GradUpdate – National Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, Intro to Machine Learning, 14-Day Writing Challenge, Citation Practices, Open 101, GenAI Issues and Challenges, Intro to Python, and more.



In this issue, National Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, Intro to Machine Learning, 14-Day Writing Challenge, Citation Practices, Open 101, GenAI Issues and Challenges, Intro to Python, and more.

Registration open

National Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Online | Tuesday – Thursday, Oct 24 – 26 | 10 am – 1 pm PST
4th annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network event
Free, through UBC’s Sponsorship| Sessions include:

  • What’s Holding You Back? Getting Beyond Procrastination & Perfectionism, by Alex Abdel-Malek, MSW, RCC (Keynote)
  • Exploring Career & Professional Development Opportunities During Your Graduate Degree and Postdoc
  • Networking Strategies for Events and Conferences
  • Planning Your Postdoc
  • “Who am I?”: Claiming Your Professional Identity
  • Negotiating a Faculty Position: A Conversation with Reinhart Reithmeier by Reinhart Reithmeier
  • Making the Most of Your Non-Thesis/Course-Based Master’s Degree
  • Learning about the Employment Sector to Boost Career Exploration
  • Yes, Just Apply. You Are Marketable!
  • Interview STAR!

Agenda Register

Copyright for your Thesis: How to use Images and other material
Re-scheduled from Sept 13
Online | Thursday, Oct 5 | 11:15 am – 12:45 pm


Introduction to Machine Learning
This webinar will introduce basic concepts behind the machine learning algorithms, their difference from statistical methods and the most common type of problems that can be tackled with machine learning algorithms.
Online | Friday, Oct 13 | 10 am – 12 pm


Seats available

Introduction to Policy Communications
Join this first in a series of policy workshops for a discussion on how to create and disseminate effective, inclusive, and powerful policy writing
In-person or online | Today! Monday, Sep 25 | 12:30 – 2 pm Register

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit and for our full events calendar.


Using Zotero for Citation Management
Online | Tuesday, Oct 3 | 4:30 – 6 pm Register

Citation Practices in Academic and Professional Writing
In-person or online | Wednesday, Oct 4 | 10 – 11:30 am Register


BC Immigration pathways to permanent residency for international students
Online | Wednesday, Sep 27 | 10 – 11 am Register

Employer On-Campus
Online | Nokia | Tuesday, Oct 3 | 12 – 1 pm Learn more
Online | Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association | Tuesday, Oct 3 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm Learn more
In-person | Appficiency Inc. | Thurs, Oct 5 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Learn more

UBC Career Days
In-person, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Wednesday, Oct 4 and Thursday, Oct 5 | 11 am – 3:30 pm Learn more


Introduction to R and RStudio (beginner)
Online | Wednesday, Sep 27 | 2 – 3 pm Register

Creating Digital Exhibits: A Survey of Tools
Online | Wednesday, Oct 4 | 10 am – 12 pm Register

Mixed Methods using NVivo
Online | Thursday, Oct 5 | 4 – 6 pm Register

Introduction to Python – Basic concepts and data structures
Online | Friday, Oct 6 | 1 – 2:30 pm Register


CTLT Generative AI Support Clinic
Online Drop-in | Wednesday, Oct 4 | 1 – 2 pm Register

Open 101
Learn more about open education and open educational resources
Online | Thursday, Oct 5 | 1 – 2 pm Register

GenAI Issues and Challenges (30+30)
Online | Thursday, Oct 5 | 2 – 3 pm Register


14-Day Writing Challenge
Online | Oct 9 – 22 | opportunity to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability
National Centre for Faculty Development and Diversity program, available for free | Join NCFDD through UBC’s subscription, then register for the Challenge.

Invitation to attend the Sustainability Scholars wrap-up conference


There is still time to register for the Sustainability Scholars wrap up conference with keynote speaker Melissa Lem President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. The event is online and open to the public. Details below and attached.


When: Monday, September 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Online via Zoom

Registration: Free to all. Registration closes September 24.

What happens when you give bright and engaged students real-world sustainability problems to solve?

UBC’s Sustainability Scholars are helping to make real change in the world! Join us on September 25 to learn more about what our local governments and institutions are doing to future-proof our people, our cities, our urban spaces, and the Fraser Estuary.

