Graduate Student Input for UBC Graduate Education Plan

Dear UBC graduate students, 

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) is undergoing a consultation process to develop a five-year strategic plan for graduate education and postdoctoral studies at UBC.  We believe graduate education is critically important to the university and to society, and we are very excited to develop a plan that will further advance our already outstanding programs and research. This has been happening at the same time as the broader strategic planning underway at the university, allowing us to delve into the domain more deeply and to inform and complement the university’s overall plan.  

Our consultations to date have included sessions with faculty, student leaders, deans, associate deans, and staff.  We now invite you to share your thoughts on what is working well at UBC, what could be better, and where you would like to see the university go over the next 5 years.  I’ve attached a short document that provides some context for the discussion, that highlights the areas we currently view as a priority, and that focuses on a few key questions.

We would very much appreciate if you could join us for a discussion on any of these dates:

  • Thursday, February 1, 3:00-4:30pm – room 200, Graduate Studies Building, 6371 Crescent Road
  • Friday, February 2, 3:00-4:30pm – DHCC 2267, Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Monday, February 5, 3:00-4:30pm – LSC 1312, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall  

Please click on the following link to rsvp: RSVP to Graduate Student Input for UBC Graduate Education Plan

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Susan Porter  PhD
Dean and Vice Provost | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Clinical Professor | Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 5547

Are you interested in sharing your experiences about being a graduate student?

Are you interested in sharing your experiences about being a graduate student?

The LFS ACE Team are looking for current graduate students to join their event called Is Grad School Right for You?, on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. This event is designed to encourage undergrad students who are interested in applying for grad school to explore whether it is the right option for them and to provide chances for students who have already applied to grad school to know more through talking with our panelists.

Here are the event details:

Date: January 23, 2018
Location: Brock Hall Concourse
Event Schedule: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

What to Expect at the Event

This event is a mingle-style event, including panel and mingle sessions. For the panel session, we will have a panel of speakers to share, discuss, and answer questions about the concerns students usually have when deciding whether they will go to grad school. After that, we will have a mingle session to allow students to talk directly to program advisors, graduate students and guests.

If you are available and interested in participating in the mingle portion of this event please RSVP to by 12 pm on Friday, January 19th. 

 Emma Rowbotham  MA
Student Engagement Officer
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Student Services
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
344 – 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 2989 | Fax 604 822 4400 |

February Workshops for International Students

WORKSHOP INFO – for International students


Working while you study (Working On and Off Campus, Co-op work Permits) workshop

Tuesday, January 23 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Are you currently studying at UBC and have some spare time to work? Do you know the requirements for working on and off campus? Did you know to complete a program required work placement or internship you need to have a co-op work permit?


So you’ve Been Accepted? Applying for Your Co-op Work Permit 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This interactive session will give you detailed instructions on how to apply for your internship/co-op work permit, timelines to consider and tips on how maintain your documents.


Spousal/Partner Work Permits: Eligibility, Application Process and More  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Are you an international student whose spouse would like to work in Canada during your studies? This session will provide you with an overview of the Canadian immigration requirements and how to apply for and maintain the spousal/partner open work permit.


Extending and Maintaining Your Study Permit at UBC

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Do you know that your study permit requires you to actively pursue studies? As an international student at UBC, it’s important to have and maintain required immigration documents while you study. The session will prepare you with detailed knowledge of impacts of immigration requirements on taking a break, studying part-time or working during your studies. Clear application processes will be discussed about how to extend your study permit and temporary resident visa, if applicable.


Working and Studying: What is Possible for International Students?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Have an exciting upcoming job offer, required internship/co-op placement or exploring your options to gain Canadian work experience during your studies? This session will leave you with a strong understanding of how to make this possible – learn about eligibility criteria, permitted hours, location of work and types of immigration documents that are available to international students.


Friedman Award for Scholars in Health

Attached please find a poster for the 2018 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health competition. This award provides funding to graduate students or medical residents so that they can pursue a learning opportunity to further their career or to bring new perspectives to the education they have already received. Please distribute and/or post as appropriate and note the following key dates: 

·         Information session: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

·         Application deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018 

With thanks,


Junnie Cheung
Graduate Awards Manager
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 9546 |

Free Event at The Vancouver Aquarium | Tuesday 23rd January 7pm

Ocean Matters Lecture | Uncharted Perspectives on Our Oceans and Climate Change

What: Lecture Series (every 4th Tuesday of the month) exploring how all aspects of modern society affects, and is affected by, climate change and our oceans. We concentrate on significant, but under-reported aspects of sustainability and climate change, exploring the social, cultural, political and biological factors that influence the world’s ecosystems, oceans and climate.

January Title:  Seeking Justice Amidst Complexity: Sea Otters, Poachers, Kelp, and Coastal Communities

January Speaker: Kai Chan, Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia (

When: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 | 7pm

Ticket Price: Free, but registration is encouraged at

Where: The Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, V6G 3E2


If you want any more information about either event email Ruth