GradUpdate – Business Writing, Beyond Saving, Giving Highly Effective Feedback, and more


In this issue, Business Writing, Beyond Saving, Giving Highly Effective Feedback, and more.

Registration now open

Business Writing (Mitacs Training)
Wednesday, Apr 28 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), Info Session (repeat)
Friday, Apr 30 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | If your work involves innovative forms of scholarship; engaging communities and other partners for a tangible positive social impact; or more career-relevant forms of scholarship, attend to learn how to apply to join the UBC PSI


Additional Events and Opportunities

The following highlights some upcoming events. Please find more on and


Graduate Game Plan
Online guide that provides step-by-step advice for attaining academic and career success Learn more


Mapping your Career Journey: Lessons on Academia to Industry and Beyond
A s2bn Vancouver-Victoria Chapter event | Friday, Apr 23 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM Learn more

Teaching Assistantships, MPPGA Program
Apply by Apr 30 for 2021 Summer | Apply by May 31 for 2021 Winter Learn more

Beyond Prof Annual Career Conference for PhDs: Day 1
with fees | Saturday, May 01 | 8:00 AM – 12:45 PM PDT
8:00 – 9:00 AM: How to Explore Career Options that Leverage Your Education
9:15 – 10:15 AM: How to Find Your Best Career Fit
10:30 – 11:30 AM: How to Translate Your Academic Skills & Experience
11:45 – 12:45 PM: How to Find Mentorship & Why You Can’t Job Search Alone
Learn more


Financial Wellness Peers: Beyond Saving
Monday, Apr 26 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM Learn more


Finding the data: Indigenous Peoples
Wednesday, Apr 28 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Learn more


Tips for Giving Highly Effective Feedback
Thursday, Apr 29 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM Learn more


Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
June 1, 6, 12 & 19 | Waitlist registration now open and will close on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM PDT Register
Visit CTLT’s website for additional sessions

Pre-Teaching as Research Internship Workshop
Drop-In for Application Support & Feedback | Friday, Apr 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM Learn more


Writing Resources
Annotated academic texts, print and video guides, and more Learn more

Teaching Assistantships, MPPGA Program – Call for Applications

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is seeking applications to Teaching Assistantships for the upcoming Winter terms in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program. Would you like to share this with your graduate students? More details are below.

Teaching Assistantships – 2021 Winter

Period of Employment:  Term 1 (September 1 – December 31, 2021); Term 2 (January 1 – April 30, 2022)

Current Salary: Graduate Teaching Assistant I (Doctoral) or equivalent – $34.40/hour; Graduate Teaching Assistant II (Masters) or equivalent – $33.14/hour

Application Procedure:

Click here to submit your online application form.

The deadline for submission to the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is May 31, 2021.  Late applications may be considered in special circumstances.

Learn More under Job Opportunities:

Thank you,



Lindsay Marsh (she/her/hers)
Manager, Communications and Program Development
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the Musqueam Peoples
@ubcSPPGA |

UBC Farm celebrating 20 years!

We are celebrating a big milestone in 2021: 20 years of the UBC Farm and 10 years of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS). We are launching celebrations on April 21, 2021 – when students first started planting at the UBC Farm site – and continuing celebrations all through the growing season: with the 20th annual UBC Farm Farmers’ Market starting on June 5, as well a new summer podcast series, a 2021 webinar series, free weekly tours during market hours, and lots of fun social content: throw-back photos, videos and interviews, as well as special merch.

CSFS UBC Farm Anniversary Comms Toolkit

Please help spread the word! I’ve attached a comms toolkit here with sample blurbs and assets, but if you need anything else please don’t hesitate to ask!




Melanie Kuxdorf (She, Her, Hers)

Communications and Marketing Lead

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory
2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 |

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Invitation to attend LFS grad student roundtables – Food Science search

Dear LFS graduate students,

We will be interviewing 3 candidates for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Food Science, starting April 15.  We would like to invite you to attend 3 LFS graduate student roundtables (one with each candidate), as well as their research and teaching seminars.  I have included the information below, along with Zoom links.  Registration is required, so please click on the links in advance to register, and you will receive a confirmation email and an option to add it to your calendars.  We hope that you will be able to attend and provide feedback to the selection committee on each candidate.  A copy of the advertisement can be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Train at

Dr. Lingyan Kong, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management, The University of Alabama
Dr. Kong obtained his bachelor degree in Food Science and Engineering from China Agricultural University and PhD degree in Food Science from the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are to understand the structure-function relationships in food biopolymers at the molecular, microscopic and macroscopic levels, and to develop food materials of unique structures and properties for improving food quality and health benefits. Dr. Kong has been conducting interdisciplinary and collaborative research that integrates knowledge from food science, nutrition, physical chemistry, and materials science. Dr. Kong is teaching NHM 253 Food Science, NHM 454 Experimental and Functional Food Science, and NHM 691 Grant Writing for Translational Nutrition Research, at the University of Alabama.

