LFS Departmental Awards


Good afternoon:

I suspect some of you have been questioning emails that you received from The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies today advising you of an award notification and asking you to either accept or decline the offer. I can assure you this isn’t SPAM and the email wasn’t sent to you in error!!

G&PS has been reviewing and processing the award recommendations for the LFS Departmental Awards that I’ve been submitting for the last couple of weeks and award offers started being sent to students today. For the most part, these are endowed awards administered through G&PS. As such, G&PS very carefully reviews each and every nomination to ensure the student fits the award description. In addition, they have to make sure funding is available for each of the awards. This is why we are not allowed to inform students of nominations as, occasionally, we do submit nominations that we feel meet the award description only to have G&PS advise us that they don’t.

The majority of the awards were offered today. There are a few more that will be offered next week. G&PS has advised me that they will all be processed and offered before tuition is due in September. Once they have all been offered, I will be posting a list of awards and winners on our awards website.

A big thank you to all of our Program Graduate Advisors for reviewing and ranking our LFS “Major” (Greater Than $10,000) Awards and Scholarships and also for submitting nominees for the LFS “Minor” (Less Than $10,000) Awards and Scholarships.

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


MSFSS Signature Requirements


Important reminder to those applying to the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements program:

Each agency requires its own Consent to Disclosure form, which is signed by the applicant. Please ensure you have included this form with your other application materials; incomplete applications cannot go forward to the Tri-Agencies despite where they may have been ranked.

Especially important for SSHRC applicants: all student signatures must be original (in ink).

Free Statistical Consultation — UBC Department of Statistics


SUBJECT: Free Statistical Consultation — UBC Department of Statistics

Dear UBC Graduate Students and Faculty:

I am writing to let you know that, as in past years, free statistical consultation will be available this fall term, from graduate students enrolled in our practicum course STAT 551 (Statistical Consulting).

Students in this course have already completed STAT 550 (Techniques of Statistical Consulting), and will be carrying out this academic activity under my overall supervision.

Please consider whether the type of consultation described might be helpful to your research program. If so, please submit your projects carefully following the guidelines in the announcement below.

John Petkau, Professor
2015-16 STAT 551 Instructor
Department of Statistics, UBC
E-mail: john at stat dot ubc dot ca


STAT 551, FALL Term of 2015-2016

Projects from all UBC-affiliated units and all levels of researchers, particularly including graduate students, are welcome. Research projects requiring primarily advice on appropriate designs and methods of statistical analysis are ideally suited for STAT 551. To allow each

551 student to be exposed to several projects, the total time spent on each project has to be limited. Thus, smaller projects are particularly suitable. Students will provide at most 2 to 4 hours of “face-to-face”

consultation on a given project but will also provide a written report containing detailed advice and recommendations.

Due to this time limitation, STAT 551 projects typically do not involve carrying out data analyses. Our Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory (SCARL) has fee-for-service options in cases where further work is desired — check the CONSULTING link at www.stat.ubc.ca for more information.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive free statistical advice, please submit your project description to me by e-mail (as an attached WORD document, to john at stat dot ubc dot ca), with a subject line clearly indicating STAT 551.

Your project description should consist of a concise description of your research problem in non-specialist language, with a clear indication of specific statistical issues on which advice is desired. A description of at most one page is preferred. Please only attach supplementary material if it is absolutely essential. (For example, sending a grant proposal, together with a cover note saying you want advice on its statistical aspects without any attempt to describe the research problem in terms that can be understood by a Statistics graduate student or to clarify what specific statistical issues are of concern, is not an appropriate submission.) A sample project description can be viewed at:


As soon as your project is approved for STAT 551, your description will be added to the list from which students will select projects. Thus it is to your advantage to submit a clear description as soon as possible.

Students will begin selecting projects immediately at the start of the fall term. The clearer your description, the more likely students are to select your project sooner rather than later and the more productive the initial consultation session is likely to be.

Once your project has been selected, the student will contact you to arrange an appointment for an initial consultation session. If, at any time prior to being contacted, you no longer require advice on your project, please let me know so the students do not spend time preparing for “inactive” projects.

Please note that a graduate student seeking advice via STAT 551 needs the permission of his/her supervisor. An e-mail from the supervisor at the time of project submission suffices.

If you know others who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass on this information.

Thanks in advance for submitting interesting and challenging projects for the students enrolled in STAT 551 this term.

John Petkau, Professor
2015-16 STAT 551 Instructor
Department of Statistics, UBC
E-mail: john at stat dot ubc dot ca


Andrea Sollberger,
Student Services Coordinator
Department of Statistics| The University of British Columbia
3182 Earth Sciences Building| 2207 Main Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Student position: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Assistant (SoTL RA)


Student position: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Assistant (SoTL RA)

Three openings; wage: $29.57/hour. Deadline to apply: Aug 24.

Work with faculty members to design, implement, analyze, and write up their SoTL projects. The focus of the work is on evaluating and researching the novel pedagogies. Bringing your expertise in educational research to the project, each SoTL RA will support several related projects concurrently, most of which are recipients of the SoTL Seed Research Fund.

RAs will receive training and support and work together as a cohort, supporting each other and facilitating transfer across projects and faculties.

Read full qualifications and other details at https://ubc-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php/pid054909?mode=form&id=525cef0edda8f4a4c494d3f1ad77237c&s=jobs&ss=favorites (login with your CWL)


Tri-Council and/or Affiliated Fellowships – Doctoral


Internal Deadline: September 25, 2015 (4:00pm) – This is a firm deadline. We will not accept any applications after this deadline. In addition, incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all supporting documentation has been received by the deadline.
If you are considering applying for a doctoral-level Tri-Council and/or Affiliated Fellowship, please NOTIFY me of your intention by September 7. The LFS Graduate Office will be experiencing some unexpected staffing shortages during September and October. In order to ensure adequate administrative support for this award competition, it will help us a great deal if we know in advance of your intention to apply so that we can set realistic and workable deadlines.


UBC Affiliated Fellowships:

The doctoral Affiliated Fellowship competition runs in concert with the university-adjudicated Tri-Agency (NSERC, and SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarships competitions. Students who submit an NSERC or SSHRC Tri-Agency application to their graduate program are automatically considered for open Affiliated Fellowship funding (to be considered for a criteria-based award, please submit https://www.grad.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/materials/awards_affiliated_criteria_based.pdf ).  Those applying only for Vanier or CIHR doctoral funding must submit a separate and complete Affiliated Fellowship application in order to be considered.

Updated competition information and application/reference forms are available at: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships

SSHRC and NSERC doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD):
Applicants applying through UBC will either be:

  • currently registered at (or were registered at during the year of application), or are on an approved leave of absence from, a degree program at UBC.
  • not currently registered at UBC; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have completed all of the requirements for a degree program from UBC since January 1 of this year

Both agencies have application forms and instructions online. Please see agency websites for further detail:

SSHRC: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/doctoral-doctorat-eng.aspx

NSERC: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-BelletSuperieures_eng.asp

CIHR Doctoral Applications:
Direct application to CIHR for 1 October, 2015 deadline
. Institutional signatures for CIHR doctoral research awards are obtained from the Office of Research Services: http://www.ors.ubc.ca/contents/cihr-esubmission-procedures-institutional-e-approval
CIHR: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/vwOpprtntyDtls.do?prog=2269&view=search&terms=cgs&type=EXACT&resultCount=25

Kind regards,


Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate Programs Office | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia |344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400
Lia.maria@ubc.ca / lfs.gradapp@mail.ubc.ca