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LFS Graduate Peer-to-Peer (GP2P) Program – 2021S

Attention:  All currently registered LFS research-based graduate students

This month, 9 new research-based graduate students will be starting their programs in LFS.  They have been invited to an orientation on May 11th;  we’re excited to meet with our new incoming students and give them an introduction to our Faculty.

An important aspect of the student experience is the connections made with other graduate students within and outside of their own program.  Peer support is invaluable and can have an impact on a student’s success.   Establishing connections for our incoming students this year will be challenging as many of them won’t be here physically.

Last September, we started a mentor/coach peer program that matched new incoming students with current, senior graduate students.   Interested LFS graduate students were asked to reach out to at least one incoming student on a sign-up sheet.  The feedback from new students was very positive.  They appreciated the opportunity to connect with current LFS graduate students and found the contact very beneficial.

We want to keep this informal for this year, but we hope to consult with the LFS Grad Student Council and LFS Faculty to get their input on where this program could go in the future.  For this year, we just want to make sure we do whatever we can to let our new incoming students feel as welcomed and supported as possible.

If you would be interested in participating in this program, please reply by Thursday, May 6th.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you, in advance, for your participation.


Shelley Small
Administrative Manager, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Room 293 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone:  604-822-4593       Fax:  604-822-4400

2021 Ivarson Soil Science Scholarship – Call for Applications Now Open!

2021 Ivarson Soil Science Scholarship

Call for Applications Now Open!

Please circulate to eligible candidates

In 2021, one (1) scholarship of $2,000 will be offered to a graduate student studying soil science. Candidates who meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome to apply:

·     Candidates must hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status in Canada.

·     Candidates must be registered full-time in a masters or doctorate program in the area of soil science (agriculture, agro-ecology, resource management, environment, geology or other related disciplines) at a recognized Canadian university. Note: A letter from the university confirming enrolment is required to be submitted in support of the application by the deadline, otherwise the application will be rejected.

·     Candidates must be entering the second or subsequent years of graduate studies in soil science (agriculture, agro-ecology, resource management, environment, geology or other related disciplines).

·     Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for subsequent awards.


Detailed Application Guidelines and Forms available at

Application Deadline: April 23, 2021

UBC students can now download Microsoft 365 Office

UBC students can now download Microsoft 365 Office applications from Microsoft’s at no cost.

To get Microsoft 365 applications from, sign up for an email account. Once signed up, follow the steps listed on UBC IT’s Microsoft 365 for Students page.

What’s included in Microsoft’s

  •   Word
  •   Excel
  •   PowerPoint
  •   Outlook
  •   OneNote
  •   Publisher (with Windows only)
  •   Access (with Windows only)
  •  Online access to Teams and OneDrive

The Office 365 subscription via UBC Software Portal will be no longer available from August, 1, 2021. Students are encouraged to create a Student email ( and opt-in for M365 service via MyCWL Account page in order to access MS Software.

For more information, please visit the UBC IT Microsoft 365 Office for Students Service Catalogue page.

Got questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Centre.