Research Seminar:  Novel Utilization and Optimizing Health Benefits of Food Biopolymers
April 15, 1:00-2:30pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Grad Student Roundtable  
April 15, 3:00-4:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Teaching Seminar:  Dairy Science
April 16, 11:00am-12:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:


Dr. Alexander Golberg, Associate Professor, Porter School of Environmental and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Golberg received a B.Sc in Food and Biotechnology Engineering from Technion and a PhD in Bioengineering from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2011, and from 2012 to 2014 was a fellow at the Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2005 to 2010, he was a research engineer at Invitrogen. He was on board of three start-ups in the field of food technologies and bioenergy. Since 2014, Dr. Golberg has been a faculty member at the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and since 2018 an Associate Professor with tenure and Head of the MA program on Environmental Studies.  Prof. Golberg’s interests are in biological systems engineering, bioenergy, macroalgae biorefineries, new sources for food, chemicals and fuels from macroalgae, exergy and applied thermodynamics, droplet microfluidics and electroporation.

Research Seminar:  Sustainable offshore seaweed biorefinery
April 21, 2:00-3:30pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Grad Student Roundtable  
April 21, 4:00-5:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Teaching Seminar:  Electroporation and pulsed electric field technologies for food science and engineering
April 22, 11:00am-12:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:


Dr. Tianxi Yang, ORISE Research Fellow, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Institute for Food Safety and Health
Dr. Yang obtained her Ph.D. in Food Science with a specialization in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was then awarded BASF industrial postdoctoral fellowship for conducting research in BASF’s North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials. Dr. Yang’s research involves the development of innovative analytical technologies and advanced materials to improve the safety and sustainability of food systems, with a particular focus on novel spectroscopic techniques for sensing and imaging applications in food safety and public health. She is also interested in nanotechnology-enabled food packaging engineering and assessment of exposure to engineered nanomaterials. Dr. Yang has published 2 book chapters and 27 peer-reviewed journal articles in Nature Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, Small, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Food Chemistry, etc. She was also awarded government and industrial funding, and won 31 awards and honors (e.g., Phi Tau Sigma Founders’ Award and Institute Food Technologists Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship)

Research Seminar:  Advancing Food Safety and Sustainability Using Innovations in Analytical Techniques and Nanomaterials
April 28, 1:00-2:30pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Grad Student Roundtable  
April 28, 3:00-4:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Teaching Seminar:  Immunoassays in Food Analysis
April 29, 11:00am-12:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:


Spring Graduate Awards Competition

Internal deadline – May 7, 2021

Please notify me about your intention of applying by Apr 23rd. 

Spring Graduate Awards Competition

A number of criteria-based awards for the 2021/22 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the awards as they are eligible for, taking note of the following important considerations:

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive funding, applicants must meet both the overall eligibility requirements as outlined on the award webpage (ex. months of study) and all of the eligibility requirements for each Spring Graduate Award they apply for. Applicants will not be considered for an award if they do not clearly meet the criteria for the award.

Selection:   While award recipients will be selected based on the evaluation criteria, priority will be given to eligible candidates who do not hold significant scholarship funding (i.e., $16,000 or higher) for the 2021/22 academic year (September 2021 to August 2022).  If a student is offered Spring Awards funding, and later receives other scholarship funding of $16,000 or higher for the same period, the Spring Awards funding offer would normally be rescinded.

  • Exception: The #6507 Montalbano Scholars Fellowship, which is part of the Spring Graduate Awards Competition, is specifically awarded to applicants who already hold significant scholarship funding.


Applicants must submit the following materials to my attention ( ) by the deadline:

  1. Completed Application Form – PART 1
  2. Completed Application Form – PART 2
  3. Canadian CCV – CGS-Master’s version
  4. Up-to-date, complete transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to December 31, 2020.
  5. One recommendation letter/form: see the application instructionsfor details.

Please refer to the application instructions for essential details on each application item noted above.

Important note: Please make sure you meet the eligibility for the specific awards you have selected (in the completed Application Form – PART 2). The Spring Graduate Awards competition tends to receive a high number of nominations from applicants who have weak or non-existent eligibility for the specific awards they have applied for.

Deadline for nominations to G+PS: 4:00 pm on Friday, 21 May 2021. (Applicants should check with their graduate program for the department’s internal deadline.)

For more information, such as the complete eligibility requirements and application materials, please refer to our webpage:


Kind regards,


Lia Maria


Lia Maria DRAGAN (She, Her, Hers)

Admissions & Administrative Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

University of British Columbia /
Vancouver Campus /Musqueam Traditional Territory
#291 – 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Tel.: (604) 822-8373