Congratulations to Anisa Loewen!


Congratulations to Anisa Loewen, who was awarded second place for her poster presentation in the International Division Poster Competition at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, June 21-24, 2014.  Her poster, entitled “Optimization of vitamin A and D incorporation during re-assembly of casein micelles using response surface methodology” describes work conducted by Anisa as part of her MSc thesis research in the Food Science graduate program under the supervision of Eunice LI-Chan.

Employment Opportunity – Research Assistant IRES 2014-5


Employment Opportunity – Research Assistant IRES 2014-5

The UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and partners have an exciting research opportunity for an MA/MSc student based at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia commencing July 2014.  This one year position (with possible renewal) is supported by a SSHRC Partnerships Development Grant ‘The Next Generation’, focused on developing training and capacity-building in Community-based Research within the areas of water governance, asset-based development and participatory governance.  The student accepting this position will focus on the theme of water governance and will work closely with Dr. Leila Harrris and Dr. Crystal Tremblay, located at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), in addition to liaising with national and international partners and other graduate students across Canada.  This position will be ideal for an incoming graduate student at UBC with an interest in the following research areas: resource management, water governance, community-based research, and participatory action research.

The minimal requirements include a Bachelors degree and relevant experience in conducting research related to the topics of focus.  The successful candidate will have a background in conducting literature reviews, and qualitative/quantitative research skills. Additional skills desired include experience with social, multi-media and web-based technology, excellent communication skills and multiple language proficiency, although not a necessity. The primary outcome of the work will be a global literature review and bibliography on training tools for Community-based Research in the area of water governance.

The position will support 200 hours for one year at a rate of $24.41 plus benefits, with the bulk of the hours to be completed between July-October. All interested candidates should send a full CV and cover letter outlining their experience, qualifications and interest in this position.


Please send applications to Dr. Crystal Tremblay ( by July 15th, 2014.  A short-list of candidates will be interviewed, with interviews expected to take place mid July 2014, to commence immediately.




Dear Graduate Students,

We hope you took a break to enjoy the various Canada Day celebrations yesterday, and that you’re back to work today! How else shall we deserve to enjoy the weekend?

GSS Social & Recreational

– This Friday, July 4th at 1pm, watch France face off with Germany at the 2014 World Cup’s first Quarter-final! It’ll be the second of our GSS World Cup Socials at Koerner’s Pub! On July 8th and 9th we’ll watch the two Semi-finals, and then the Final on July 13th! Save the Dates!  Need additional incentives? There’ll be discounted food, okay? Also, the first 20 registered graduate students in each game get a $5 Gift Card! Register already and check out the detailed schedule here.

– Let’s go hike up Mt Seymour on July 12th! Savor panoramic views of the city and the Coastal Mountain Range on this 9km intermediate hike! It’ll be great! Click through for details and to register, and don’t forget to download and sign the waiver! Registration closes on July 9th.

– (While we’re talking sports, this might be a good place to mention that there are planned changes underway for UBC’s Thunderbird Fields. If you’re interested in learning about what the changes entail, you’re invited to the meeting on July 10 at

GSS Opportunities

– UBC’s Continuing Studies has a week long “Writing for Graduate Students” class July 7th-11th that might be of interest to you if you’re having trouble with style and grammar, the development and organization of ideas, writing abstracts and literature reviews, and incorporating sources and quotations at the graduate level. Check it out.

– Koerner Library Research Commons is also offering various workshops to help graduate students win! Workshops cover topics like Thesis Formatting, Citation Management using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley, various workshops on using SPSS, and around Copyright. Use the keywords above to look up the dates and times of these workshops on the UBC Library Website.

See you Friday at 1pm for the France vs Germany game. I’m sure no one will mind if you wanted to stay on to watch host Brazil get creamed by Columbia at 4pm. 🙂

Best wishes,

Ngwatilo: for your GSS


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Koerner Library Research Commons Workshops and Events July 2014


Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley

Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Citation Management Using Zotero

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 4:00PM – 6:00PM


Citation Management Using RefWorks

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM


Citation Management Using Mendeley

Tuesday, July 8th, 9am-11pm

Location: Koerner Library, RM217

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? See our Consultations page to book a one-on-one session:



Workshop 1- Basic SPSS

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Let us help you learn the basics.

No previous knowledge of SPSS is required for the first workshop:

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 10:00am – 2:00pm

Workshop 2- SPSS Data Management

Do you know how to edit your data using effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through a hassle of writing code? SPSS can do this for you with a few clicks. Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM


Workshop 3 Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS

Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze your data with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? Well, we can help you with all of these questions. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM


Workshop 4 – Regression Analysis

Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to do linear and logistic regression analysis with SPSS? Do you want to learn about simple and multivariate regression modeling? Register for the SPSS Regression workshop to get a sense of it all!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:

Copyright Workshops and Events

Ongoing Copyright & Course Reserves Drop-in Clinic

Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: The CTLT Resource Room (214), in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Staff from the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office will be on-hand to help you work through your copyright and library course reserves questions one-on-one. Bring your reading lists, presentation slides, articles, websites, theses and dissertations, or other work you need guidance on. Registration is not required.


Author Rights, Funder Mandates, and Open Access Publishing

Wed, July 9, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY. Curious about managing copyright in academic publishing, locating funder open access policies, and the different options available for open access publishing? Come to this workshop to learn about these topics and more!
Register here.

Copyright and Conference Presentations

July 23, 2014

Wed, July 23, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY. This session will provide information on: using copyrighted materials in conference presentations, conference proceedings and prior publication, and copyright basics for conference organizers.

Register here.


Literature Review Workshop for Grad Students

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.

Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.

There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM


Kelsey Blair
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons