UBC Library Research Commons – Upcoming April Events


Research Commons April Events

We hope everyone has a smooth and stress-free month with exams, marking, and end-of-term wrap ups. If you find time this month, make sure to join our regular workshops on Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, NVivo and SPSS. Also don’t miss the R Study Group, Grad Writing Community weekly meet ups, and our Intro to TEI workshop this month!

Find workshop dates, descriptions and links to register below.

Getting Started with TEI

This workshop will introduce you to text encoding in the context of digital archives and digital humanities. After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of text encoding for digital humanities
  • Illustrate applications of TEI
  • Explain what the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is
  • Describe the main components of the TEI-XML scheme
  • Apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor

Find online resources to continue learning about TEI and text encoding for digital humanities

Date: Friday, April 21

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Koerner Library, Rm 216


1-on-1 Consultations

1-on-1 consults are available for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, and NVivo.

To request an appoint, follow the steps below:

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

Fill out the Consultation Request Form..


Thesis Formatting Support

Thesis Formatting

Thesis formatting can be tricky – we’re here to help. Register today for one of our bi-weekly 2-hour workshops that cover the basics of the thesis template, and useful resources for thesis writing and formatting.

Sessions run bi-weekly at 10am-12pm in Koerner Library, room 217

Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops:

Monday, April 10 Monday, April 24

Don’t forget to also check out our Thesis Formatting resources, including templates and guides!


Citation Management

Need some help when it comes to managing your citations, and compiling your bibliography? Join our weekly Citation Management workshops for help with Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero! Get tips on organizing your research, formatting bibliographies, and creating in-text citations.

Workshops run weekly at 9am-11am in Koerner Library, room 217.

Upcoming Citation Management Workshops:

Tuesday, April 4 | RefWorks Tuesday, April 11 | Zotero Tuesday, April 18 | Mendeley Tuesday, April 25 | RefWorks


NVivo – Qualitative Analysis

Improve your research results and gain new insights into your data by learning to use NVivo, a powerful qualitative data analysis software. Workshops are offered separately for PC and Mac users, and there are two levels of workshops: introductory (part 1), and intermediate (part 2).

Workshops are held weekly at 1pm-3pm, in Koerner Library, room 217.

Upcoming NVivo Workshops:

Tuesday, April 4 | (Part 1) for PC Tuesday, April 11 | (Part 1) for Mac Tuesday, April 18 | (Part 2) for PC Tuesday, April 25 | (Part 2) for Mac


SPSS – Statistical Analysis

Get assistance with analyzing your quantitative data – attend one of our weekly SPSS workshops where our student experts will get you acquainted with using SPSS for your statistical analysis. Workshops are offered at two levels: introductory (part 1), and intermediate (part 2).

Workshops on Thursdays at 10am-12pm, Koerner Library, room 217.

Upcoming SPSS Workshops:

Thursday, April 20 | (Part 1) Thursday, April 27 | (Part 2)


Multi-Disciplinary Grad Student Writing Community

Writing your thesis can be hard, but writing regularly and being part of a writing community can help – you can do both at our weekly meetings! Each session is facilitated by a Peer Writing Consultant from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication.. Weekly sessions run Tuesdays at 1pm-3pm in Koerner Library, room 153.

Upcoming Sessions:

Tuesday, April 4


R Study Group

Join the UBC R Study Group and learn how to code and collaborate with others on open science projects. All graduate students, scientists and researchers are welcome!

This semester, the R Study Group will be co-working on a group project, and honing skills in Shiny, Leaflet, API, and time series analysis. Their other sessions this term included Advanced R, and various Utility Belt sessions.

Sessions will run Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm, and are held in Koerner Library, room 153. Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, April 19 | Co-working Project Wednesday, April 26 | Advanced R


Check the R Study Group Calendar of Events for the full list of upcoming sessions.


Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Our Pixelating DH Mixer is back! The Mixer is an 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.

Weekly workshops take place Thursdays at 12pm-2pm, in Koerner Library, room 153.

Upcoming Sessions:

Thursday, April 6 | Database of Religious History Thursday, April 13 | Co-Working Session Thursday, April 20 | Day of DH Thursday, April 27 | Co-Working Session


Nature Masterclasses

Wondering what it takes to get published in top journals? Do you have questions about the scientific writing process? And what happens to your paper after submission anyway? Nature Masterclasses is a series of 15 online training modules from the editors of Nature that covers topics on the full publishing process from Planning and Writing to Submitting to Publication. Now available to all UBC students, faculty and staff.

Thesis Defense – MSC – AABI


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces 

The Oral Examination for the Degree of MSc in AANB 

Courtney GRAHAM 

Exploratory behaviour in laboratory zebrafish: potential benefits of exploring the unknown

Monday, April 10, 2017, at 12:30pm
Room 350, MacMillan Bldg

Supervisory Committee

Dr. N. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor

Dr. D. Pauly – Committee member

Dr. D. Fraser– Committee member


Defense Committee

Dr. R. Cerri – Chair

Dr. N. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor

Dr. D. Pauly – Committee member

Dr. J. Richards – Extenal

Everyone is welcome!



Thesis Defense – PhD – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of PhD in ISLFS


Suvaporn PHASUK

“Modeling the Behavior of Labor Migration in Thailand:

Does the Wage Play an Important Role in Labor Migration”


Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:15 am

Room 200, Graduate Student Centre

                   Latecomers will not be admitted




Dr. Patrick Francois (Economics)


Supervisory Committee:

Dr. Richard R. Barrichello, Research Supervisor (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

Dr. Sumeet Gulati (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)


University Examiners:

Dr. James Vercammen (Business Administration)

Dr. Sanghoon Lee (Business Administration)

Everyone is welcome!

Funding Opportunity – Strengthening Mothers through Perinatal Research Award


 Graduate students who are registered in any UBC graduate program are eligible to apply for this award.

A $1,500 award is offered annually by Beverley O’Brien for graduate students pursuing research into woman-centered, holistic and physiologic maternity care. Beverley O’Brien is a UBC Nursing alumna, Professor Emerita in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing, and a Registered Midwife. There is a strong preference for this award to go to a nurse or midwife pursuing graduate work. The focus of the graduate work must be on strengthening mothers through the development of research evidence.

For full details about eligibility and application process, please see https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/strengthening-mothers-through-perinatal-research-award

The application deadline is April 15, 2017.

ECOSCOPE Information Session



I was hoping you could circulate this information about the ECOSCOPE Information Session to the Land and Food Systems Graduate Community.

ECOSCOPE also has an Intermediate R Workshop taking place on April 24, 25 and 27. The link to register is: http://ecoscope.ubc.ca/events/intermediate-r-programming-workshop-series/


Thank you so much,

Mandeep Nahal, MM 

ECOSCOPE Program Manager


The University of British Columbia

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Life Sciences Institute

2505-2350 Health Sciences Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


email: mandeep.nahal@ubc.ca

website: ecoscope.ubc.ca