Competition Announcement: Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements


Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

The Canada Graduate Scholarship Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada. This program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Vanier Scholarship or a Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level. Note that international students who hold a Vanier scholarship are not eligible for this competition.

 Annual Value: Up to $6,000 for three to six months

Deadline: Friday, May 23rd, 2014

 SSHRC applicants please note: All signatures must be in ink.

Please consult the Graduate Awards website for further information and application procedures:

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate Studies for this award is Allan Lee:


Erica Hirschberger

Graduate Awards Coordinator | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2  |

Ecologies of Social Difference Social Justice evening panel: Vancouver–The Greenest City? A social justice perspective.


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Date: Thursday, May 22, 6pm-9pm.

Venue: C680 – HSBC Hall, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver

This event is being organized by the Ecologies of Social Difference Social Justice Thematic Network at the University of British Columbia. Our network aims to promote research, outreach, and discussion on key issues at the intersection of nature, conservation and social justice concerns.
We see the ongoing activities related to making Vancouver ‘the Greenest City’ as a key opportunity to explore some of the social justice dimensions of these efforts. Our evening panel hopes to initiate conversations between the academic community at UBC, key policy makers and community activists and thinkers who are working on different dimensions of Vancouver’s Greenest City effort.
The event includes panel discussion, a facilitated Q and A and a reception afterwards.

PANELISTS: Jordan Bober is a New Economist who devotes himself to the evolution of a regenerative, socially just economy by convening events, speaking and teaching, and by running a Vancouver-based community currency called Seedstock.

Melanie Conn is a long-time activist with women, co-operatives and community economic development. She is also a founding director of the Women’s Economic Council. Stephanie Lim is the coordinator of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute, and a founding member of the Neighbourhood Food Network Working Group.

Dr. Robert Vanwynsberghe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research expertise is in sustainability and the related areas of social movements and capacity building.

*Please RSVP to by May 15th, 2014.
We sincerely hope you will be able to attend our event.

Please kindly distribute to relevant networks. Thank you very much! Best regards,

Ecologies of Social Difference Social Justice @UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice University of British Columbia

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2014 LFS Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award


Congratulations to Bryanna Thiel, MSc student, Soil Science, on receiving the 2013/14 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. UBC annually awards teaching prizes to 16 UBC Teaching Assistants in recognition of the valuable role they play in our undergraduate programs. Bryanna, a TA for the Land, Food and Community II (LFS 350) course taught by Associate Professor Eduardo Jovel, brings a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment and displays a strong interest in making sure the course lives up to her high standards. Bryanna is supervised by Dr. Sean Smukler.

2014 Winter Session TA Applications


The 2014 Winter Session TA on-line application has been closed.  Thank you to those students who submitted an application.  The list of applicants will be distributed to instructors within the next week.



Dear Graduate Students,

We’re happy to launch GSS Social Events starting next week! We’ll be having Game Night at the Graduate Student Centre. Send us your ideas for fun activities you’d like to do together! Besides that, you still have an opportunity to sign up for a fitness class, or an Art class, and a chance to strengthen your French! Hope all is well with you!

– Represent the graduate students in your department! Do your part in shaping the GSS’s agenda! How? Become a GSS Councillor! The GSS Council meets on the third Thursday of each month, at 5:30pm in the GSS Ballroom. Click through the link to learn more about the role of GSS Councillors. Contact to register your interest.

GSS Social & Recreational:

– GSS Social Events begin with Game Night on May 7th 6-9pm at Thea’s Lounge in the Graduate Student Centre! The event is free to graduate students, but we do ask that you RSVP to We look forward to seeing you!

– GSS Art Class: The Summer Sketch starts May 30th- July 18th! Work on your sketching skills and start to see nature in a whole new way! Read the detailed course description to find out more, and sign up!

– Register now for our Pilates or ZumbaYoga or Bellydance Fitness. Click through to the various classes for more information and to register. Bellydance Fitness and Zumba start on May 20th, while Pilates and Yoga start on June 3rd. Make a date with us!

– This is your last chance to sign up to play soccer or softball with some fun grad students this summer. The GSS Summer Sports League registration closes on May 1st! Get your team together!

– Learn/Improve your French! The GSS is offering two French classes this summer beginning May 26th- July 21st for beginners and intermediate learners. Learn about the courses and register!

GSS Sponsored Events:

3MT Update: Western Canada 3 Minute Thesis competition will be streamed for live-viewing on The event will feature twelve 3-minute presentations by graduate students on their research. Stephanie Harvard, from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, will be representing UBC!

Audience members will also be able to vote for their People’s Choice through ballots (for the live audience) or online through a link on the above website. The live-feed begins at 1pm PST. The online voting for People’s Choice will open immediately following the last 3MT talk and will remain open for 10 minutes. Give just 40minutes of your day to learn about the research of your peers, and support one of our own!

That’s it from me! Are you doing any spring cleaning of your computer files? Check out this xkcd strip. Sounds familiar? You’re among friends. 🙂



GSS Communications Coordinator