UBC Sustainability Work Learn Opportunities – Deadline Aug 20

Sustainability Work Learn Opportunities

UBC Sustainability Work Learn positions are now open for the Fall 2019 term. Positions are available to current undergraduate and graduate students. The work terms are Sept 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 and 10 hrs/week unless otherwise noted.

UBC’s sustainability student positions are an excellent opportunity to gain experience working within the sustainability field and contribute to the development and implementation of UBC sustainability plans and programs.

Please submit applications via UBC CareersOnline by Tuesday August 20th.

Positions currently available with UBC Campus and Community Planning include:

  • Zero Waste Coordinator
  • Zero Waste Events Coordinator
  • Sustainability Engagement Assistant
  • Urban Biodiversity Coordinator
  • Green Building Action Plan Research Assistant
  • Green Building Tours Program Assistant
  • Community Energy Coordinator
  • Campus Climate Initiatives Lead

For more information and links to full job descriptions, please visit sustain.ubc.ca/about/employment.


Charlene Ponto
Sustainability Engagement Lead
Sustainability & Engineering | Campus + Community Planning
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
3331- 2260 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 827 5131

Entrepreneurship Course For Graduate Students: Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506)

Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506) has been running for over 25 years and has facilitated many entrepreneurial ventures and realized numerous successful breakout companies such as DWaveZymeworks, and Recon Instruments – just to name a few.   This course pairs graduate business and APSC/STEM students to provide an experience-based introduction into the lean start-up process. It is a real-life simulation of the process that founders go through when starting a high-tech company. Students will be faced with the key issues involved in evaluating market opportunities, building a prototype, designing profitable business models, producing a solid business plan, raising capital, addressing legal considerations and developing a winning team. Students will gain the skills and tools to creatively commercialize high-tech research into profitable businesses. Teams will be expected to develop credible pitches that will be made to industry professionals.  Some of these student companies go on to participate in e@UBC, the Hatch and Creative Destruction Lab

There is still room for more APSC students to participate in this dynamic course.  The next two deadline for applications are as follows:

  • September 24th
  • November 8th – based on availability.

We are writing today, hoping that you might get word out again to your students as a reminder be it now, or in early September when students are back on campus.  The details are in the original email sent to you (below).    And as noted below, to further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course.   Please let us know how we can support your promotion of this course, and feel free to contact us should you require any further information.  We will follow-up one more time after the September deadline has passed.


The core of the course runs on Wednesday evenings from January to April; and there are 3 critical and mandatory preliminary classes that take place in November dedicated to team formation (November 13, 20 and 27 – 6pm).  The course is taught by a team of business and STEM/APSC instructors for a well-rounded business and technical perspective.

The course has an application process for admission as it is very competitive, with deadlines and rolling admission in early August, September and November. Further details regarding the course are available at http://blogs.ubc.ca/baen506apsc541techentrepreneurship/ (please note that this URL has changed from last year).

We have had strong interest from your faculty in the past, and would greatly appreciate your support to promote the course amongst your graduate students.

To further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course.

Warmest Regards
DJ (David) Miller
Sauder School of Business



Call for Applications: Tri-Agency CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Fall 2019 Competition

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Fall 2019 Competition

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Applicant eligibility: Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level or a Vanier CGS.

Please note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this award.

Award value: Up to CAD $6,000 for two to six months

Applicant deadline: 4:00pm on Friday, 13 September 2019

For details about this competition, please visit https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/canada-graduate-scholarship-michael-smith-foreign-study-supplement

Applicants submit their application materials directly to Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via email to graduate.awards@ubc.ca by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 13 September 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Free Statistical consulting for students, faculty, and staff

Take advantage of opportunities for free statistical consulting offered by the Statistics Department.  One type is through courses with students mentored by faculty (STAT 551 Term 1, STAT 450 Term 2) – open to faculty, students and staff. The other (SOS-Statistical Opportunity for Students), is via a team of a senior consultant and a Statistics graduate student (year-round) – open to graduate students only.  For more information, please see https://www.stat.ubc.ca/free-statistical-consultation-august-2019-call about how you can get help with your project.


Event for PhD Students: Faculty Panel on the Academic Job Search

Faculty Panel: The Academic Job Search

Thursday, August 15, 4:00 -6:00 pm

Thea Koerner House

This panel will give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of UBC faculty members regarding academic hiring. Panelists will speak to the strategies that helped them succeed on the academic job market and the advice they would give to those setting out. For registration, and a list of the panelists, please see https://www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/17864-academic-careers-week-faculty-panel

Idaliya Grigoryeva
Graduate Career Assistant
 Center for Student Involvement and Careers (CSIC)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC, Canada