GRADventures: GSS Takes You Out To The Ball Game

Saturday, July 23 and August 20, 2016

7pm, Nat Bailey Stadium

Join the GSS and the Vancouver Canadians at UBC Grad Student Night Out for a Vancouver experience not to be missed.

It’s the bottom of the 9th when it comes to summer, so let’s celebrate by cheering on our local baseball team Vancouver Canadians and chowing down on roasted peanuts and the famous two foot long hot dog! There’s even a post game Fireworks Extravanganza to top off the night.

With great seats on the 3rd base line you’ll be able to see all the action as the Canadians take on their opponents. Grab your tickets today as we have a limited amount!

Photo credit: Vancouver Canadians

Event details & tickets

GSS Catch Up

GSS is Now on Meetup

Your GSS is on Meetup! Grow your network & meet other UBC graduate students through our meetup group. Become our group members at

GSS Meetup group page

GSS Programs & Events

GSS Summer Beach Volleyball League: Register Players by July 1

Tuesdays, July – August 2016, 6-9pm, Spanish Banks

Brand new GSS sports league served up this summer! Get ready to bump, set and spike!

Teams! Remember to register your players! (Team registration is full)

Athlete registration closes on July 1, 11:59pm

League info & athletes sign up

GRADventures: Seymour’s Summit Hike

Sat., Jul. 16, 8:30am-4pm

Mount Seymour Provincial Park

We’re going on a GRADventure! Summit Mount Seymour’s First Peak & reward yourselves with one of the best views of Vancouver! Includes breaks, selfies stops, and bus rides to & from the mountain.

Sign-up deadline: Jul. 12

Hike info & tickets

UBC Library Research Commons July Events Newsletter


Research Commons July Events

This July, the Research Commons brings you 1-on-1 consultations on Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, and SPSS support, along with Grad Student Writing workshops, the R Utility Belt Series, and more! Read on for workshop dates, descriptions and links to register. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 consult, please fill out our Consultation Request Form

The Research Commons is currently looking to hire 4 graduate students this fall, to assist with our Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, and Qualitative Data Analysis consultations and workshops. Application deadline: July 8.

Are you skilled in using Qualitative Data Analysis software (primarily NVivo), have the ability to learn new technologies quickly, and have a passion for collaborating and sharing research? Apply for our Qualitative Data Analysis GAA position!

Do you have a strong understanding of Thesis Formatting and Citation Management principles and software? Are you an advanced Word user with a keen eye for detail? Apply for our Thesis Formatting/Citation Management GAA position! 

1-on-1 Consultations

To request an appointment:

  1. Check the consultation schedule to find available time slots for your requested service.

Fill out the Consultation Request Form

Citation Management Support

Could you use some help with managing your citations, and compiling your bibliography? Book a 1-on-1 consultation with our Citation Management expert for help with Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero! Get tips on organizing your research, formatting bibliographies, and creating in-text citations with the click of a button! Citation Management consults are available during the following times:

  • Tuesday, 4-6pm
  • Friday, 9-11am

Data Analysis Software

Need help analysing your data? Book a 1-on-1 consultation with our SPSS expert for help with using SPSS to do your statistical analysis.  SPSS consults are available at the following time:

  • Friday, 1-2pm

Thesis Formatting Support

Could you use a bit of help with formatting your thesis? Register today for one of our weekly two-hour workshops that cover the basics of the thesis template, and useful resources for thesis writing and formatting. Summer sessions run Tuesdays at 2-4pm in Koerner 217 . Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops: Tuesday, July 5 Tuesday, July 19 Tuesday, July 26

Work Together with the R Study Group

Join the UBC R Study Group and learn how to code and collaborate with others on open science projects. Graduate students, scientists and researchers are welcome to attend weekly drop-in meetings every Friday at 1-2pm in Koerner 153. Upcoming Sessions: R Utility Belt: Fitting Data with lm and glm Friday, July 8 An intro to fitting data with R’s built-in tools. Numerical Errors & How to Deal Friday, July 15 An intro to the origin of numerical errors in any language, and how to avoid pitfalls. R Utility Belt: Making Beautiful Documents with knitr and Rmd Friday, July 22 An intro to making reports, PDFs and web documents from code and data, directly in RStudio

Copyright Summer Workshops

The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office will be holding a series of Copyright Education workshops over the summer.  Workshops will focus on author and creator rights; copyright in the classroom; copyright in the digital environment; copyright and conference presentations; and scholarly publishing, funding mandates, and open access. These workshops will be of particular interest to graduate students, faculty, instructional designers and anyone else who participates in research, scholarship and teaching at the post-secondary level. Workshops will be held in Koerner Library, Room 216.

