Go Global Award for Student-Initiated International Internships – Summer 2015



This year as part of the Go Global Learning Awards, students can apply for $2000.00 to support travel and living costs associated with an independent summer internship abroad!

Students in good-standing, from any faculty, who have initiated their own summer internships related to their field of study are eligible to apply.  See the Go Global Awards website for full eligibility and application details. Contact Mathew Lyle, Go Global Advisor for Internships Abroad at go.global@ubc.ca.  Apply by Tuesday, March 24.

Join the 2015-16 Sustainability Ambassadors Team


The Sustainability Ambassador Program is part of the Social Change category of Peer Programs. This is for student leaders interested in personal, collaborative, and community engaged learning to gain greater self-knowledge while designing and actively participating in projects and initiatives that foster human wellbeing and environmental health.

Learn more and apply online at http://sustain.ubc.ca/ambassadors

Deadline for applications: Feb 10th, 2015

Kshamta B. Hunter M.A.
Manager, Advising and Student InvolvementTeaching, Learning & Research|UBC Sustainability Initiative
The University of British Columbia
2260 West Mall|Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 827 3754



Dear Graduate Students,
We’d love to get your input! Feel free to give us your feedback on the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan, or volunteer to help your GSS develop a 5-year strategic plan.
Looking for ways to liven up your campus life? Check out our upcoming Ski Trip to Cypress and other events below. Being a GSS Student Executive is also an exciting opportunity to gain valuable professional development and build essential leadership skills.

Let Your Voice be Heard

AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan Survey We’d love to hear from you! Please complete this 5-minute survey by Mon. Feb. 9, and help us evaluate the Plan’s performance and shape its future development.

GSS Student Leadership Opportunities

Volunteers Needed: GSS Strategic Planning Taskforce It’s your GSS! We are looking to appoint three grad students to help develop a strategic plan to guide the activities of the Society over the next 5 years and beyond.
UBC Graduate Student Society Workshop – Fri. Feb. 6, 5:30pm, GSS Penthouse: Learn what the GSS does for you as graduate students at UBC and what it is like to be a student executive! Info/sign up: info@gss.ubc.ca.
Grow to become a Leader and run for a GSS Student Executive position! Nomination for the GSS Elections 2015 opens February 10-26, 2015. Check our website for nomination package and the latest elections updates.

GSS Social and Recreational

Ski Trip to Cypress Sat, Feb. 21, 2015: We say Cypress, you say ‘Snow’! Join us for a cool day of skiing or snowboarding atop the snowy Cypress Mountain. Registration deadline: Fri. Feb. 13, 2015.

Coffee Social Wed, Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Ponderosa G Lounge: Meet and mingle with fellow grad students in the Faculty of Education.

Out and About

“She Inspires Me” Fri, Feb. 13, 12-1pm, UBC Kaiser 2020: Hosted by UBC Women in Engineering, this seminar is an opportunity to acknowledge and discuss the women in every day life that inspire us. All students are welcome.
7th Annual Scarp Symposium Feb. 27, 2015, UBC Graduate Student Centre: Organized by students in the School of Community and Regional Planning, this year’s Symposium is entitled “Contours and Coastlines: Deconstructing the Pacific Northwest.” Open to all students and curious urbanists.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

― William W. Purkey

– Karen, for your GSS

Invitation: 7th Annual SCARP Symposium | Contours and Coastlines: [de]constructing the Pacific Northwest


Registration is now open for the School of Community and Regional Planning’s 7th Annual Symposium, taking place on Friday, February 27th, 2015. We invite professionals, academics and students to join us for a full day of discussion on planning issues facing the Pacific Northwest.

Increasing cultural, economic and political linkages are bringing urban centres closer together in the Pacific Northwest. From evolving trends in Indigenous politics and transportation needs, to established issues of climate adaptation and housing affordability, this year’s conference will examine solutions for these challenges facing our region.

Keynote Speakers:
Sam Adams: Director of the World Resource Institute Climate Change Initiative and former Mayor of Portland
Doug White, J.D.: Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University and former Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Breakout Group Topics:
The Environmental and Social Impact of Mining on Indigenous Communities in BC
Future Visions of Vancouver Transit: Yes or No
Just Housing? Constructing an Affordable, Vibrant Vancouver
Community-Based Social Marketing for Planners: Applications Across Waste, Water and Energy
Towards Regional Resilience in the Pacific Northwest
Aboriginal Community & Youth Engagement
Transport Demand Management and Mode Shift: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Emerging Directions in Indigenous Planning
Participatory Planning and Budgeting

Registered Planning Institute of British Columbia members will be eligible for 6.75 Organized/Structured CPD Learning Units.

REGISTER NOW: www.scarpsymposium.ca
What: 7th Annual SCARP Sympsosium
When: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 8:00am-6:00pm
Where: Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver
Cost: $99 for Professionals, and $39 for Students
Contact: erika.sagert@alumni.ubc.ca

Only one week left to submit ABSTRACTS to the LFS Graduate Student Conference


Calling all LFS Graduate Students!

You have ONE WEEK left to submit an abstract to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference! NOTE: No abstracts will be accepted past 4pm on Tuesday, February 10!

You can find Abstract Submission Guidelines and other important conference information online at http://gsc.landfood.ubc.ca/registration/for-presenters/

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your research and ‘wow’ your peers and LFS faculty!

We are also looking for volunteers. Register online at gsc.landfood.ubc.ca/volunteers/

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Conference team at lfs.gsc@ubc.ca

We look forward to seeing abstracts flooding in over the next week!

All the best,
Kyly Whitfield and Theresa Schroder,
LFS Graduate Student Conference Coordinators

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council

LFS Graduate Student Conference – Poster 2015