We have revised the “Major” LFS Departmental Awards (Greater Than $10,000) information and application package.   The document is now posted on our website under LFS Departmental Awards.  Please note:  the application deadline is Monday, June 30th, 2014.


This application is for:

#801 – Canadian Dairy Commission Scholarship

#4819 – Leonard S Klinck Memorial Fellowship

#4848 – Mary and David Macaree Fellowship

4YF – Current PhD students (as defined in application)

We expect to provide committee members with completed application packages in early July for their review.  Following a committee meeting to discuss and rank applications, nominations will be forwarded to Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies in early August.  Students should receive award notification by late to early September.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.





Dear Graduate Students,

Stephanie Harvard does it again! Our own UBC School of Population and Public Health graduate student has made it to the finals of the 3MT competition with her talk, “Does Quality Care Influence Health and Costs? A Study in ‘Spondylo’ Arthritis.” Vote in the People’s Choice category by June 2nd and click your support for our favourite 3MT-er!


GSS Social & Recreational

This is your last chance to sign up for  ZumbaYogaPilates or Bellydance Fitness classes.  Sweating in the summer is inevitable, so why not stay in shape while you’re at it?! Read about our classes through the links and register already! Class is in session on June 3rd.

– GSS Art Class: The Summer Sketch starts this Friday May 30th through 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! Time’s almost up!


GSS Opportunities

Academic Writing Week is coming up fast at G & PS, and the GSS would like to invite you to get involved! Aside from participants, we’re looking for volunteers to help facilitate discussion, perform registration, generally organize or even present! (It will be good experience for your resume) Our vpexternal@gss.ubc.ca is looking forward to hearing from you. The week itself covers lots of interesting topics you may be dealing with in your own academic writing, including just having a peer group to motivate you to “get it done.” Check out the schedule here.

– UBC Let’s Talk Science is looking for an enthusiastic graduate student to join their coordinating team! Read about the responsibilities of this work-learn position, and apply by June 9th!


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 info@gss.ubc.ca.

– As a graduate student at UBC what has been your experience with the Positive Space Campaign? The campaign was launched in 2002 with the goal of making UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans*, two-spirit and intersex (LGBQT*TI⁺) communities. This year the Equity & Inclusion office staff, together with other stakeholders are reviewing the program, and invite you to share your experience with it by participating in this 15-20minute survey by June 8th. Thank you for sharing your time.


That’s it from me, have a sunny rest of the week!


Graduate Research Assistant, Land, Food, and Community I, II, and III


The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia invites applications for Graduate Research Assistant.  This position supports a curriculum enhancement project that includes incorporating pedagogical tools and flexible learning strategies into a series of courses LFC I, II and III.

Background / Context

The Land, Food, and Community (LFC) Core Series courses in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems integrate community engaged scholarship approaches, community-based experiential learning (CBEL) and community-based action research (CBAR) with flexible learning strategies to enhance student learning, including the application of theoretical knowledge in hands-on activities. The project will incorporate flexible learning strategies into the core series (LFS 100, 150, 250, 350 and 450) to deepen and increase CBEL and CBAR initiatives, as well as develop flipped classroom approaches that both foster interactions among students and instructors and enhance skill development. The project team will integrate the experience of ongoing flexible learning initiatives in the faculty, incorporate community partner feedback, blend current flexible learning strategies from online to face-to-face versions of courses, and create online repositories of resources for the Core Series. This will be the first year (grant funded) of an expected three-year project (pending future successful grant applications).

The Position

We seek a part-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for a total of350 hours (approximately 8-10 hours/week for 9 months, starting in August). The successful candidate for this grant-funded position will assist the LFC Flexible Learning Initiative research, design, create, and maintain the architecture for a web-based communication platform. Rate of pay will be $850 monthly, which includes 4% vacation pay.

Organizational Status

The successful candidate will report to the LFC Series Coordinator, Will Valley and the Assistant Dean of Learning Technologies, Dr. Cyprien Lomas.

Work Performed

  • Research, design, create, update and maintain the architecture for a web-based communication platform for students, instructional team, and/or community stakeholders
  • Research, identify, and create resources to support Core series courses
  • Work in collaboration with Core Coordinator as well as Core series instructors, CBEL Officer and other stakeholders
  • Work independently to search for and identify recent peer-reviewed journal articles, secondary and tertiary references, online videos and other material
  • Carry out other duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of the positions in this classification.

Specific Skills

  • Experience using UBC WordPress blog  or similar web-based platforms
  • Experience in fields of digital media and communications design
  • Experience using content management systems such as Connect
  • Experience with basic multimedia tools such as video production and photo/graphics editing

To Apply

Please submit a resume of relevant skills and experience and a cover email explaining your interest in the position to Will Valley (wcvall@mail.ubc.ca) and Dr. Cyprien Lomas (cyprien.lomas@ubc.ca) with the subject heading ‘GRA LFC Core Series ’ by July 10, 2014.

Include the names, phone numbers and email addresses of 2-3 references who can speak to your experience in the above-described kinds of work.

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.

Graduate Pathways to Success Workshop: Procrastination + Career Symposium


Registration is now open for the following Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) sessions:

GPS/UBC Life & Career Centre Workshop: Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

For a session description, please visit: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/11537-gpsubc-life-career-centre-workshop-breaking-patterns-procrastination

To register, see https://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g3484

Centre for Student Involvement & Careers and GPS will be hosting a graduate student career exploration symposium on Tuesday, June 10th.

Details can be found at: http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/graduate-career-exploration-symposium.  Registration will open later this week.   Registration for the June 9th pre-symposium workshops will open next Monday.  Join us on facebook at UBC Grad School for further updates.

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

jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | www.grad.ubc.ca