Free Statistical Consultation — UBC Department of Statistics


Free statistical consultation is available this term, from graduate students enrolled in our practicum course STAT 551, Statistical Consulting.

For more information, see the August 2016 “Project Solicitation Announcement”

and “sample project description” that appear under STAT 551 at:

We continue to accept projects until we have enough so that all STAT 551 students can fufill their course requirements.  At this stage, we still need additional projects for this term.

Thanks in advance,

John Petkau
2016-17 STAT 551 Instructor
Department of Statistics, UBC

E-mail: john at stat dot ubc dot ca

Upcoming doctoral deadlines for May 2017 graduation


The first of four doctoral examination deadlines for students looking to graduate in the May 2017 Congregation is approaching. If there are students in your program who are aiming to complete their programs this spring then we ask that you make them aware of these upcoming deadlines:

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.
  • Friday, March 24, 2017 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students who are hoping to graduate in the spring but are concerned about their ability to meet any of the above deadlines should contact the Doctoral Exams Office as soon as possible at

There is still space available in next week’s Doctoral Exam Preparation sessions (see for in-person, for webinar). Copies of the slides and a recording of the webinar will be available on our Tools for Planning page for anyone unable to attend.

Students and supervisors looking for information on the doctoral examination process will find a number of additional tools and resources on our website:


Junior Food Scientist position


We are currently looking to hire a Junior Food Scientist. We would like to offer this full time opportunity to graduates of the UBC food sciences program. We are located in Burnaby near the SFU Production Way Skytrain station. I am including a copy of our job advertisement here. Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Please submit all resumes and cover letters to:<>

Thank you,

Roger Tse


Junior Food Scientist (Food Manufacturer)

Tastemorr Snacks-Burnaby – Burnaby, BC

Job Description

We are a small but fast growing Food Manufacturer located in Burnaby, BC. We are seeking an individual to fill the position of Junior Food Scientist to assist us in the completion of customer generated and internally generated paperwork tasks related to our current and future product lines as well as food manufacturing.

The successful individual will be comfortable in their understanding of Product Specifications, Food GMPs, Quality Control, Nutritional labelling, governmental regulations, etc. There will also be some R & D tasks involved in the role. The ideal candidate will possess a willingness to learn and possess the desire to solve problems, while working independently and often unsupervised. Good working knowledge of MS Office and previous experience working in an office environment preferred. The candidate should possess decent communication and team player skills. We are willing to train the right individual, so long as there is an educational foundation in Food Science or Food Nutrition. The ideal candidate should also feel confident about negotiating with vendors and buyers and possess business acumen. Strong negotiating skills are especially desirable in this position. Starting salary will be in a range of 35-40k per year with room for advancement. Please submit resume. Feel free to reach out if you require more information.

We are a private company. NO RECRUITERS PLEASE!

Keywords: research development , R & D , R&D , r&d, r & d , quality control , qc tech, qc technician , manufacturing , specs , snacks , chips , potato , healthy snacks , distribution , UBC , BCIT , BBY , near Skytrain , Skytrain ,

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Burnaby, BC

Required education: Diploma/Certificate

Please submit all resumes and cover letters to:

Global health opportunity for students


Global Health Students and Young Professionals Pre-Conference Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13, 2016

Final reminder to register for the two day pre-conference ($50) for students and young professionals interested in global health. The event features leading global health practitioners from around the globe, including Dr. Michael Clarke (Former Director of Research on Health Equity at IDRC), Dr. Charles Larson (National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research), Dr. Rohit Ramchandani (Founder and CEO of Antara Global Health Advisors), Dr. Janet Hatcher Roberts (Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity), Dr. Donald Sutherland (Senior Advisor, Canadian Society for International Health), Dr. Mark Anserimo (Director, Centre for International Child Health, BC Children’s Hospital), Maggie Woo Kinshella (Cuso International), and more.

** Registered attendees are also invited to an exclusive consultation with our Parliamentary Secretary, Karina Gould, on November 14, 2016, to discuss Canadian youth priorities in global health.

Visit the website to view the final schedule and register before tickets sell out:

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Kind regards,

Nicola Toffelmire, BSc, MPH(c)