Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – Crystal Karakochuk


Congratulations to Crystal Karakochuk on receiving a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarship is worth $150,000, paid over three years.

Crystal, a PhD student in Human Nutrition, is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years of experience in clinical pediatrics, community and international nutrition.  She has worked internationally with the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF. Currently, she’s investigating integrated nutrition and agriculture programs in Cambodia and their impact on poverty, food security, and nutrition, under the mentorship of Drs. Tim Green and Judy McLean. Her dissertation will focus on investigating genetic hemoglobin disorders and anemia in Cambodian women of reproductive age.

Research Opportunities Week at the TU Munich, Germany October 20-24, 2014



The Technical University Munich (TUM) invites you to apply for the Research Opportunities Week and to experience life at the TUM up close and personal. Twice a year, 50 postdocs are selected from around the world to take part in this unique program – which is fully funded. TUM University Foundation Fellowships are offered to the most promising talents to carry out research at TUM. Apply until May 30 for one of 50 Postdoc Mobility Travel Grants:



Dear Graduate Students,

Do come out for Game Night tonight (May 7th) at the Graduate Student Centre, between 6-9pm and roll the dice at the start of this new GSS tradition! Today is also the early bird registration deadline for the GSS sponsored multi-disciplinary WEST Conference taking place at UBC! Don’t miss out!

GSS Conferences: – You have until May 15th to submit your poster for the WEST conference, but today is your last chance to benefit from the low $50 early bird registration! WEST is a multidisciplinary water/wastewater conference to be held at UBC from June 8-10th. Your registration gets you meals, gorgeous venue, special invited speakers, a science communication workshop, an evening of water awareness at the Vancouver Aquarium and great cross-disciplinary networking! The GSS is a very proud sponsor. Register Today!

– The GSS is proud to host the Alliance of B.C. Students’ AGM on May 31st – June 1st here at UBC Vancouver. The ABCS is the largest BC student advocacy body representing over 140,000 students at seven post-secondary institutions. You’re invited! Join us for this important gathering.

GSS Social & Recreational: – Don’t forget to RSVP to for our first GSS Social Event – Game Night –  tonight, May 7th 6-9pm at Thea’s Lounge in the Graduate Student Centre.  The event is free to graduate students, so no excuses!

– 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. All classes start on June 3rd! Make a date with us!

– 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 Opportunities: – The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is looking for a Student Research Assistant to help them do a qualitative study of graduate students’ perceptions of mentoring. They are now accepting applications. Please follow the link to learn more about the position, its requirements and to apply.

You may have heard talk about Emergency Preparedness this week. Take note of the emergency preparedness information and workshops available near you. Also, take time to work, take time to sun!


GSS Communications Coordinator

NSERC visit June 3rd


NSERC is gearing up for another round of community engagement visits to provide researchers, students and other stakeholders an opportunity to connect with them to learn more about some recent program and policy developments.


These visits also serve as a platform for the community to ask questionsand seek more information from some of NSERC’s grants and scholarships experts.


The session takes approximately three hours and features presentations by NSERC experts with opportunities for questionsfrom participants throughout the session.


Some of the topics that will be discussed include:


·         Federal Budget 2014

·         Update on the Allocation of Discovery Grants Budget Among Evaluation Groups

·         Eligibility and Appeals Processes

·         Common CV & New Research Portal

·         Women in Science and Engineering

·         Update on Scholarships and Fellowships programs, including the Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships


The UBC visit will be on June 3rd.


Michael Smith Laboratories: 102- 2185 East Mall

Time: 1PM to 4PM  

Snacks will be provided


Please RSVP to if you are attending.



Martin Kirk (on behalf of John Hepburn)

Call for Volunteers – STEM 2014 Conference



Call for Volunteers – STEM 2014 Conference


UBC Grad Students,

Would you like to attend the 3rd International STEM Conference taking place right here at UBC Vancouver, July 12-15?  With delegates attending from across the globe, volunteers are key to making this a successful event and enjoyable experience of UBC Vancouver.  Come help out and connect with others engaged in STEM Education.

Volunteers are expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours in total supporting the conference (this may be spread across several days) in exchange for a complimentary registration for the 4-day of the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion.

Please fill out the STEM 2014 Volunteer Application (online).

Application Deadline:  12:00pm on Wednesday, May 14