LFS Community Meeting


LFS Community Meeting

The next Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff, and students will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm in FNH 40.   Coffee and cookies will be provided. Please mark your calendars.

New thesis requirement: Lay abstract


At the last Graduate Council meeting on March 9 2017 the Council approved a new requirement for theses and dissertations: a lay abstract, maximum 150 words. It will follow the scholarly abstract in the preliminary pages of the thesis and will explain the key goals and contributions of the scholarly work in terms that can be readily understood by the general public. The thesis requirements on the G+PS website will be updated shortly. 

I have attached the proposal that was approved which includes a rationale for the proposed change.

 lay abstract

The lay abstract will remain optional until the end of April 2017. After May 1, it will be mandatory. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Kind regards, 


Max Read
Associate Director, Student Academic Services
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 0283
max.read@ubc.ca | http://www.grad.ubc.ca


Rationale for Proposed Change:  It is important that students be able to communicate effectively their research/scholarly contributions to a general audience. It is common for research ethics boards to require abstracts or research summaries that are accessible for the lay public. Funding agencies, as well, typically require grant and fellowship proposals and project reports to include a lay abstract; some academic journals require it as well. University scholars must be able to communicate effectively with the communities they serve and to demonstrate the relevance of their scholarship to the public good. This is an important component of knowledge transmission and community engagement. And, finally, crafting a lay abstract provides an educational and professional development opportunity for students by ensuring they can see their work not only through the refined lens of their particular field, but also as a part of the greater knowledge of the broader community.

IIMA Summer School 2017


This is a gentle reminder to express your interest in IIMA Summer School 2017. In order to increase cooperation between our institutions, we are eager to hear good number of nominations from UBC for our Summer Programme, July 01-21, 2017. Students originally from India are also eligible to apply.

 IIMA Application form Summer School 2017

IIMA Summer School 2017

For more information about the program and the application please go through the attached Summer School flyer and application form. I kindly request you to distribute this information among all your Master leverl students. We have received very good response from various institutions and this Summer School 2017 will be a great mix of diverse students from all around the world. We look forward to receive good number of nominations from your institution too. Should you or your students have any questions or need further information, please feel free contact us at any time.  

Do let me know in case any interested student or group of students would like to have a brief phone or Skype meeting and I will connect them with our in charge Senior Manager to discuss more about IIMA Summer School 2017. 

I look forward to hear from you and to your continuous support and cooperation. 


Best regards,

Hemal Thacker

G+PS: (Re)Searching for Social Justice (PhDs Go Public)


Registration is now open for:

(Re)Searching for Social Justice, a PhDs Go Public event features 8 PhD student presentations.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017; 6:30-8:30pm, Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Learn more about the presenters here:  https://community.grad.ubc.ca/gps/event/16036 ; RSVP: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/2017_PhDsGoPublic_4/

There are still a few spaces in this week’s:

Communication Skills for Academic Researchers, Wed, April 05 | 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15953-getting-your-message-across-getting-noticed-communication-skills-academic

Business and Personal Financial Management, Thurs, April 06 | 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15849-business-personal-financial-management


Check out the community.grad.ubc.ca event calendar for other graduate student opportunities, including:

Graduate Student Peer Writing Session April 4th, 9 – 11 AM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3218

Tips and Tricks for Formatting your Thesis, April 10th 10 AM – 12 PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3081

Graduate Student Career Skills, April 10th 3 PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3194 

Check out the forum https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forums/workshops-conferences-and-events for events including:

Getting Started with Text Encoding (digital archives, digital humanities), April 21, 10 AM – 12:30 PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/3412

(ONLINE) Beyond the Professoriate (2 day career conference, May 6 and 13): https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/3387 (early bird registration until April 15th)

(ONLINE) Managing Difficult Conversations Through the Lens of Social Identity (by CIRTL), April 14, 11:30 – 1 PM PST https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/3418

Intermediate R Workshop Series, April 24 – 27 https://community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/3403 

Please let me know if you have questions.  

Thank you,

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