Dear Graduate Students,

Hope you’re making new friends and are sufficiently stimulated by your classes this week! Also, use this sunny reprieve to prepare for The Real Rain! Come to the Disorientation Party this weekend, okay? For you and for me. And, for those of you who get to the end of this week’s newsletter, there’s a TREAT! 🙂

GSS Social & Recreational

Last call for the Disorientation Party @ The Roxy (932 Granville St) this Friday, September 5th, 2014, 7:00pm-2:00am.  Do you have your ticket? We’ve got some left but they won’t be here long, they are, after all, only $10! What does $10 do for you? Get’s you in the door and gives you a $6 gift certificate you can spend however you like! Check out the page for the fine print!

On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 5:30pm-8:00pm, it’s Family Night at Arcadia Park! This is for you,  Master’s-dads/PhD-mums! Get together with other student-parents and talk about the time you motorbiked down the West Coast; you, the bike and the open road. Or whatever you like. It’s Free, at Acadia Park Activity Room, 2707 Tennis Crescent, Vancouver.

Our GSS Language and Fitness Classes are back starting September 15th and 16th! We’re offering your favorites again: Yoga, Zumba, Pilates and Bellydance for Fitness! You can also sign up to take beginner or intermediate level French! And learn how to sketch with pen, charcoal and chinese ink in this term’s GSS Art Class is also back! Get your semester organized!

The image above represents the unabashed joy of three grad students who, through their own physical and mental acuity, beat other very capable grad students to win Free BC Lions tickets. How to Get The Look: Buy your ticket at the GSS and get in on a great deal:– Grad Students $45 Non Grads $55. November 7, 2014 will be the BC Lions’ final game before the playoffs against the Calgary Stampeders! Your ticket includes FANTASTIC SEATS, a tailgate party at Koerners, a Roundtrip bus ride, BC Lions Souvenirs, 10% discounts on BC merchandise, & chances to win great doorprizes! Cheer the BC Lions with your GSS!

GSS Opportunities

The GSS is looking for new Bookings Assistants to help us effectively run events at our building! Check our website to learn more about the position, which starts at $14/hr. Apply by September 12th, 2014!

Contribute your graduate non-thesis coursework to the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award Collection in cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository, by September 24th for the chance to win one of two awards of $500, each. Your work will have global reach, which you’ll be able to monitor. For more details about the award and to enter, visit the GSS cIRcle Award’s information page. Do it before the semester starts!

Intake of new councillors is coming up fast at the GSS October council. Really consider it. You’ll be in the know about the inner workings of the GSS & the University.  Contact, but you can also check out the process here.

Thank You Orientation Volunteers!

To the all stars of the Graduate Orientation activities: Our Volunteers! You guys fed and herded people, smiled and hugged them, helped us set up and set down, and generally made Grad Orientation a success, (even during that one breakfast time delay! Aaah!) We really couldn’t have done it without you, and we say thank you and wish you big boatloads of good karma.

Finally, a few weeks ago, our very own GSS President Colum Connolly took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and did some good while getting wet. He nominated Professor Arvind Gupta, President of UBC, and AMS President Tanner Bokor. They accepted the challenge this week. And it’s kind of a little fun to watch.

What’s the take away? It’s going to be a great semester. 🙂

– Ngwatilo: for your GSS.

Koerner Library Workshops


 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.

Thursday, September 11th at 9:30am – 11:30am


Thursday, September 15th at 12:00pm – 2:00pm


Thursday, September 25th at 9:30am – 11:30am


Thursday, September 29th 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 Mendeley:

Thursday, September 11th at 1:30pm – 3:30pm


Citation Management Using RefWorks:

Thursday, September 18th at 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Citation Management Using Zotero:

Thursday, September 25th at 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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:

Tuesday, September 9th at 12:30pm – 2:30pm

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.

Tuesday, September 9th at 3:00PM – 5:00PM


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!
Tuesday, September 16th at 12:30pm – 2:30pm


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!

Tuesday, September 16th at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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


Copyright for the Classroom

September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Have questions about screening films in class, distributing readings to your students, or using someone else’s images in your presentation slides or online course pages? What about your students’ use of copyrighted materials in their assignments and online postings? Come to this workshop to get answers to these questions and more!

Register Here

Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment

September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Neville Scarfe Building, room 308A

Curious about what you can post on a UBC departmental website, personal blog, shared wiki space, or social media platform? This workshop will cover what to keep in mind when using other people’s copyrighted work on publicly available websites.

Register Here

Copyright for Authors & Creators

September 16, 2014

Tue, September 16, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


You’ve finally finished your research and now you’re looking to publish. Just what do you need to know about copyright to make sure your work has the protections you need? This workshop will cover what authors and creators need to know about copyright, giving you a solid knowledge base to build from.

Register Here

Copyright and Ethics in Scholarly Publishing

September 18, 2014

Thu, September 18, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Have questions about plagiarism and academic integrity? What about “self-plagiarism” and “gift authorship”? This workshop will cover what you need to know to get your work out there ethically while preserving your own rights to it.

Register Here

Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access Publishing

September 23, 2014

Tue, September 23, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


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

September 30, 2014

Tue, September 30, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Curious about using other people’s figures in your conference presentations? Wondering if presenting a paper at a conference counts as prior publication? Looking for an overview of copyright considerations for conference organizers? Come to this workshop to learn about these topics and more!

Register Here


Graduate Student Orientation to the Library
September 8th
Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: RM217Koerner Building-Event Facilities & Labs
Description: Are you a graduate student and new to UBC? Would you like to know more about what the library has to offer? This basic workshop will provide you with an overview of some of the key services and resources available to you from the library.

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here
September 17th
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25
Description: 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.
Facilitator(s): Sheryl Adam, Sally Taylor, Katherine Miller, Kevin Lindstrom, Susan Paterson, Brenda Peterson

Cinema Salons
September 25th
Thursday September 25th @ 12noon in Koerner 216
Don’t miss our new monthly series of screenings from the UBC Library’s feature film collection in Koerner Library. On the last Thursday of every month, join lovers of cinema to view and discuss titles from the Videomatica Collection. The inaugural screening this term will be hosted by Stephen Heatley, Professor of Theatre, on Thursday September 25th @ 12noon in Koerner 216 with a screening of Trevor Nunn’s film version of Twelfth Night (1996) with Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, and Ben Kingsley, to coincide with the opening of the Dept of Theatre and Film’s stage version later that day.

“…one of the most engaging romances ever written.” – New York Times


Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons

Event Announcement


Field Experience
A Faculty of Education alumni and family celebration at the UBC Farm

Saturday, September 13, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UBC Farm
3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, B.C.

Join Dean Blye Frank and members of the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project team for an alumni and family celebration.


Kristen Harvey
Manager, Alumni Engagement  | Faculty of Education
2616 – 2125 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4
T: 604-827-5553 | E:

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship – DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 10, 2014


Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

$40,000 stipend plus $20,000 travel allowance

Graduate Studies deadline 24 October, 2014: check with graduate program for internal deadline

Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.


  • Candidates must be applying into the first year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the first or second year of a PhD at UBC.
  • Although priority will be accorded to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, up to one fourth of the total number of Trudeau Scholars may be international students (preference will be given to international students from the developing world).

For application and nomination procedures, please see the Graduate Awards website:

For more information about the Trudeau Foundation, please see their website:

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Joanne Tsui (