2024/25 LFS Graduate Student Council Elections


Hello LFS Grads!

It is time to elect the members of the LFS Graduate Student Council for 2024/2025.

The council is responsible for planning various academic and social events throughout the year. Each year, the council also plans and hosts the annual Grad Student Conference, which brings together students to share their research with the faculty.

Please fill out this survey before May 31st!

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council


Graduate Student Opportunity


We are looking for a graduate student who is excited and motivated to help us plan and promote IBioS community events and activities for graduate students outside of IBioS. The job will entail approximately 5 hours per week of commitment for the summer, and continuing into the winter terms, and will be paid at the level of a starting teaching assistantship. Attached is a flyer with the full details of the position. We would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate this flyer to the graduate students in Land and Food Systems!

The application is open to all UBC graduate students in good standing (Master’s or Ph.D.) researching biodiversity conservation, restoration, or management from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective (social or natural science, business, journalism, etc.).

The applicant will start working in June 2024 and continue into Winter Terms 1 and 2. Please talk to your supervisor before applying!

To apply, please send your application (CV and cover letter) to Dr. Conny Scheffler (Conny.Scheffler@ubc.ca) by Sunday, June 2nd, addressing the following questions:

1) why are you interested, and how does it align with your professional goals,

2) about your research and its alignment with IBioS, and

3) what relevant experience and connections on campus do you bring to the position?


All applications will be screened for eligibility.





GradUpdate – Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success, Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning, Teaching as Research Award and Workshops, Collaborative Summer Projects (Fac of Arts), and more.


In this issue, Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success, Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning, Teaching as Research Award and Workshops, Collaborative Summer Projects (Fac of Arts), and more.

Registration Open

Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success
Online | Thursday, May 23 | 3 – 4:30 pm
This session includes access to a free Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment


Seats available

Finding and Applying for Academic Positions
Online | Wednesday, May 15 | Join these faculty member panels:
1 – 2:30 pm: Pathway to landing an academic position
3 – 4:30 pm: Thriving in your first five years in academia


Breaking Patterns of Procrastination
Online | Thursday, May 16 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Register

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  I’ve also highlighted some online, on-demand recordings to check out if you have end-of-term time.
Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


Hidden Handbook
Online | A mini-series of short videos (5 – 10 mins each) to provide quick tips for success in a variety of areas across the academic sphere. Topics include:

  • Accountability Matters
  • Creating Micro-goals
  • Productivity Pick-me-ups
  • The 5 D’s” What to Do When All Your — Don’t Fit
  • Advancing Your Strategic Plan
  • How to Revise & Resubmit in No Time
  • Promoting Your Publications
  • Rethinking Self-care
  • The Art of Saying ‘Yes’
  • Touchstone Teamwork

Learn more


Systematic, Scoping & Related Reviews Workshop Series: Translating Database Searches and Finding Grey Literature
Online | Wednesday, May 22 | 1 – 2:30 pm Register


Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) workshop
Online | Learn about eligibility criteria, application process, work eligibility during the transition to a PGWP, and important considerations when staying in Canada after graduation
Wednesday, May 22 | 12 – 1 pm Register

Arts Amplifier 2024 Collaborative Cohort Projects (CCP)
Various positions | 60 hrs/person, May – Aug | $1800 stipend | for masters and doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts. Summer 2024 CCP partners are:

  • Centre of International Contemporary Art, Vancouver
  • First Nations Technology Council
  • Generation Squeeze
  • Heritage Vancouver Society
  • Hikma Collective

Learn more about upcoming Q&A sessions and project details and application.


Data manipulation with dplyr
Online | Thursday, May 23 | 10 – 11 am Register


Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning
Sep 2024 – Sep 2025 | Open to all UBC graduate students who have completed an ISW and will remain graduate students until Sept 2025.Learn more and apply by May 31.

Teaching as Research Workshop Series
Online and multi-access | May – June | This series of workshops will prepare grad students to implement an educational research project in their discipline regardless of previous experience. Sessions include:

View all workshops

Teaching as Research Award
Eligible graduate students can apply for the competitive CIRTL TAR Graduate Stipend Award (GSA). Successful applicants will become TAR Awardees and receive a stipend award of $3,000. Learn more and apply by Jul 3

Reminder: Biology 2024W TAship applications open- Apply by May 12th 2024


Dear Students,

We would like to invite you to apply for TA positions in the Biology program for the 2024 winter session. These are full TAships, at 192hr per term.


  1. Go to http://www.biology.ubc.ca/
  2. Click on the “teaching assistants’ tab” for various documents related to the 2024W TA hire.
  3. To apply, click on “Biology TA application 2024W”.
  4. Fill the form and please read info given on this form.
  5. Application must be submitted by May 12th 2024 (Sunday) 11:59PM.
  6. Offer acceptance must be sent by July 15th 2024 to ensure that your first paycheck will not be delayed. (Note: if you miss these deadlines, you can still be hired, BUT there is a possibility of delay for your first paycheck).
  7. We will start sending offers by late June/early July (offers to internal Zoology and Botany graduate students will be sent first and followed by external applicants). Please check your email daily so that you can reply to our offer promptly. Offers to external applicants will continue throughout the summer up to the start of terms 1 and 2 until all positions are filled.
  8. Do not forget to get permission from your PI to TA for Biology.
  9. All communication regarding TAship application must be sent to this email address: biology.taship@ubc.ca

If there is a problem or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


Biology TAship Team

Farm to Cafeteria Canada seeking full-time Indigenous Programs Manager


Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC), in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, is seeking a full-time Indigenous Programs Manager to lead our Nourishing Indigenous Food and Foodways in Schools initiative. Details about the position and the call for applications are available here and in the attached PDF.

Location: This is a remote work position open to any location in Canada/Indigenous Territories

Hours of work: Monday – Friday with flexible hours, provided availability to meet with team members and partners across a range of time zones. (We are open to discussing a range of 28-40 hours/week for this contract.)

Rate: $38.40 / hour

Deadline for application: Friday June 7th, 5pm PST

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Indigenous Programs Manager will work in collaboration with other F2CC staff, the initiative’s Circle of Advisors, and project partners to advance Nourishing Indigenous Food and Foodways in Schools, a 4-year partnership-based initiative. The Indigenous Programs Manager will be responsible for overseeing the initiative’s multiple workstreams including managing the development of a dedicated grant stream for schools that are located in Indigenous communities or that serve many Indigenous students; the development of an adapted Food is Our Medicine learning journey for the K-12 school setting; and supporting relationship building, project learning, impact measurement, and knowledge sharing.

Any questions can be directed to Carolyn at cwebb@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca.