Mitacs funding for collaborative international research


Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2016, at 5 p.m. PST. 

For students in Canada to do research abroad: 

o    Open to senior undergraduate and graduate students

o    12-week projects at one of seven Indian Institutes of Technology

o    $5,000 award and a local grant equivalent to $5,000


o    Open to graduate students

o    12- to 24-week projects at an Inria Research Centre in France

o    $5,000 award and a monthly stipend


o    Open to senior undergraduates and graduate students

o    12- to 24-week projects at accredited universities in Tunisia

o    $7,000 award


For students in France to do research in Canada: 

o    Open to PhD students at Inria Research Centres in France

o    12- to 24-week research projects at Canadian universities

o    $5,000 award, a PhD stipend, and airfare


To learn more, visit the Globalink web page or contact Mitacs International at

Next deadline: Mitacs-JSPS Internship applications are due January 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. PST.

Coming up: the Mitacs Elevate call for proposals opens on February 3, 2016.

The 3rd annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference


” The 3rd annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is currently accepting abstracts for our one-day conference on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. This conference will include a plenary address, and both poster and oral presentations with associated competitions with cash awards.

All graduate students within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are eligible to present any part of their research. Whether you are preparing to defend, or are just getting started and would like to give a proposal presentation, the floor is yours!

Participation in this event is an ideal way to hone your presentation skills in an open academic environment, prepare for other conferences, and add to your CV. Come share your research alongside other graduate students in our diverse faculty with professors and students from across campus.

More information on this conference, as well as Abstract Submission and Conference Registration is available online at

Abstracts are due by midnight on Sunday, February 7th at midnight.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at

The last newsletter had only single sentences, so I wasn’t sure if I was allowed more than one sentence.

If this is alright then I’d go with the above instead



John Dupuis
Department of Food Science
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia

Volunteers wanted: Let’s Talk Science Marine Connection Project


Call For Volunteers: Marine Connections Project Planning Committee

Let’s Talk Science at UBC got a grant from the UBC Centennial fund to run a one-day scientific outreach event for high school kids.  This is being run in conjunction with Sigal Balshine from McMaster University.

In May 2016 we will take two high school classes to an active research site in White Rock BC where they will learn about ecology of marine communities and conduct some research of their own.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the project planning committee. This committee will be involved in the organization, volunteer recruitment and management, liaising with the teachers, working with partner organizations etc. Great way to have fun, gain experience and meet new people. No experience necessary! If you are interested or have any questions please email Ruth

For more details check out our website

— Ruth Sharpe
Executive Coordinator, UBC Let’s Talk Science
University of British Columbia
Brock Hall Annex, Room 2357B1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

MFRE Seminar Series – January 22


MFRE is hosting a seminar series: MFRE Resource & Environment Speaker Series and would like to invite you!

The next seminar is on Friday, January 22nd:

Speaker: Shaun Strobel, Product Director at Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

Location: Room MCML160, Time: 3:30 to 5pm

Find out more about the guest and the series here:

Best regards,


Gabrielle Ménard, MFRE

Academic Coordinator

Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)


UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems

Suite 321-2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops: Productive Teams and Business Writing


Registration is now open for:

Essentials of Productive Teams (in partnership with Mitacs Step)

Brief description: Using experiential learning exercises, this workshop is an opportunity to build on your ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit.

January 27th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: For further information and to register, visit

Business Writing for Today’s Professional (in partnership with Mitacs Step)

Brief description: Business writing is an essential skill for today’s professional. Refining and updating your writing skills will help keep you, your work, and your projects relevant and competitive.

January 28th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: For further information and to register, visit

There is still space in this week’s sessions:

Submitting your Thesis

In-person, January 19th, 9:00 – 10:15 AM: For further information and to register, visit

Via webinar, January 19th, 1:00 – 2:15 PM: For further information and to register, visit
Doctoral Exam Preparation

In-person, January 19th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: For further information and to register, visit

Via webinar, January 19th, 2:30 – 3:45 PM: For further information and to register, visit

Copyright for your Thesis: How to Use Images and Other Material
January 19th, 12:30 – 2:00 PM: For further information and to register, visit

Managing the Research Enterprise Intensive

January 22nd and February 5th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM: For further information and to register, visit

Visit for other graduate student workshops and events including:

Graduate Student Writing Group Workshop, Jan 25th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Koerner Library RM 216:

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Visit for events and other information, including:

Coming Together at the Intersections: Sexualized Violence in our Communities, Jan 20th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Izzy Mac Ballroom, Walter Gage Residence

Please let me know if you have questions.


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 |