Doctoral Examination Deadlines for August Program Completion


The first of four doctoral examination deadlines for students looking to complete their program by the end of August 2016 is approaching. If there are students in your program who may be planning a final examination this summer then we ask that you make them aware of these upcoming deadlines:

  • Friday, April 22, 2016 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.
  • Friday, August 19, 2016 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – Acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students who meet the above deadlines will be eligible to have their programs closed by August 31, 2016 and to participate in the fall 2016 graduation ceremony. Students hoping to have their degrees granted in September 2016 must consult our website for the relevant deadlines.

Please be aware that these deadlines are later than the ones posted in the Academic Calendar. As noted in a previous message, we have lifted the August oral defence blackout on a trial basis for 2016. The deadlines above, as well as those posted our website, take into account the possibility of an August oral defence date.

I do wish to offer a note of caution about these new deadlines. Submitting a dissertation to our office for final examination on June 17th will normally result in a narrow oral defence window in early/mid August. Finding a date and time that works for all required examiners within this timeframe will almost certainly not be possible for all students. Students are encouraged to discuss their proposed examination timelines with their supervisory committees as soon as possible. Students counting on an August oral defence date who fail to make the appropriate arrangements with their committee members well in advance may find themselves unable to meet their desired deadline for program completion. We will be unable to offer leniency in the final submission deadline under those circumstances.

The deadlines for students aiming for July oral defences will be earlier than those noted above. These students should use our Doctoral Examination Planning Tool and Checklist and/or consult with the Doctoral Exams Office ( to determine the relevant deadline for each stage in the examination process.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,


Jenn Fletcher
Doctoral Exams Coordinator | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 822 3989 | Fax 604 822 5802
201 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2

The Boston Consulting Group: UBC Bridge to BCG Connection Event


Here at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers we are collaborating with the Boston Consulting Group to put on an Info Session for PHD Students on March 21, 2016.  Please pass the information below to students who may be interested in attending the session. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Michael More at


Dear PhD, Postdoctoral, MD, and JD students,

I hope you are having a productive semester! As a graduate student, it was about this time of year that I found myself thinking about what life after the PhD might look like.

My name is Cory Kaplin and I am a McGill graduate (PhD – Materials Engineering, 2014) and a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Since I recently made the transition from academia to consulting, I’d like to share my experience and answer some common questions that advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, or JDs) have about consulting and BCG in particular.

What is management consulting?

We specialize in helping companies overcome their biggest challenges, like reacting to disruptive technologies or entering new businesses. An external perspective allows us to come up with creative and impactful solutions. I think of this as similar to my experience researching aerospace alloys, where I found it helpful to “talk it out” with bright, intelligent people (frequently other graduate students).

What do consultants actually do?

I’m responsible for owning a piece of our client’s problem.  As an example, I recently helped a major European consumer services firm craft their strategy for entering Canada. My role was to develop all the consumer-facing aspects of the strategy, from managing consumer surveys and interviews to planning marketing and sales.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I flew to Toronto to meet with the head of international projects. She and I worked side-by-side on the marketing plan we would recommend to the VP of business development later in the week.

That night we explored the city, taking the clients for dinner at a locally renowned restaurant, and following it up with a hockey game!

Can a consultant really have an impact?

Yes!  On each of my cases I have felt like BCG delivered incredible client impact and that I contributed to that impact in a significant way. For the market entry, we developed the plan for a major international expansion of our client, which they are currently executing.

What does BCG look for?

Strong candidates are smart, capable, and possess strong leaderships skills.  We derive your “smarts” through your academic achievements (grades and test scores) as well as your ability to communicate the impact of your research to a broader audience.  We want to hear about the capabilities you have developed from your experience both inside and outside the classroom or laboratory. What difficult things have you accomplished in the past?

What is Bridge to BCG?

Bridge to BCG is a three day workshop for advanced degree candidates being held this summer and will allow participants to test drive consulting and:

ü  Find out about consulting and get to know BCG

ü  Participate in a realistic case team experience

ü  Learn from BCG’s thought leaders

ü  Meet BCG consultants and other students during social and educational events

If you are interested in learning more about the work we do at BCG and meeting ADC employees, please join us Monday, March 21st for a Connection Event. We will also be talking about our summer workshop opportunity called Bridge to BCG.


1:00 pm

UBC Campus

Please register to attend using the link below:



11:59 pm

Please apply to the Bridge to BCG program using the link below:


Kind regards,
Canada Recruiting
The Boston Consulting Group

Call for Applications – UBC Sustainability Scholars (Paid Internship Opportunities)


The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is pleased to be offering more funded internship projects for summer 2016 – open to UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines. 

We would greatly appreciate if you could please circulate the details provided below to the graduate students across LFS programs, as appropriate.  

Further information on the 17 available internship projects can be found at our website: 

Applications close 11:59pm Tuesday 22nd March 2016. 

Call for Applications – UBC Sustainability Scholars (Paid Internship Opportunities) 

The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is pleased to once again offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded sustainability internship projects for summer 2016. 

USI is currently accepting applications for 17 internship projects, offered in collaboration with various on and off campus sustainability partners. 

All current graduate students at UBC Vancouver – regardless of academic discipline – are eligible to apply.  

Successful candidates will work under the mentorship of the partner organization, and are immersed in real world learning, applying their research skills to help advance sustainability in the community. Each Scholar will receive $5000 to complete 250 hours (part-time) project work between May 2nd and August 12th 2016.  

For more information on the 17 available projects and to apply, visit:  

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

Katie Dolling
Program Manager | UBC Sustainability Initiative
The University of British Columbia
Room 2346, 2260 West Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 822-4693 | |


Thesis Defense – PhD – AANB


UBC, Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of PhD in AANB

Inez Joanna MAKOWSKA

“Understanding the Welfare of Rats Living in Standard versus Semi-Naturalistic Laboratory Environments” 

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 04:00pm Room 200, Graduate Student Centre 

Chair: Dr. William Cheung (Zoology)

Supervisory Committee
Dr. Daniel M. Weary, Research Supervisor (Applied Animal Biology)
Dr. Kenneth Craig (Psychology)

University Examiners:
Dr. Thomas Sullivan (Forestry)
Dr. Peter Arcese (Forestry)

Everyone is welcome!



Classroom Climate workshop – Supporting Indigenous Students at UBC – March 15, 2016, 1-3PM


Aboriginal Initiatives at CTLT is excited to announce this upcoming workshop in our Classroom Climate Series.

Event Title: Supporting Indigenous Students at UBC

Description: How often do you interact with Indigenous students? More than you think. Faculty member’s ability to work with Indigenous students greatly influences student success. Through a presentation of case studies participants will:

    • Discuss strategies, experiences, and best practices that can be incorporated into your classroom environment.
    • Identify on-campus supports and resources available for Indigenous students and how acute responses to student needs can increase successful outcomes.
    • Challenge our thinking and assumptions about decolonization.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 15 at 1-3PM

Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Facilitator: Karlene Harvey, Academic Advisor Aboriginal Student Affairs Faculty of Arts

Karlene joined Aboriginal Student Affairs as an Academic Advisor in 2015. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She offers both cultural and academic support to students. She is of First Nations descent from the Okanagan, Carrier, Kootenay and Tsilhqot’in nations.

CLICK HERE for event details and registration link.  We’re looking forward to seeing some of you at the workshop!

Janey Lew

Educational Developer, Indigenous Initiatives |

Sessional Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies|

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Territory