Upcoming Copyright Workshops:
Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment

Thursday, July 7 | 10-11am Curious about what you can post on a UBC departmental website, personal blog, shared wiki space, or social media platform? This workshop will cover what to keep in mind when using other people’s copyrighted work on publicly available websites.
Copyright and the Ethics of Scholarly Publishing

Thursday, July 14 | 10-11am Have questions about plagiarism and academic integrity? What about “self-plagiarism” and “gift authorship”? This workshop will cover what you need to know to get your work out there ethically while preserving your own rights to it.
Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access Publishing

Thursday, July 21 | 10-11am Curious about managing copyright in academic publishing, locating funder open access policies, and the different options available for open access publishing? Come to this workshop to learn about these topics and more!

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Every Thursday | 12-2pm | Koerner Rm 153

UBC scholars are welcome to attend our drop-in sessions of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixeran opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research. Join us in Koerner 153, Thursdays at 12-2pm.



Co-op Posting – Climate Change Adaptation Research Co-op (Agriculture)


Just letting you know that I have a grad coop position for Sept – April. This is well paid and highly relevant (lots of climate work going on), so I am hoping you might be able to flag it in Land and Food Systems. We sent the posting to Tony Loring, Co-op Coordinator with the Forestry Faculty, but am also hoping you might get it more directly to the ag-related folks. The deadline is July 11. We are looking for a grad student, but we are also open to senior undergrads that are highly recommended.

Note that this is funded by Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, so there is a requirement that the student be returning to their studies after the coop term.

Cheers, Ian

Position: Climate Change Research Co-op/Intern      

Ministry: Agriculture

Salary: $1,661 biweekly ($23.73 per hour) (graduate level co-op)

Start/End Date: September 2016 to April 2016 (8 months)

Location: Victoria (note: please do not apply unless you are willing to be located in Victoria)

Application Deadline: July 11, 2016

This position is a unique opportunity to build understanding of the importance of agricultural climate change adaptation and to contribute to high priority policies, programs, and actions to advance climate change adaptation and mitigation in the B.C. agriculture sector.  Note that the position is located in Victoria and that no relocation expenses will be paid.  


B.C. agriculture is diverse: regionally, by commodities produced, and in terms of scale of operation. Agriculture is an important part of the lives of British Columbians and farm families, and a major economic driver in communities and the province as a whole. Climate change is already happening in B.C., and projections for the 2020s and 2050s point to significant impacts for agriculture, including excess moisture, pest outbreaks, sea level rise, and extreme weather events such as drought and flooding. For agricultural producers, climate change will result in increased management complexity, costs, and uncertainty – as well as new opportunities.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch works to enhance agrifood and seafood sector growth, competitiveness, sustainability and adaptability. The branch provides expertise and support for: innovation, domestic and international marketing, management practices that promote susatainable and productive agrifood systems, and creating and maintaining a positive regulatory climate with local government. Within the branch, the climate action team works in partnership with the agriculture industry to build the sector’s adaptive capacity and resilience.

Through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative, approximately $5.7 million in funding has been allocated over 2013 – 2018 to the climate adaptation program.  The program is industry-led and  delivered by the B.C. Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI). The program supports the development and implementation of multi-partner regional adaptation strategies in key agricultural areas of the province, and the piloting and demonstration of adaptation practices on B.C. farms and ranches. This programming is recognized across Canada as the most advanced and effective programming for agricultural adaptation to climate change.

British Columbia is currently developing a Climate Leadership Plan, and is participating in the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change.


The co-op/intern will work with leaders in the field and interface with program managers in the Ministry, with staff of the Climate Action Secretariat, and with the CAI.

They will learn about climate change and B.C. agriculture, government policy and decision making, and the Ministry’s partnership with the federal government and the agriculture industry. They will have a dynamic positive work environment with many opportunities for growth and mentorship.

