LFS Service Awards – Call for Nominations



Nominations are now open for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems outstanding service awards, including the Shynkaryk Service Award (staff) and Richards Service Award (faculty). These awards will be presented at our Faculty Party on Tuesday, December 9.  Nominees should be LFS staff or faculty members who meet the following criteria: consistently provides excellent service to students, faculty and staff, accomplished tasks with good humour and grace, works extremely well with others, and always goes one step further on every project. Nominations should include the name of the nominator, name of nominee and 3 or more reasons for the nomination (with examples).  Please send nominations to Melanie Train (melanie.train@ubc.ca) by Friday, November 28.

Reminder: Fall 2014 CGSM Competition


The Fall 2014 CGSM application (2015-2016 competition) is available on the Tri-Agency portal (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsm-bescm_eng.asp)

Affiliated Fellowships: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships

The deadline across Canada for applications is *8pm Eastern Time, 1 December, 2014*. After this time, the research portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application.

This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters.

It is the your responsibility to ensure that the references are submitted on time.

Before submitting an application, please review your eligibility. Complete eligibility criteria are available on the NSERC website.

If in doubt please check with Lia: lia.maria@ubc.ca


Common Questions and Answers:

*Q – Do I have to upload all of my undergraduate transcripts?*

A – Yes, all post-secondary transcripts must be included, even if no degree was obtained or sought at a particular university (e.g. transfer or exchange credits).


*Q – Can I upload a web transcript?*

A – No. All uploaded transcripts must be official (originally issued by the registrar).


*Q – What if I do not have a first-class average as determined by my current/previous institution(s) in each of my last two years of full-time study?*

A – Your graduate program may consider forwarding your application to the university-level competition as an exceptional case, but this award opportunity is highly competitive, and they must be able to put forward a strong justification for why you should be considered despite not meeting this criteria.


For more Q & A please see here: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/TriFAQ-FAQInterCon_eng.asp

Conflict Resolution for the Professional Woman – Part II


Date: Wednesday Nov 26
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: UBC Point Grey Campus, Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre (Room 224)
Register: Please go to: http://ow.ly/E4lry

The Brown Bag Series is a monthly event organized by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) whose purpose is to provide a place for learning and discussion of topics to help women in STEM fields advance their careers.

This month we are bringing back our last month’s guest speaker Lindi Frost for a follow up session on conflict resolution. The first one was a great success and the attendees requested for a follow up. Considering the nature of the topic and participants’ needs, we are extending this month’s session to a two hour long interactive workshop. If you have missed our October session, not to worry as there will be a quick review.

Speaker’s Bio: As a Human Resources and Labour Relations expert with more than 25 years’ experience, Lindi has worked extensively in the area of employment/labour law, contract negotiations and conflict resolution. During the course of her career, Lindi has led numerous negotiations on behalf of the University of British Columbia. She trains and coaches HR professionals and administrative leaders in the field of employee/labour relations work. Lindi also has significant experience working in the non-profit sector as a leader and board member, with a focus on organizations that work with those individuals who are on the margins. Lindi is a Certified Executive Coach and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Management.

If you would like to join us for our Brown Bag Meeting in November, for registration please go to:http://ow.ly/E4lry
Come and join us for a fun, interactive session!
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served; please bring your own mug.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For upcoming meetings in this series please check the SCWIST events calendar.
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Lisa Parvin & Lauren Muttucomaroe

Event Coordinators | Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

SCWIST BrownBag Lunch Series at UBC


Faculty Holiday Party


Faculty Holiday Party

Mark your calendars for the annual Faculty Party, including presentation of the two LFS Service Awards (Shynkaryk Service Award and Richards Service Award) on Tuesday, December 9 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Agora, MacMillan Building.  We are looking for volunteers (faculty and staff) for the Faculty Party Organizing Committee.  Please contact Rebecca (dean.landfood@ubc.cca) by November 21 if you are interested.   More details will follow.






Dear Graduate Students,

Okay, Okay, the BC Lions got Stamped last Friday. And it was a little painful to watch, but also a little epic? 🙂

Er, buckle down and get that work done. When you take a break, fill out the AMS/GSS Health & Dental plan survey, or volunteer some time to support our projects. 🙂

GSS Advocacy

Your GSS made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services ahead of the finalized 2015 provincial financial budget. We urged that they especially consider instituting a BC Graduate Scholarship program, and increasing resources for childcare for students and Co-op placement programs. We’ll let you know what comes of it.

GSS Catchup

This week! Weigh in on our proposed changes to the GSS Executive structure. We’re considering splitting the Academic and External portfolio into two and eliminating the VP Administration position.

This Friday, November 14th from 3-6pm, we’ll be at the Graduate Student Centre, in Thea’s Lounge. Coffee and donuts are on us. Email aa@gss.ubc.ca if you want to be more informed about these changes.

Out & About

– Vancouver’s municipal elections takes place this weekend (November 15th)! Are you eligible to vote? Are you familiar with your candidates, and the issues? Vote. Civic engagement is on You.

– Many thanks to new Grad & GSS Councillor Naman Paul for our photo, for the memory of Fall. Follow his sightings on Instagram @namanpaul.

GSS Volunteer Program

As we strive to promote a graduate community here at UBC, the GSS is looking at starting a volunteer program. We’re arguing having more volunteers would expand our capacity to run more (diverse) events run for and by grads like you.

Want to pitch in? Have you questions for us? Email info@gss.ubc.ca.

The bright side is it’s a four day week – at least on paper.

– Ngwatilo: for your GSS.