Reminder: VANIER Canada Graduate Scholarships

Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

The application form is completed online on ResearchNet (

The deadline for applicants to submit applications on ResearchNet is 11:59 pm (PDT – Vancouver time) on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

The deadline for graduate programs to submit nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

For full details, please see our website at

Important notes regarding student mobility:

·         Vanier scholars are encouraged to continuously broaden their research horizons and seek new challenges. For this reason, Vanier CGS candidates are strongly encouraged to pursue their studies at a university other than that (or those) which granted their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Candidates who are nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree must provide a strong and compelling rationale, in the Special Circumstances section of the application, as to why they have chosen to undertake their PhD at the same university.

·         Though the majority of UBC’s Vanier nominees will have a previous affiliation with UBC, we strongly encourage faculty members to identify and consider prospective students from universities beyond UBC.

For Vanier CGS program news and reminders, please see:



Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – Faculty & Staff website (

Graduate student orientation volunteer opportunities

Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation

International Student Development and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Orientation events will take place on Thursday, August 31st  with other orientation activities, including workshops and social events scheduled through September (see the schedule at ). There are numerous orientation-related volunteer positions to be filled. Applicants must be current UBC Graduate Students in their 2nd year or later to apply. If you are interested, please send an email to: and we will provide further information on specific events. 

Check out for more events and opportunities, including:

Developing Course Goals and Learning Objectives, Monday, August 28

Using Active Learning, Monday, August 28

Developing a Learner-Centered Syllabus, Tuesday, August 29

Approaching Teaching as a Scholarly Activity, Tuesday, August 29

Introduction to Canvas Basics (for TAs), Several sessions throughout August – September

Sharing and Rethinking Approaches to Assessment, Tuesday, August 29

Teaching and Learning with Technologies Panel, Wednesday, August 30

Vancouver Nanomedicine Day, Friday, September 29, 2017


Please let me know if you have questions.  

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

Fall Registration


Research students – Please register for the thesis course and seminar (if applicable) immediately! 

Professional students – Please register for courses ASAP. Be reminded that if your final official transcripts and degree certificate are not yet received, processed and uploaded into the system by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, you may NOT be able to register. Check your application for updates. 

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

Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate Programs Office
Faculty of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia
344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400 /

TA position to advertise

If you are interested in the TA position for LFS 150 003, please contact Duffy Roberts as soon as possible at

Roberts, Duff



  • Attend and play an active role in each class as described below.
  • Assist faculty instructors with several aspects of the course including:  tracking homework and in-class participation on a spreadsheet, preparing some class materials, facilitating classroom activities and meeting with students during office hours.
  • Assist students in their online Calibrated Peer Review work and other flexible learning that replaces face-to-face class time once every two weeks.
  • Though instructors will mark major writing assignments, TAs give students feedback on homework assignments and some in-class written reflections and assist instructors for a second look at selected writing assignments.
  • Lead some portions of classes, and on occasion teach a class, using lesson plans and other guides and materials.
  • Track and respond to queries by students via Connect and email, with input by instructor and course coordinator as needed
  • Assist in adjudicating and marking the final exam (following detailed instructions and an answer key.)
  • Attend and take part in a 1.5 hour instructional support meeting once every two weeks at times and dates mutually agreed upon.
  • Conduct special projects during term and after classes are over, such as creating new course materials, updating Connect and other projects mutually agreed upon.
  • Perform other duties as required


Christine Scaman  PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Dean Academic

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Food, Nutrition and Health

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Room 247, 2205 East Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Phone 604 822 1804 | Fax 604 822 5143

Graduate Student (M.Sc./Ph.D.) Assistantship M.Sc./Ph.D. Domestic Animal Reproductive Biology

Supervisor: Dr. David Barrett, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture
Location: Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Truro, NS
Project: This opportunity is for a student interested in domestic animal reproductive biology.


Most research has been focused on ruminants and controlled breeding strategies, phytoestrogens,
and/or beneficial fatty acids.
Stipend: A minimum of $16,500/year for two/three years (M.Sc./Ph.D.); dependent on external funding.

Qualifications: The applicant must meet the criteria for admission to the M.Sc./Ph.D. Program, which includes a B.Sc. (Honours)/M.Sc. degree in agriculture, animal science, biology, or a related field. The applicant must also have a minimum GPA of 73% in the last two years of study. The student should have an interest in biochemistry, physiology, and perhaps nutrition. The applicant should also have undergraduate/graduate lab experience in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and perhaps nutrition. Knowledge of reproductive endocrinology will be an asset, as is farm animal experience. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.

Start Date: May 1, 2018, but possibly later

For additional information on research projects, please contact Dr. David Barrett, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, P.O. Box 550, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5E3 (; 902-896-2305)

To Apply or for Graduate Program Information:

For further information about the M.Sc. Program at Dalhousie University, and for application information, please contact Pamela Sutherland at or visit the Faculty of Agriculture web site at

For further information about the Ph.D. Program at Dalhousie University, and for application information, please contact Carolyn Young at or visit the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science web site at

The Master of Science program with a specialization in agriculture is offered by the Faculty of Agriculture of Dalhousie University
The Doctor of Philosophy program at the Faculty of Agriculture is currently offered by the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University