Be part of an afternoon of engaged discussion on a diverse range of applied sustainability projects produced by UBC graduate students in collaboration with our partner organizations, including the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, Translink, many other local governments, local health authorities, and NGOs from across BC.

Scholars will present their projects in concurrent themed panel sessions throughout the afternoon. Panels will be moderated by experts from UBC and Sustainability Scholars Program partners.

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Lem, President: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Panel Themes: Biodiversity & Habitat | Adaptation & Resilience | Climate Action Engagement | Livable Cities | Planetary Health & Food Security | Capacity Building: Youth Engagement | Flood & Fire| Transportation

Conference Website:

Register here:

About the Sustainability Scholars Program:

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Karen Taylor  MA (she, her)
Senior Manager, Sustainability Scholars & Strategic Implementation | Sustainability Hub
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2343 – 2260 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 9362 | |

G+PS statement In support of inclusive education at UBC


In light of the events happening around Canada today, UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies wishes to express unwavering support for and commitment to inclusive education, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). As an educational institution, we’ve seen firsthand the benefit and importance of embracing and celebrating the principles of SOGI both within our community and beyond in order to create a safe space for students, faculty and staff to thrive academically and socially.

We are very concerned to hear of any human-rights based discrimination, and encourage our students, faculty and staff to uphold and support our 2SLGBTQIA+ students and communities. UBC is committed to responding to, and addressing, any concerns of human rights-based discrimination. If you are experiencing hate or discrimination, or if you witness discrimination, support is available. Below is a list of available supports and resources at UBC:

Please feel free to share with your staff or students not on this list; this message will be posted shortly on our website and community forum.

Thank you,


Jessica Heikkila Woolman (hear it pronounced) MLIS (She/Hers)
Communications Manager

Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
174-6371 Crescent Rd | Vancouver BC | V6T1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 822 3747 | Cell 604 786 2284 | |

CMS Grad Fellows Program – Apply by Friday!


There’s still time for your graduate students to apply to be a 2023-24 CMS Grad Fellow

Applications close on Friday, Sept 22 at 11:59pm – we hope you’ll share this info with your advisees and any other students or colleagues whose work is related to human migration and mobilities.

The CMS Grad Fellows Program supports outstanding UBC graduate students who are engaged in research related to human migration and mobilities. The annual program offers an interdisciplinary community in which students may expand and deepen their migration studies through opportunities for mentorship, speaker and workshop events, presenting research-in-progress, and more. Fellows are also supported by a $400 financial award. 

Grad Fellows are a vital part of our academic community, contributing to the relationships and initiatives that underpin the Centre’s research excellence. 

You can read more about the program on our website, including details on eligibility and how to apply. 

  • Complete applications are due by September 22, 2023
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in any graduate program the UBC Vancouver campus
  • 12 Fellows will be selected for this year’s cohort
  • The program runs Oct 2023–April 2024

We look forward to your applications!

Kindest Regards, 

Atmaza Chattopadhyay (She, They)
Program and Administrative Assistant
Centre for Migration Studies
The University of British Columbia | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory
C.K. Choi 324 – 1855 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada  | +1-604-822-9506


Upcoming Changes to Multi-factor Authentication for Students


MFA for Students Pop-up Booth cheat sheet

# Summary of what is happening.

## Dates

Starting Oct 2, 2023, students will be presented with an MFA sign-up prompt on every CWL login until enrolled (”nag screen”).

Oct 24-25, 2023 is the Final enrollment pop-ups on campus before MFA is mandatory starting Nov 1, 2023.

On Jan, 2024, MFA is enabled for Canvas and VPN access.

## Who will be Challenged

Only active students including student employees and volunteers will be challenged with MFA. This does not include applicants, alumni or non-credit learners.

Students will be challenged when they login to any UBC application that uses CWL authentication from off-campus or when they are connecting to the UBC VPN.

Students will not be challenged when on-campus or when logging in to systems that do not use CWL authentication.

## Ways to Authenticate

  • Duo Mobile App (free – works on phone and tablet) • Hard Token (available for purchase from the UBC Bookstore) • Bypass Code (details at • Touch ID / U2F (details at

## Technical Support Available to Students


UBC Vancouver

  • 604.822.2008 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) • Walk-in – Walter C Koerner Library (Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

UBC Okanagan

  • 250.807.9000 (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm)