Updated Information about the Marvin Tung Student Case Competition: Canadian Food Summit – June 7 to 9, 2023


2023 Student Case Competition Written submission evaluation rubric

Dear Colleagues and Registered Teams,


We are excited to see the Case Competition Team registrations coming in – may I request that if you know of teams interested in competing who haven’t registered yet at the link below, please encourage them to do so prior to April 28th, to enable us to gauge how many submissions that we can expect?


Team registration link:




Also, to assist students in formulating their written submissions attached to this message is the Evaluation rubric by which the submissions will be judged during the first round of the competition.


Please see my earlier message below highlighting the Marvin Tung Case Competition and weblinks.


Warmest regards,


Yvonne Yuan




On Wed, 5 Apr 2023 at 13:48, Yvonne Yuan <yyuan@torontomu.ca> wrote:

Dear Colleagues,


Could you please help me to disseminate to your entire student body (undergrad and grad)  the opportunity to participate in the upcoming 2023 Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST)  Canadian Food Summit, and the second Marvin Tung Student Case Competition on Sustainable Food System solutions?


The details are in the link below:





This is an excellent opportunity for your students to showcase their problem solving skills in front of a National audience since this is the second in-person food science conference since the Pandemic restrictions and shutdowns.


This is a link to learn more about the 2022 Marvin Tung Award Winners:




Please do also forward this opportunity to colleagues at institutions that I have inadvertently missed on this e-mail.


Thanks and do let me know if you have any questions,


Yvonne Yuan


Yvonne V. Yuan, PhD

Associate Professor

School of Nutrition

Faculty of Community Services

Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)

350 Victoria St.

Toronto, ON  M5B 2K3


Phone:  1-416-979-5000 ext. 556827

email:  yyuan@torontomu.ca


In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.



Additional Information for CIFST 3MT competition


Dear Colleagues,


If there are students at your institutions who are interested in participating in the 3MT competing at the upcoming CIFST conference June 7-9th at RBC Place London, ON, then please share this additional information with them.


Additional Information about 3MT 2023


Best wishes,



Marcia English, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition

Chair, University Senate (2022-2023)

  1. F. James Research Scholar (2021-2022)

Saint Francis Xavier University

Competition Announcement: Spring Graduate Awards Competition


Internal Deadline: Friday, May 5th 2023.
Please notify us about your attention of applying (as we need to prepare transcripts) by April 24, 2023.

Spring Graduate Awards Competition

A number of university awards for the upcoming academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students.  The maximum value of funding that can be offered to a student is $16,000, or $22,000 for the #6495 Andrew Nord Fellowships in Rheumatology.  Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the Spring Graduate 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 individual 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.
    Spring Graduate Awards Competition – Graduate School – University of British Columbia – Vancouver – Canada (ubc.ca)
  • 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 2023/2024 academic year (September 2023 to August 2024).  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: Some of the Spring Graduate Awards have very niche award descriptions (eligibility requirements).  For example, the #6362 award ‘James and Setsuko Thurlow Scholarship in Peace and Disarmament Studies’.  If a Spring Graduate Award receives a very low number of eligible applications, it may be awarded to a student who already has significant scholarship funding.


A complete application consists of:

Deadline for graduate program nominations to G+PS: 4:00 pm PT on May 22, 2023

For more information, such as the complete eligibility requirements and application materials, please refer to our webpage: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/spring-graduate-awards-competition.

The results of this competition will be announced in mid-August.

You’re invited: LFS Scholar Series – Dr. Ermias Kebreab May 15


Land and Food System Scholar Series

Invited scholar: Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Hosted by:  Marina von Keyserlingk, Applied Animal Biology

Title: Agriculture’s Transition to Net Zero Emissions – What is Livestock’s Role?


Abstract: Agriculture is a key source for greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. It is responsible for more than half of (human-driven) sources of methane, a GHG responsible for 30% of global temperature rise since the industrial revolution, as well as almost three-quarters of the sources of the nitrous oxide released annually. The Paris Agreement set a goal of reducing global agricultural methane emissions by between 24% and 47% by 2050 to limit warming to 1.5°C. Analysis of mitigation options show that the greatest reductions that can be achieved from agriculture are related to livestock, particularly ruminants. There are several mitigation strategies developed or under development to reduce enteric methane emissions. These can range from direct intervention in the adult through the use of inhibitors or even vaccines, to several indirect methods, modulation of rumen microbiome and breeding towards low methane-emitting animals. An analysis conducted to assess how the world can reduce global methane by at least 30% by 2030 (Global Methane Pledge) showed that it is possible to do so in animal agriculture, however, attaining net zero emissions from the sector will largely depend on reducing nitrous oxide emissions.

