Call for applications / Appel à candidatures –  James M. Flaherty Programme 2017


James M. Flaherty Program
call for applications
deadline – 31 May 2017

Honoring the life and work of Canada’s former Minister for Finance, James M. Flaherty,  the objectives of this program are as follows;

  • To build on the network of academic links between Canada and Ireland, resulting in increased academic co-operation, greater inter-cultural understanding and the potential for increased trade between both countries,    
  • To support the development of excellence in research of individual scholars who have an expressed and demonstrable commitment to research in a field relating to both Canada & Ireland.

It is the aim of the Foundation to support preeminent scholars and academics who are leaders, or future leaders, in their academic or post-academic professional field, and to this end, awards are made on two levels:

If you are an established senior researcher or academic, and taking part-time sabbatical-style leave from your academic appointments, you may be eligible for the Flaherty Visiting Professorship. This award could support you making a trip as a Visiting Professor for up to twelve weeks in a university department in Canada / Ireland where you will collaborate in both research and teaching.

If you are a PhD student or post-doctoral academic in the early stages of your research career, you may be eligible for the Flaherty Research Scholarship. This award supports a short research visit of four to six weeks, and is designed to help scholars make contacts with researchers working in related research topics, with a view to widening and deepening the scholar’s research horizons, ideally leading to continued collaboration in future research.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31st of May. For more information on the Program, click here.

UBC Library Research Commons – Upcoming May Events


Research Commons May Events

The Research Commons grad student team is taking a brief spring break until mid-May. Our regular thesis formatting, data analysis software, and citation management workshops and consultations resume May 15. You can find workshop dates, descriptions and links to register below.

UBC Library branches are open during intersession. Why not take this time to connect with your subject librarian for help with literature reviews, finding subject resources, publishing research, and much more!

Systematic Review Search Methods

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. Topics include the systematic review process, framing the search question with tools like PICO, searching Medline and other databases and grey literature sources, and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.

Upcoming Workshop:

Thursday, May 4
1-3 pm
Woodward Library Computer Lab, room B25

1-on-1 Consultations

Our 1-on-1 consults resume on May 15. We can help you with Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, and NVivo.

Heading out of Vancouver this summer? Connect with us for 1-1 help via Skype!

To request an appoint, follow the steps below:

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

Fill out the Consultation Request Form.

Thesis Formatting

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

Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops:

Monday, May 30

Citation Management

Need some help when it comes to managing your citations, and compiling your bibliography? Workshops resume in June. In the meantime, you can get 1-1 help with Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero in-person or online. Get tips on organizing your research, formatting bibliographies, and creating in-text citations.

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 1pm-3pm in Koerner Library, room 217.

Upcoming NVivo Workshops:

Tuesday, May 16 | Part 1 for PC
Tuesday, May 23 | Part 2 for PC

SPSS – Statistical Analysis

Get assistance with analyzing your quantitative data – attend one of our  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 at 10am-12pm, Koerner Library, room 217.

Upcoming SPSS Workshops:

Friday, May 26 | SPSS (Part One) – Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis

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, rm 153 (starting May 16).

Upcoming Sessions:

Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday, May 30

Copyright Workshops

The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office is offering a series of weekly copyright education workshops. Topics include copyright in the classroom, copyright in the digital environment, scholarly publishing, funding mandates, open access, and more!

Workshops take place in Koerner Library, room 216.

Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, May 3 | Tri-Agency Open Access Policy – Requirements and Routes to Compliance

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 every Wednesday, 3pm-5pm, and are held in Koerner Library, room 153.

Wednesday, May 3 | Co-working Project
Wednesday, May 17 | Co-working Project
Wednesday, May 31 | Co-working Project

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

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, May 11 | Co-working Session
Thursday, May 18 | TimeLine Curator | InfoVis Group
Thursday, May 25 | Text Analysis using Voyant Tools

Graduate Programs: Waitlist Registration now OPEN for June 19, 20 22 2017 Grad ISW


Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) June 19, 20, 22 2017..  The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.   The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. 

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must be able to attend all three days, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.  Please find attached the policy for registering in an ISW and an FAQ sheet. 

 Grad ISW FAQs

Grad ISW_registration_process

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the June 19, 20, 22 2017 Grad ISW, please go to the following link and sign-up: Waitlist registration will close on Friday at 4:30pm. By clicking this link, you can register for the waitlist, however this does not register you for the workshop. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted directly by our office. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Elissa Morris 
Events Assistant | Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver
214-1961 East Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871| | @UBC_CTLT

Graduate Pathways to Success: How to Thrive in Spite of Impostor Syndrome (in person and via video to UBC-O, VGH)


Open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as to the faculty and staff who advise them:

Why Capable Suffer From Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Thursday, May 18, 9:30AM to 11:30AM

In person @ Life Sciences Institute and via videoconference to UBC-Okanagan and Diamond Health Care Centre

By internationally known guest speaker Dr. Valerie Young
For further information or to register, visit
Offered with support from the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment and Women-in-Science initiatives at and UBC Wellbeing


Check out calendar and forums for other graduate student opportunities, including:

2017 Create Carbon Capture Initiative Conference, May 8-10 @UBC
Graduate Student Career Skills,
May 17, 4:00PM
Employer on Campus: Southwest University (China),
May 17, 5:30PM

Job postings:

Part-time summer position: Graduate Academic Assistant – Advising Researcher

The BC Centre On Substance Use At St. Paul’s Hospital Is Hiring!

Office Manager, Centre for Blood Research;

Education Program Manager, Centre for Blood Research;

CiTR and Discorder are hiring summer students 

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 | @ubcgradschool