The co-op will support the Ministry’s climate action team on four focus areas:

  1. Working with the B.C. Agricuture and Food Climate Action Initiative to support its delivery of regional adaptation strategies and related implementation projects, and the delivery of farm level adaptation projects.
  2. Assisting the Ministry’s climate action team, in a fully integrated way, with work on key priorities, such as: the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan; the Pan-Canadian Framework; commitments in the Minister of Agriculture’s mandate letter; and the design of the next five year federal/provincial funding arrangement (2018 – 2023), in which climate change adaptation may have a significant profile.
  3. Assisting the climate action team in its engagement with other business areas in the Ministry, the Climate Action Secretariat and research and climate action groups in B.C. and across Canada. This includes work on helping to “mainstream” climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas reduction actions.
  4. Assisting with program administration and program performance management.

Example Tasks

The following possible tasks show the type of work which may be undertaken in this position:

  • communicating climate information and program goals to Ministry staff
  • working with internal analysts to produce reports, analyses and summaries to guide the agricultural sector on the most effective means of adapting to climate change
  • reviewing, commenting on, and/or helping to develop proposals for policies and projects
  • maintaining and enhancing the climate action content on the Ministry’s website
  • organizing meetings and recording outcomes, decisions and actions
  • researching information (from the Web, libraries, external agencies and industries) on climate change adaptation and on greenhouse gas reductions on agricultural land and in the food processing chain
  • assisting with calculations, spreadsheets, and generating financial and economic estimates
  • organizing seminars on topics related to climate change and other key areas of policy focus
  • assisting with the preparation of presentations and briefing materials related to the program
  • researching climate data/projections and applicability to B.C. agriculture



The co-op must be self-motivated, work both independently and as part of a team, be flexible, creative and take initiative. To be qualified, the candidate must:

    • be enrolled in a university graduate program in agriculture, climate change, resource management, natural sciences, earth sciences, environmental studies/science, economics, planning, business, public administration, public policy, or a related field
    • have experience conducting research and analysis; strong verbal and written communication skills; and experience presenting findings through presentations and graphic/visual products
    • have proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Visio
    • have the ability to work closely with key stakeholders of the Ministry and industry
    • (preferable) have completed courses and/or have experience with climate science, adaptation to climate change, agriculture, natural resource management, economics, and policy analysis
  • (preferable) have work experience in a government setting


How To Apply:

Send a resume and a covering letter, explaining how you meet the position requirements, why you are interested in the position, and how it aligns with your planned career direction, to:

Ian McLachlan, Manager – Climate Action, Ministry of Agriculture

Email:     Tel: (250) 356-1852


Applications must be received on Monday, July 11, 2016

 RELATED RESOURCES (for more information)

 Preparing for Climate Change: British Columbia’s Adaptation Strategy (and other resources)


BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative (see risk and opportunity assessments, regional adaptation strategies, and farm adaptation innovator projects)


B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Growth Plan


B.C. Ministry of Agriculture Service Plan


Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

  • Regional Analysis Tool

  • Plan2Adapt


Annual LFS Faculty and Staff BBQ – Wednesday, July 6th


Annual LFS Faculty and Staff BBQ – Wednesday, July 6th

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00pm
FNH Building Courtyard, 2205 East Mall

RSVP to by noon on Monday, July 4, 2016

Please indicate: Omnivore, vegetarian or vegan? Let us know.

The planning committee is busy preparing for a fun and relaxing picnic, with lots of food, grilled salmon, corn-on-the-cob, hamburgers, salad, fresh fruit, drinks and of course, cake to celebrate our July birthdays!

To encourage waste reduction, everyone who brings their own cutlery, plates and cups will be entered into a draw for UBC Food Services gift cards! 

Graduate Pathways to Success: Essentials of Productive Teams + Financial Literacy


Registration is now open for:

Essentials of Productive Teams

Using team-based, hands-on, experiential learning exercises, the objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to build their ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit that meet deadlines and see results.

Wednesday, July 6 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information or to register, visit:


Financial Literacy for Your Professional Career and Personal Well Being

This workshop is an opportunity for graduate students to have an introduction to business financial management and to learn personal financial literacy concepts.

Thursday, July 7 | 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM

For more information or to register, visit:

Visit the forums to learn about other opportunities including:

QPR Suicide Prevention Training, June 28th 10 AM – 12 PM

Graduate Student Writing Group, June 29th, 3-5 PM

Writing Effective E-mails online, starting July 6th

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 |