Biography: Ermias Kebreab is Associate Dean and Professor of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the Director of the World Food Centre at the University of California-Davis. He also holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts research in animal nutrition, mathematical modeling of biological systems and impact of livestock on the environment. He is contributing author to 2019 IPCC update on enteric methane emissions. He co-chaired the feed additive and methane committees of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and received several awards including Excellence in Ruminant Nutrition and International Agriculture from American Society of Animal Science, and 2022 Chancellor’s Innovator of the year award. He served on two committees of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on methane and nutrition of dairy cattle. He is a regular invited speaker including a TED talk that has been featured as one of the ‘must-watch climate talks of 2022’ by ted.com. His research was in the top 10 of all research conducted at the University of California system in 2021. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Asmara, Eritrea and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Reading, U.K.

Join in person or via Zoom:

Date: May 15, 2023

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM PDT

Location: In-person at MCML 160, or via Zoom

Meet and greet after the presentation: 11:30 – 12:30 PM, please register here by May 11.


GradUpdate – Negotiation, Next-Generation Dissertations, Program for Open Scholarship and Education, McKinsey & Co info session, GAA positions, Writing Consultations at the Longhouse, and more.



In this issue, Negotiation, Next-Generation Dissertations, Program for Open Scholarship and Education, McKinsey & Co info session, GAA positions, Writing Consultations at the Longhouse, and more.

Registration now open

Online | Career Series session | Tuesday, Apr 25 | 12 – 1 pm


New Forms of Doctoral Scholarship / Next-Generation Dissertations
Join this interactive panel event to explore the evolving landscapes and boundaries of doctoral-level scholarship and its expression in the dissertation. In-person (encouraged) and online | Thursday, Apr 27 | 9:30 – 11 am


Seats available

Careers in Non-academic Research (Panel)

UBC/SFU session for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
Online | Tuesday, Apr 18 | 4 – 5:30 pm Register

Resource Highlight

LinkedIN Learning

Online, on demand | Available until June 2023 | Have you identified a skill or competency that could help you in your grad program or in your career preparation? Take courses on topics such as:

  • business finance
  • project management
  • leadership
  • communication skills
  • technical skills (R, Excel, SPSS, etc)
  • personal development,
  • and more.

Access LinkedIn Learning via UBC’s subscription.

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


McKinsey and Company Info Session
A GSS in-person event | Friday, Apr 21 | 3:30 pm

iCORD Volunteer Expo
iCORD Trainee Cttee in-person event | Thursday, Apr 27 | 5 – 7 pm

GAA Position: Pharmaceutical Sciences
$30/hr | ~95 hrs from Apr – Sep
Apply by Apr 21

GAA Position for Indigenous Projects: UBC Emeritus College
$20-25/hr | 5 hrs/wk up to 50 hours from May 15 – Aug 31
Apply by Apr 28

Tech for Good: How ESG Principles Can Drive Innovation
In-person | co-hosted by Toast and UBC | Thursday, Apr 27 | 12 – 1:30 pm


Data Bites – Best Practices for Organizing File Directories
Online | Thursday, Apr 27 | 12 – 12:30 pm Register

Introduction to Docker
Online | Thursday, Apr 27 | 12 – 2 pm Register

Managing large hierarchical datasets with PyTables
In person | Friday, Apr 28 | 1 – 2:30 pm Register


Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
In-person | May 27, 28 & Jun 3 | 8 am – 5 pm
Apply by May 24
Browse all 2023 dates

Program for Open Scholarship and Education
Online | May – Jun
This 3-month flexible and blended program helps participants develop an understanding of open scholarship in higher education and the intersections of each area: open access, education, data, and research.
Register by May 1


Writing Consultations at the Longhouse
In-person | Wednesdays | 1 – 4 pm Drop In

Workshops and events