Research Commons Workshops for November


We have been working hard to add services to the research commons that will help UBC’s graduate students even more.  At the end of October and going forward we added a new writing group that will offer feedback and support for graduate students to help them start and keep a writing habit.  This is in addition to all of our other continuing services.

Thank you for all of your help in passing this information along!

Here is the newsletter link:

With gratitude,


Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons

Volunteer Opportunity with UBC Let’s Talk Science


UBC Let’s Talk Science is looking for graduate student and Post-doc volunteers to participate in our High School Science Fair Mentorship Program

High School Science Fair Mentorship – Britannia Secondary

In conjunction with UBC’s Community Service Learning, and TREK program, volunteers will guide grade 8-10 students from Britannia Secondary School through the process of completing a science fair project. This program employs a tri-mentoring structure composed of a graduate student leader and 1-2 undergrad science students. Together, each group supervises and mentors 2-3 groups of high school students while they work on their projects. The 7 scheduled visits begin in early November and concludes in mid-February with the school-wide science fair where volunteers will act as judges. While the program requires a bit more commitment from volunteers, it is almost the most enriching. We have had students in the past proceed to further science fair competitions at the regional and national levels.

Training session will be on November 5th 2015 at 5:15-6:30pm (Food will be provided)

Visit 1: Nov 12th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 2: Nov 19th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 3: Nov 26th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 4: Jan 14th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 5: Jan 28th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 6: Feb 4th 3:30-5:00pm
Visit 7: Feb 11th (Science Fair) 1:45-5:00pm

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please email

Yoshi at or visit our website at

Tillikum Lens Photo Exhibition Opening


Tillikum Lens Photo Exhibition Opening

November 13, 2015 6:00 PM
Join us for a photo gallery opening in the Liu Lobby Gallery hosted by Tillikum Lens, a program dedicated to empower indigenous youth through digital storytelling.

Take a walk in my shoes and see the world that I see.

Join us for a photo gallery opening hosted by Tillikum Lens, a program dedicated to empower indigenous youth through image making. Photos that will be displayed were all taken by youth, with the help of experienced instructors who work with local communities and organizations to promote diverse perspectives and cross-cultural understanding

To learn more about Tillikum Lens, please read the outline.

People are drawn to different mediums for creative purposes. What we saw within our youth that took part in Tillikum Lens is they not only learned to be creative but began to witness the world around them and document it. For a young person who may not feel they have a place, or purpose in this world this is a massive realization, they became aware and, they belong to that moment. That moment they record has a story and now they are a part of it.” – Osoyoos Indian Band

Join us for an evening of creativity, stories and music celebrating indigenous youth.

Open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

Register for the event here.

Explore some of the photography:

Co-sponsored by Sony Canada, the International Sustainability Education Foundation, the Osoyoos Indian Band and Lil’wat Nation, and the Squamish Nation, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC

Amber A. Heckelman, M.A., M.S.
Ph.D. Student
Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems
University of British Columbia
Canada: (778) 683-4976
Philippines: +63 (917) 387-7307
Skype: mestizarise

Sustainability Networking Event


You are invited to Represent & Network at the Sustainability Networking Event


Date: Thursday, November 5th.

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM



Interested in connecting with other student leaders and staff members passionate about sustainability? Consider dropping by the Sustainability Networking Event to expand your network, meet like-minded individuals and learn more about sustainability initiatives at UBC over a hot lunch. Whether you are already part of the change movement on campus or you are looking for opportunities to get more involved, come represent and let’s network!



CGSM Application Available


The Fall 2015 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGSM) application is available on the Tri-Agency portal
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The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time, 1 December, 2015. 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 applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time.

Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

For any LFS Master’s level student who plans to apply for CGSM or Affiliated Fellowships – please check your eligibility before submitting an application.  The GPA required is a 1st class standing in EACH of the last 2 years of full time study. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you plan on submitting a CGSM or an Affiliated Fellowship application, please let me know by Friday, November 27th at the latest so that I can prepare your transcripts in advance.  It is your responsibility to ensure any required transcript is received by the LFS Graduate Office by December 1st.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission* to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation. Note: Applicants who are not currently enrolled in their intended graduate program must submit an application for admission by the deadline for their intended graduate program or by March 15, whichever comes first;
  • have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
  1. the master’s program for which you are requesting funding; or
  2. the direct-entry doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  3. the combined master’s-doctoral program for which you are requesting funding; or
  4. a master’s program that was or will be fast-tracked to a doctoral program, and you are requesting funding for the first 12 months of this doctoral program; and
  • not have previously held a CGS M;
  • have achieved a first-class average in EACH of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); and
  • submit a maximum of one scholarship application per academic year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC (the Research Portal will allow the application to be submitted to up to five institutions – refer to Application Procedures).

Applicants are not eligible to receive or accept a CGS M offer from an institution where they are not currently enrolled in, nor have applied for admission to, an eligible program of study.

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 the first-class average criterion.

Instructions for completing a CGSM application (including transcript requirements) are available online

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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 /