder, Oct 25, 11:00 AM | 

Write a Powerful Bio Webinar, Oct 25, 12:05 PM PDT |

Building Sustainable Communities Forum, Oct 25, 6 PM |

Faculty of Medicine Career Day, Oct 26, 3:30 PM |

SPSS Part I, Nov 1, 10:00 AM |

 Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool

GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS – Pod Leader Recruitment for Let’s Talk Science!

Scientific Methods and Research Techniques (SMaRT) Program – Pod Leader Recruitment!

The SMaRT program is a joint-initiative between Let’s Talk Science and UBC Community Learning Initiative (CLI). Our aim is to enrich the scientific knowledge of Grade 5-7 elementary school students in East Vancouver schools by taking the lead on facilitating fun and engaging science experiments.

This year we will be offering the program to 18 classrooms – as such, we have space for 18 pod leaders. Each pod visits the same classroom four times throughout Jan-Apr 2018 and consists of one pod leader (grad student/post doc) + 3-5 pod members (undergrads).

What will you do as a pod leader?

Term 1: Attend 2 training sessions, receive a kit including supplies and a manual that outlines the experiments that you will facilitate, and work with 3-5 UBC science undergraduate students who will be members of your pod.

Term 2: Deliver four 1.5 hour activities to a Grade 5-7 class as a pod

Mandatory Training Sessions

You are required to attend two mandatory trainings, one with other pod leaders only and another combined with pod members. BREAKFAST will be provided for both training sessions. Below are the schedules:

Pod Leaders only: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 10AM-12PM @ Centre for Brain Health near UBC Hospital (Room TBA)

Pod Leaders + Pod Members: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 10AM-12PM @ Centre for Brain Health near UBC Hospital (Room TBA)

Please note that the visit time is a regular time slot and could be Mon-Fri between 9-10.30am, 10.30am-12pm, or 1-2.30pm. Your visit time will be on the same day of the week and at the same time of the day for each of the 4 sessions. These time slots are the actual time you will spend in class, they do NOT include travel to and from the school (budget for an hour max), 10-15 mins preparation before your visit, or clean-up after your visit.

Upon careful consideration, you can register to be a pod leader using the following Google form:


The success and effectiveness of the SMaRT program is heavily dependent on enthusiastic pod leaders and we’re excited about the possibility of partnering with you in the coming year!

Please do not hesitate to contact Trang at if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your time and help! Please let me know if you have questions. 

Kind regards,


Trang Nguyen

Science Methods and Research Technology (SMaRT) Coordinator,

UBC Let’s Talk Science

International Livestock Forum Student Opportunity – Applications Due Next Week!

4th Annual International Livestock Forum Student Travel Fellowships Available – Applications Due October 27, 2017

Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) have partnered to bring together industry experts for a multi-day event to discuss global livestock and meat production. The fourth annual International Livestock Forum (ILF) will be held in Fort Collins, CO on January 5-6, 2018, in conjunction with the NWSS in Denver, CO. As part of the ILF, a student-only program and tour will be provided for selected students on January 4th and 5th, as well as an additional day of student-only tours at the NWSS on January 7th.

The 2018 ILF will bring together industry leaders, government professionals, members of academia to discuss domestic and international livestock and food production. Fellows of the 2018 ILF will experience unique tours of some of Colorado’s top agricultural enterprises, behind-the-scenes access to the National Western Stock Show, and a full day of networking and interaction with an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and industry panelists. This is a premiere opportunity to engage in the future of international livestock and food production. 

All undergraduate and graduate students from any university around the world, pursuing a degree in Animal Science or another agricultural field, are eligible to apply for a travel fellowship to the 2018 International Livestock Forum. Twenty students will be selected for this fellowship.

Selected students will participate in the following (schedule subject to change):

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018: Welcome Reception and Industry Speaker in Denver, Colorado;
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: Industry tours and ILF kickoff ILF;
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018: Impressive lineup of keynote speakers and industry panelists followed by World-famous NWSS Rodeo;
  • Sunday, January 7, 2018: Behind-the-scenes tours at the NWSS

Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $500 voucher for fellows flying in for the ILF; $100 voucher for students driving to the ILF;
  • Four nights of lodging;
  • All meals on Friday tour day;
  • Complimentary registration for the 2018 ILF, including free meals and an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and elite industry panelists;

NWSS badge for admission during entire show; one rodeo ticket for Saturday night’s Colorado versus the World rodeo at the NWSS. 

For full consideration, fellowship applications must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, October 27th. Fellowship applications, and more information about the 2018 ILF can be found at


Jennifer Martin, Ph.D.

ILF Student Program Lead