GSS NEWS: Nominate yourself for election | Enjoy Craft Beer with Friends | February events

Last Chance to Nominate Yourself for Election!

Nominations are OPEN until Friday 15th February for our four executive positions and two student senator roles

  • President
  • VP Academic and University Affairs
  • VP External
  • VP Students
  • Senator

By standing for election you can play a key role in shaping the future of the society and the University. Even if you are not standing for election you can get involved by attending our debates, engaging with candidates and making your views heard by voting.

Our elections  pages give all the info you need or you can find out about nominations here.


Enjoy craft beer with friends

March 7th

Sign up for this new event series where grads can socialize, taste, and toast a variety of craft beer and cider! Each event features up to 7 select craft beers and 2 ciders.

Sample established favourites and find unique new flavours while mingling with fellow grad students. Conveniently located on campus in the GSS Loft.



Career Launchpad and Professional Headshots

March 13th

The GSS, in collaboration with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSIC), brings you an afternoon of activities designed to enhance your career and jumpstart your post-graduate success with a new headshot and polished job search skills.



Move with the GSS
Part of the Move UBC university-wide campaign!

Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! Shake away the stress from your studies through dance and aerobic movements choreographed to energetic music.



Only Yes Means Yes: Workshop

New Date: Feb 26th


This interactive workshop will get participants talking and learning about how the criminal justice system defines and deals with sexual assault, and what’s required under the law for sexual consent.



Community Announcements

SPIN Workshop

Become a Sustainability Scholar

We are currently accepting applications for over 65 UBC Sustainability Scholars (including Greenest City Scholars) internships that will commence April 29. Current full-time UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply.

Successful candidates work under the mentorship of a partner organization, and are immersed in real world learning where they can apply their research skills and contribute to advancing organizational sustainability goals. Applications close midnight Monday February 25


In conversation with Professor Wade Davis

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) has partnered with the Vancouver Writers Fest to invite UBC students, staff, and faculty to join award-winning author and environmentalist Barry Lopez in conversation with Professor Wade Davis on the evening of March 25th at the Granville Island Stage.

Lopez’s new book, Horizon, is being called one of the most important non-fiction books of the decade. Many of you may know Wade Davis, Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at UBC.

Students can purchase discounted tickets for $15 under the “Youth” category with ID presented at the event. Regular tickets are $25.



Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

Graduate Student Career Activation Project

The CSIC wants to know how graduate students can activate their careers, and we have funds available to help you try stuff out. Dream big, or dive deep: whether it’s the cost of printing business cards to support your networking, enhancing your French language skills to prepare for a career in the federal government, or paying membership fees to join a professional association, submit a proposal for a career development experience that you believe will get you one step closer to your goals. Each student may apply for funding of any amount up to $1000.

Once you’ve activated, we’ll work with you to develop an appropriate artefact (video interview, blog, etc.) so that your experience can be shared with other UBC graduate students and the university community.

Check out the website for details on how to apply

3rd annual UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference

The UBC Pre-Vet and Animal Welfare (PAW) club is happy to present its 3rd annual UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference! This year’s conference has a focus on “Wildlife Management and Conservation”, with five renowned speakers joining to share their expertise. The 2019 UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference looks to shed more light on human-wildlife interactions and how an individual may personally impact wildlife welfare in their day-to-day life.

This year’s conference will be held at the Graduate Student Society Loft in the AMS Nest (RM 4202) on March 8th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Our speakers include professors from the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary, as well has animal health care professionals from the Vancouver Aquarium, and a representative from the BC SPCA. Each speaker has had experience working with wildlife and are longtime advocates for wildlife welfare.

More information can be found at:
Tickets can be purchased at:


Rebecca Juan

Promotions/Marketing Coordinator

UBC Animal Welfare Conference Committee 

m: 778-889-9777


MFRE Friday Seminar – Feb 15, 2019: Bruce Turris

Speaker: Bruce Turris
Topic: Fisheries Management: How Theory Becomes Operationalized
Date & Time: Friday February 15, 2019 3:30pm
Venue: MCML 160
About the Speaker: 
Bruce is an economist, but very much a practitioner. For the first 17 years of his career, he was an official with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in the Pacific region. He subsequently went into private practice, working very closely with industry as well as government. He does extensive consulting work outside of Canada, as well as within, with examples being the US (both coasts), China and Europe.
All are welcome!

Shristee Rahman  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada


Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST for March 30, 31 & APRIL 6, 2019 IS NOW OPEN!

Waitlist registration opens February 11 for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) March 30, 31 & April 6, 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 March 30, 31 & April 6, 2019 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up for the waitlist:


Waitlist registration will close on Wednesday March 27, 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 to confirm your registration.

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





GPS Update: Discovering the Entrepreneur within (Mitacs) + Recruiter Real Talk + Stats WEBINAR (Mixed Effects Models)+ More!

Registration is now open for:
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within (Mitacs Training)
Mon, Feb 25 | 9:00 to 5:00 @Thea Koerner House
Statistics VI: Introduction to Mixed Effects Models (via Webinar)
Tue, Feb 26 | 10:00 to 12:00
Recruiter Real Talk: Panel Discussion on Hiring and the Job Search
Tue, Feb 26 | 5:30-7:00 pm @Thea Koerner House
Thesis Boot Camp
Tue, Feb 27 | 10:00-4:00 @ Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
There are seats remaining in this week’s:
Statistics V: Discrete Data – Counts and Proportions (via Webinar)
Introduction to Interacting with the Media (with Expert Panel)
Check out for other opportunities including:
Career Building
Apply for the Graduate Student Career Activation Project |
Navigating Early Career Experiences: a Panel of Indigenous professionals, Feb 11 |
Employers on Campus: |   SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd Feb 11 |CGG Feb 12| BTY Group Feb 13  
Graduate School Success
“Help! I’m stressed!”: Women in engineering Stress Management Workshop, Feb 13th |  
SPSS for Statistical Analysis, Feb 13 |
Best Practices in Research Data Management, Feb 13 |
Endnote Basic Workshop, Feb 14 |
Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool, Feb 14 |
Literature Review: Analyzing (with NVIVO), Feb 19 |
Creating and Managing your Academic Profile, Feb 21 |
Workshop Series on Research Synthesis and Critical Appraisal, Feb 12, 26 |
Language Sciences, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day, Abstracts due Feb 25 |
Careers and Volunteer Opportunities and Call for Abstracts
UBC Sustainability Scholars, Applications due Feb 25 |
Share your Research with youth at YEET(Living Encylopedia) in New West Mar 2,3
Thank you,
Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueum Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool