Brand New GSS Summer Sports League Served Up This Season!

Team registration opens until July 1, 2016.

When and Where

Games will run on Tuesdays, July-August, 2016, 6-9pm, at Spanish Banks.

Get ready to bump, set and spike because the GSS is bringing a Beach Volleyball League to graduate students across UBC! Held at the scenic Spanish Banks East volleyball courts, this summer sport is sure to be a highlight of the summer. Held on weekday evenings, grab your friends and come on down!

Make a night out of it – bring your picnic blankets, bbq’s and speakers!

The GSS provides the nets, balls, and court markers.


  • League is limited to 8 teams, min. of 6 and max. of 15 players per team
  • No uniforms required
  • Please note: you must register with a team, we do not place individuals on teams

Trophies awarded for Overall Champion, Best Dressed Team, Best Beach BBQ, and more!

League information & team sign up

GSS Catch Up

Job Op: GSS Advocate

The GSS needs you! Become a GSS Advocate and provide support fellow UBC graduate students who encounter academic, social, or personal issues; advocate directly on their behalf to UBC administration and faculty, and connect them with the appropriate campus resources.

Application deadline: June 19, 2016

Job details & how to apply

Application for 2016-17 LFS Major Departmental Awards – OPEN


I have just posted the 2016-17 “Major” (Greater Than $10,000) LFS Departmental Awards application and instruction package on our website and Grad Office blog.

If you intend on submitting an application, please let Lia know by email ( by Friday, July 1st.  This really helps us plan workload, get a head start of preparing transcripts, etc.

Please note that the application deadline is Friday, July 8th.  This is a firm deadline and includes supporting documentation (reference letters), so please be sure to let your referees know that the deadline for the Grad Office to receive reference letters is 4:30 pm Friday, July 8th.

The 2016-17 Values of our Major LFS Awards:

  • Leonard S KLINCK Memorial Fellowship – up to $11,600.00
  • Mary and David MACAREE Fellowship – up to $49,850.00
  • Elizabeth R HOWLAND Fellowship – up to $38,250.00

Please also note that the list of 2015-2016 LFS Departmental Awards and winners has also been posted on our website.  Last year, we assigned almost $280,000 in LFS Departmental Awards!

Thesis Defense – PhD – Food Science


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Final Oral Examination for the Degree of PhD in Food Science

Venkatrao KONASANI

“Structure-Function Studies of Processing alpha-Glucosidase-I” 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 09:00am
Room 203, Graduate Student Centre 


Chair:  Dr. Lawrence McIntosh (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) 

Supervisory Committee:         

Dr. Christine H. Scaman, Research Supervisor (Food Science)
Dr. Zhaoming Xu (Food Science)

University Examiners:
Dr. Keith Adams (Botany)
Dr. Stephen G Withers (Chemistry)

Video Contest; Only three weeks to go!


There are only three weeks left for video submissions for the IUFoST Student Video Competition.   Please make sure you don’t miss the deadline on JULY 5th for the chance to win. Prizes include $1000 (USD), $500 (USD), $100 (USD) and an invaluable opportunity to impress international experts in food science and technology, with an exclusive premier of the winning video at the IUFoST 2016 World Congress. 

Best of luck! We look forward to seeing your video!

As you may be aware, IUFoST is running a video contest for students in conjunction with the 2016 IUFoST World Congress in Dublin. We are hoping to get many entries for this exciting competition, as it will showcase how food science and tech are benefitting communities around the world, from the unique perspective of a student-generated video. We have great prizes, but more importantly, this a plum opportunity for a budding food science student to impress attendees of the Congress with an exclusive premiere of their winning entry.

(Details and rules can be found here: )

The  reason for my note is two fold:

1) Would you please consider promoting this contest and encouraging submissions through your contacts at UBC and elsewhere?  Any student over 18 is eligible. We would be very grateful.

2) We are promoting this contest through our social media accounts, including Twitter (which I curate). With your permission I would like to include some quotes from you in the posts: They are as follows:

“We can’t wait to see the #videos. Our judges are excited to see the entries!” IUFoST Pres. R. Yada…

“We are very much looking forward to showcasing the #videos at the @IUFoST2016 Congress” R.Yada, IUFoST President

IUFoST President, R.Yada:”There are many excellent entries for our #student #video competition:No clear winner yet!”

Please let me know if you are comfortable with these posts. I will not publish them until I hear back from you.

Thank you very much for your support of this contest! I am happy to answer any additional questions you may have.  We are very excited and eagerly anticipate viewing the entries.

Susanna Rosebush
IUFoST Social Media


Graduate Pathways to Success: Volunteer and Employment Opportunities (GSS, Wellness, Orientation)


Many new workshops for July and the fall have recently been posted.  Check out our upcoming sessions including Essentials of Productive Teams (July 6th) and Financial Literacy (July 7th) and more at 

Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation

The main new graduate student orientation will take place on Thursday, September 1st  with other orientation activities scheduled through early September . Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies along with the Graduate Student Society and International Student Development will have several orientation-related volunteer positions to be filled.

Applicants must be current UBC Graduate Students in their 2nd year or later to apply. If you are interested, please send an email to:  We will provide specific information on volunteer positions once the event schedule is finalized.

Wellness Outreach, under UBC Student Health Service, is currently recruiting Graduate Wellness Peers!

The application deadline is June 30th, 2016. For questions please email

Using a peer-to-peer approach, the Graduate Wellness Peers enhance campus wellbeing by contributing a graduate student lens to the larger university commitment to enhance student mental health and wellbeing. This includes working at the UBC Wellness Centre in a student support and education role and providing workshops and outreach to the graduate student population at UBC. As a Wellness Peer you will gain practical and transferable skills in health education and promotion, leadership, facilitation, collaboration and partnership building. To view the full posting, visit: .

The Graduate Student Society is hiring:

Interim VP University and Academic Affairs: (position is June 28-Aug 31; applications due June 14th)

GSS Advocate: Applications due June 19th

Qualitative Data Analyst: GSS Harassment and Discrimination Committee (volunteer position):

Thank you, Jacqui.

Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |