The GSS and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is carrying out a qualitative study of graduate students’ perceptions of mentoring. We will be exploring graduate students’ perspectives on mentoring to inform and improve mentoring as an integral part of teaching and learning at UBC. We’d now like to invite you to participate in this study and share your experiences and perspective with us. Please review the official invitation letter and consent form then sign up to do your bit in helping us improve  the graduate student mentorship experience at UBC!

GSS Conferences: – Submit your poster for the WEST conference by May 15th! WEST is a multidisciplinary water/wastewater conference to be held at UBC from June 8-10th. Your registration gets you meals, gorgeous venue, special invited speakers, a science communication workshop, an evening of water awareness at the Vancouver Aquarium and great cross-disciplinary networking! The GSS is a very proud sponsor. Register Today!

– The GSS is proud to host the Alliance of B.C. Students’ AGM on May 31st – June 1st here at UBC Vancouver. The ABCS is the largest BC student advocacy body representing over 140,000 students at seven post-secondary institutions. If you’d like to get involved, please email us at

GSS Social & Recreational: – GSS Art Class: The Summer Sketch starts May 30th- July 18th! Work on your sketching skills and start to see nature in a whole new way! Read the detailed course description to find out more, and sign up!

– Have you signed up for our Pilates or ZumbaYoga or Bellydance Fitness classes? Click through to the various classes for more information and to register. All classes start on June 3rd! Make a date with us!

– Learn/Improve your French! The GSS is offering two French classes this summer beginning May 26th- July 21st for beginners and intermediate learners. Learn about the courses and register!

GSS Opportunities: – Apply to become a UBC Sustainability Scholar this summer! In collaboration with on-campus and off-campus sustainability partners, the UBC Sustainability Initiative is very pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in a funded sustainability internship project this summer. Students are hired by UBC and receive $5,000 to work 250 project hours over the summer (the distribution of hours will be negotiated with project mentor). Applications are due Tuesday May 20, 2014.

– Having trouble applying formatting your thesis, putting in your citations? Or are you interested in graduate student positions at Koerner Library, or going to some great programing by graduate students for graduate students? Check out these great opportunities at the Research Commons!

Thanks for reading! And a happy re-entry into “the real world” to everyone who shall be graduating next week. Don’t forget to pack happy memories inside your “everything I’ve learned” box. You’re going to miss this place.



GSS Communications Coordinator

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