GPS Update

Check out for the following opportunities:  

Foundations of Pedagogy 1 (Jan 8 – Mar 5), registration open |

SPSS Part 1 Workshop, Dec 12 |

MSFHR Research Trainee Info Session (for late stage PhDs), Dec 13 |

Citation Management: Mendeley, Zotero, Dec 14 |

Google AI Impact Challenge, apply by Jan 22 |

Essay Competition to attend St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, apply by Feb 1 |

Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director of Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | 
Musqueam Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool



Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST REGISTRATION for January 27, Feb 2 & 3, 2019 IS NOW OPEN!

Waitlist registration opens Dec 10 for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) January 27, Feb 2 & 3, 2019.  The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.   


IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.

 This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the January 27, Feb 2 & 3, 2019 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up:

 Waitlist registration will close on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you are signing up for the waitlist only, however this does not register you for the workshop. IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office after registration closes. 

Elisa Herman
Events Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214-1961 East Mall  | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871 | @UBC_CTLT

2019 Interdisciplinary Conference

We are pleased to share with you the details of the 2019 Nexus Interdisciplinary Conference,

wicked Problems and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

This solutions-oriented conference will be of interest to students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems who can showcase their research and major projects addressing wicked problems. Students looking to gain volunteer experience can apply to be a peer reviewer for conference submissions or to help out with logistics on the day.

The conference will be held at the University of British Columbia on March 22, 2019.

The deadline to submit an abstract is: December 30, 2018.

Students can submit an abstract and/or sign up to peer-review or volunteer for the 2019 Nexus Interdisciplinary Conference.

We attached posters in PDF and JPEG versions to be shared with students via your department emailing list, newsletter, website, or preferred modes of communication.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to be in touch.

Thank you for your help promoting this exciting conference with students in your faculty!


Maya Lefkowich & Jennica Nichols, Conference Co-Chairs  

wicked Problems and Interdisciplinary Solutions

Nexus 2019 Interdisciplinary Conference | Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program


MSFHR Research Trainee Program – Info Session at UBC on Dec 13

. This may be of interest to PhD students in the health sciences that are nearing the end of their program (i.e., those who will have a PhD by September 1, 2019) and current postdoctoral fellows (e.g., those who earned their PhD after September 2014).

MSFHR Research Trainee Program

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Research Trainee Program is designed to attract, recognize, and support outstanding researchers who have completed a PhD, or are a health professional eligible for a fellowship (or equivalent) program, by providing funding that helps protect time for health research activities.

This program may be of interest to PhD students in the health sciences that are nearing the end of their programs (i.e., those who have a PhD by September 1, 2019). This program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals, and primarily (70% of total funding) supports MSFHR’s four research pillars: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health. The remaining 30% of funding will be allocated to outstanding researchers conducting research in the five BC health system key priority areas.

Info Session at UBC this Thursday (Dec 13): This session will include a presentation and a question-and-answer session, as well as the opportunity to connect with members of the MSFHR team.

·        Date & Time: Thursday, December 13, 9-11 AM

·        Location & Address: Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL), Lecture Theatre 102, 2185 East Mall (V6T 1Z4)

Award Amount and Duration: The award consists of a stipend and a research and travel allowance and provides support for up to a maximum of three years. The amount and duration of the MSFHR Research Trainee award is determined by the amount of time since an applicant has completed their PhD, or health professional degree, as of the full application deadline.


·        Letter of intent deadline: January 11, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT

·        Full application deadline: February 19, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT

Find out more about MSFHR’s Research Trainee Program at:


February 2019 Graduation with May 2019 Congregation Deadlines

Can you please remind all Graduate Students that are hoping to have their degree granted in February, with the option to attend the May congregation ceremony, that the application for graduation will be available on the Student Service Centre starting Friday Dec 14, 2018 and will be close on  January 18, 2019.

Please advise students that are hoping to graduate in February 2019, that it is very important that they apply for graduation as soon as possible, and should not wait until they submit their final thesis to G+PS or complete the program requirements for non-thesis programs.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Last day for graduation applications to be submitted to Enrolment Services using the Student Service Centre by all students expecting to graduate in February 2019.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Last day for late applications for graduation to be submitted to Enrolment Services by all students expecting to graduate in February 2019.  

Last day for final master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for February 2019 degree granting and May 2019 Congregation. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

Last day for students to complete all program requirements (including major papers) for non-thesis master’s degrees for February 2019 degree granting and May 2019 Congregation.

Thank you

Rockne Hewko
Academic Support Manager
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 2935