Registration Now Open for the Instructional Skills Workshop July 5, 12, 19


Registration is open for the Instructional Skills Workshop July 5, 12, 19, 2014.  Please note that participants must be able to attend the entire 24 hour workshop.  Please find attached the new policy for registration in the ISW.

The Instructional Skills Workshop is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation.  It is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop.

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the July 5, 12, 19 ISW, please go to:

If you have any questions, please contact myself.

Best regards,

Mischa Makortoff

MISCHA MAKORTOFF | Marketing & Events Assistant

Marketing & Communications Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology Irving K. Barber Centre, University of British Columbia

#214-1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Graduate Student Employment Opportunity – Let’s Talk Science


**** A Notice to all UBC Let’s Talk Science Volunteers****

UBC Let’s Talk Science is looking for an enthusiastic graduate student to join our coordinating team! The successful applicant will work with a dedicated group of coordinators and volunteers to engage youth in hands-on, minds-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities across Vancouver. One assistant coordinator position is currently available for the Teacher Partnership Program. Please see job responsibilities below. Time Commitment: Approx. 6-8 hrs/week Honorarium: $5,000-$6,000/year

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruit school teachers from all across Vancouver through mail and email
  • Assist in training and managing volunteers
  • Connect graduate students and teachers, help to coordinate visits, and oversee individual partnerships
  • Follow up regarding volunteer visits to classrooms and identify any barriers that may exist in scheduling visits
  • Facilitate feedback from volunteers and teachers
  • Help volunteers log their classroom visits online
  • Work together with volunteers to create new science activities, inform of appropriate existing activities, or tailor lesson plans to specific teacher needs
  • Respond to requests for supplies through email or arranging times to meet and running office hours

Since this position is through a work-learn, the successful application must be a UBC student during the 2014/2015 academic year. Experience with the Teacher Partnership Program is an asset.

If you are interested in this position, please forward your resume with cover letter to Deadline for applications is Monday, June 9th, 2014. Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions regarding the positions or job responsibilities. Ruth & Sherry Executive Coordinators UBC Let’s Talk Science

2357-1874 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Master’s Student Position in Grapevine Physiology/Functional Genomics


One M.Sc. student position is available starting September 01, 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Simone Castellarin at the University of British Columbia, Wine Research Centre in Vancouver, BC.  The student will be enrolled within the Plant Science program at the University of British Columbia. The research program will focus on the control of fruit ripening and the role of environmental factors on determining fruit quality in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). The laboratory adopts a multidisciplinary approach that considers open field and greenhouse experiments, transcriptome (RNA-seq) and metabolome (GC/MS, LC/MS) analyses.

Graduate student qualifications: Applicants must hold a degree in Plant Science, Biology, Biochemistry or other related area with a strong academic record. Applicants must have previous lab experience and good communication skills in English. A stipend will be provided.

Application process: Interested candidates should apply by June 30, 2014. Applicants can submit their cover letter, CV and names of two referees to Dr. Simone D. Castellarin at Only qualified applicants will receive a reply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.



Dear Graduate Students,

A warm and heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2014! It’s been wonderful to share some time with you. Best of luck in your next adventure. Send us some real world tips when you arrive!

We hope you like our newly upgraded newsletter! We may experience a few glitches as we get used to the new system: forgive them forthwith! We’ll also ask you to update your information to make sure we’re reaching you at your most correct address. Let’s get this show on the road!

GSS Research & Conferences

– The GSS and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is carrying out a qualitative study of graduate students’ perceptions of mentoring. We will be exploring graduate students’ perspectives on mentoring to inform and improve mentoring as an integral part of teaching and learning at UBC. We’d now like to invite you to participate in this study and share your experiences and perspective with us. Please review the official invitation letter and consent form then sign up to do your bit in helping us improve the graduate student mentorship experience at UBC.

– 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. If you’d like to get involved, please email us at

GSS Social & Recreational

– 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!

– Have you signed up for our Pilates or Zumba, Yoga or Bellydance Fitness classes? 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

Apply to be a Graduate Research Assistant! The Vice-President, Students Office and the CTLT are working in partnership with the AMS and GSS on a project to understand the student experience of Flexible Learning at UBC. There are two positions, one to begin in June 2014 and the other in September 2014, each for 10 months at 10 hours a week. Learn more about this opportunity and apply by June 6th, at 4pm!

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Graduate Pathways to Success workshop: Resume Clinic


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Registration is now open for next week’s Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS)/CSI&C Resume Clinic.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

For a complete session description, please visit

To register, see

Several new workshops including the writing week series, procrastination and from resume to online profile have been posted at .


Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman

Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802

170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |