GSS: Get Out Your Vote & Meet the Candidates


2 Million Students Matter.
You Matter.

Students: Get Ready to Vote! FAQ on the upcoming federal election and voting.

Meet the Candidates, Hosted by the GSS
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
GSS Loft (Rm. 4202 at the Nest)

Hear the candidates running in the Vancouver Quadra riding speak about their platforms and ask them your questions.

The political parties* attending are:

  • Joyce Murray, Liberal Party of Canada
  • Kris Constable, Green Party of Canada

Platform presentations will be followed by a Questions and Answers period. Tweet your questions in advance with hashtag #GSSelxn2015

* The Conservative Party of Canada and New Democratic Party have sent their regrets.

Get Out The Vote and do your part in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election:

  1. Pledge to vote onlineor text YES
    to 604-265-4706
  2. Visit our GOTV Information table: Oct. 5-6, 2015, noon-1pm, Martha Piper Plaza
  3. Volunteerwith our “Get Out The Vote” campaign to engage and encourage fellow graduate students to vote
  4. Vote at your local voting station on Oct. 19  (or an advanced poll location, Oct. 9-12)

Elections Canada: UBC Campus Office
Oct 5-8, 2015, 10am-8pm, SUB Ballroom

Register and vote (advance polling) before election day to have your vote counted in the electoral district associated with your home address. This Elections Canada office will be especially useful to students who are outside their electoral districts during the election period.

Explore how you fit in the political landscape: Don’t know which party to support? Take the survey at Vote Compass and see how your views align with those of the parties running for election.

How to Vote checklist: Check out this quick guide on voting at the upcoming Canadian federal election.

GSS Catchup

Sign up to be on the GSS Event Volunteer Roster and get updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities with your GSS. Already on our list? Please fill out the form again so we know your contact information is current. Thank you!

Next GSS Council Meeting
Thu., Oct 15, 5:30pm, GSS Ballroom

Want to get experienced working with a major student government? We will be re-seating all standing committees and are looking for graduate students to get involved. Standing committees include:

  • Academic and External Affairs
  • Code and Policy
  • Executive Oversight
  • House Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Services

For questions and to join, please email by Oct. 13.

GSS Programs & Events

GSS Lip Sync Battle
Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 7-10:30pm, Biltmore Cabaret
Prove that you are UBC’s best lip syncer! Sign up to compete as an individual, a duo or group. Faculty and staff welcome. Sign up by Oct. 11, 2015. 

Recreational Classes

Registration is still open! Sign up online by Oct. 4, 11:59pm.

French: Beginner 101 or Intermediate 102
Mondays, Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, 2015, Thea Koerner House
Beginner 101: 4-5:30pm; Intermediate 102: 2:30-4pm

Parlez-vous francais? Non? Want to? Take a class and master the French language. Note: Classes are postponed with start date TBA shortly; they will either be made up or rebated.

Mondays, Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm, 
Thea Koerner House

Yoga class is back and is open to yogis of all levels.

Skating: Learn to Skate or Figure Skating
Fridays, Oct. 9 – Nov. 20, 2015, 12-1pm, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Glide along for a fun approach to learning how to skate for adults.

Social Events

GSS Kicks it With the Whitecaps
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 7pm, BC Place
Cheer on the local Whitecaps as they battle for top standings for the Western Conference.

“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.” 
 John Mayer


– Karen, for your GSS

Thesis Defense – MSc – HUNU


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of MSc in HUNU


The effect of plant-based homestead food production with and without small-scale aquaculture on dietary intake of woman farmers and their children in Prey Veng, Cambodia

Wednesday October 7 , 2015 at  1:30 pm
Room 300 – FNH Building

Supervisory Committee
Dr. T. Green (Supervisor)
Dr. S. Barr (Committee Member)
Dr. L. Lynd (Committee Member)

Examining Committee
Dr. Y. Lamers (Chair)
Dr. T. Green (Supervisor)
Dr. S. Barr (Committee Member)
Dr. L. Lynd (Committee Member)
Dr. G. Chapman (External)

 Everyone is welcome

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at University of Michigan


The Dow Postdoctoral Sustainability Fellows Program is administered by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute to support full-time postdoctoral scholars committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions. These fellowships support a new generation of sustainability scholars who understand the necessity of collaborating across disciplines and sectors to address complex sustainability challenges. Fellowships are funded through a mix of support from the Dow program and U-M units. The program seeks candidates working on sustainability issues at the interface of the social sciences/humanities and natural/physical/engineering sciences. Fellows receive an annual stipend of at least $52,000, U-M medical and dental benefits, and access to up to $2,000/year for research and related travel.

Additional program information, including the Request for Proposals and a link to the application can be found here:

Applicants must complete an “Intent to Apply” by November 2nd, and submit their application fully by November 16, 2015. Fellowships will began in September 2016.

Questions about the program and/or application should be submitted to

Thank you,
Nicole Berg
Education Programs Specialist
Graham Sustainability Institute
University of Michigan



Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth


On behalf of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Secretariat, we are writing to ask for your help in spreading the word regarding a current scholarship opportunity being co-sponsored by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and the Forest Products Association of Canada. This year, through the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth (, $2500 will be awarded to two individuals who meet the eligibility criteria below (more information on the application requirements is provided on the website and in the attached booklet).

At this time, we are looking to get the opportunity circulated as widely as possible prior to the application deadline (October 16th, 2015), and thought you might have contacts who would be interested. Can you please pass along the information to anyone you think might have connections to potential applicants at your earliest convenience?

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Demonstrate strong academic standing; and
  2. Are currently enrolled in a post-secondary study program; and
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to their field of study beyond academics, such as volunteering or working for the forest products industry; and
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to the Aboriginal community; and
  5. Are Canadian; and
  6. Are First Nations, Inuit, or Métis; and
  7. Are between the ages of 18-30 (proof of age required); and
  8. Have not won this award in the last 3 years.

Best regards,

Michal Guzowski, MSc
Coordinator, Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS)
855E General Services Building
Department of Renewable Resources
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada    T6G 2H1
Tel: (780) 492-3599
Fax: (780) 492-4323

LFS Graduate Student Communication Survey


On behalf of Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, LFS

We are asking all LFS graduate students to take the following short survey to help us determine the communication channels that work best for you. The results of this survey will allow us to improve our processes in order to make sure you receive information that is relevant to you/your studies.  The survey should take 5-10 minutes.

Respondents will be entered in a draw to win a $50 visa gift card and an LFS swag bag.

Survey deadline is Friday, October 18th.