Want to be Seen?

Volunteer for a GSS Photo Session

Your GSS is looking for graduate student volunteers to be photographed in a staged photo session with a time commitment of about 30 minutes. These photos will be used to generate awareness and interest in the GSS and its council meetings. 

The photo session will be held as follows:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

3pm-6pm (or an alternate time that works with your schedule)

Michael Kingsmill Forum, The Nest

To sign up or for more information, please email:


GSS Catch Up

The struggle for housing in Vancouver is a challenge for every UBC graduate student

Off and on-campus housing for UBC students has the lowest rental vacancy rate in Canada. Tell us about your struggle to find peace of mind in this broken market.

My Housing Story is an initiative run by the GSS at where your voice can be heard, where graduate students can tell their story about their experiences fighting for space at UBC and in the Vancouver community.
Your Story – the story of UBC graduate student – has the power to move hearts and minds. It can drive the construction of new student housing on and around campus. It can enable the construction of higher density housing and it can bring peace of mind to graduate students at UBC for years to come.

To share your housing story or for more information on the My Housing Story campaign, please visit:


GSS Events & Programming

Summer Sports League

Registration deadline (teams & athletes): May 19, 2017

Summer is the time for an outdoor GRADventure! Dig out your cleats, gather your teammates, and build team spirit at the annual GSS Summer Sports League!

The winners will have their team name engraved on the GSS Team Sports Trophy, so sign up now!

Registration deadline (teams & athletes): May 19, 2017

To register and for more information, please visit:

GSS Events Calendar

Important: Doctoral Examination Deadlines for Fall Graduation


Summer session is only just beginning but it’s already time for doctoral candidates to start thinking about examination timelines for fall graduation. If there are students in your program who may be aiming to graduate in November 2017 then we ask that you make them aware of these deadlines: 

·         Friday, June 2, 2017 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

·         Friday, July 28, 2017 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.

·         Friday, September 29, 2017 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.

·         Friday, October 20, 2017 – Last day for acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Students who are hoping to make Fall 2017 Graduation but are concerned about their ability to meet any of the above deadlines should contact the Doctoral Exams team as soon as possible at 

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

·         Final Doctoral Examination Guide

·         Doctoral Deadlines

·         Doctoral Examination Planning Tool and Checklist

·         Navigating Your Doctoral Exam slides and webinar recording



Jenn Fletcher  MSc
Doctoral Exams Coordinator
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean and Vice Provost
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
201 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 3989 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @UBCGradSchool

Volunteer 25th May – Marine Connections Youth Outreach project


Volunteer for the Let’s Talk Science Marine Connections Project

Let’s Talk Science UBC, in conjunction with the Vancouver Aquarium and Sigal Balshine from McMaster, is running a one-day scientific outreach event for two Surrey secondary school classes from schools identified as having a high percentage of disadvantaged youth.

This event is completely free for the participating schools and their students (otherwise they couldn’t afford it!).

Project Aims: to show these kids how fantastic science is. We want to demonstrate that science is much more than just sitting in a lab with a white coat and a pipette and that scientists are awesome people like you!!  We want them to learn how valuable the natural environment around them is and why science is so important and relevant to understanding and conserving it!

Project Details: The high school students (60 in total) will be taken to an active scientific research site (Crescent Beach, White Rock), to do marine ecology activities.This beach is a spawning ground of the fish, plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus). At low tide nesting males are easily accessible for study and observation.

These fun, interesting and engaging activities that will not only excite the students, but also teach them about evolution, ecology, conservation in BC and how real science research is conducted.


Call for Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out on the day. Knowledge of aquatic biology and ecology an asset but not necessary.  Full training will be provided

Who: Students (undergrads and graduates), post-docs and staff!

Date: Thursday 25th May 2016

Time: 10 am – 3pm (Lunch will be supplied for volunteers.)

Location: Crescent Beach, White Rock. Carpooling will be available. All transport costs will be reimbursed.

Training: Friday 19th May 2-4pm at the Vancouver Aquarium

Volunteer Role: The high school students will be split up into groups of 5 and will rotate through ecology stations on the beach. Your main role will be accompanying one group of students and running each station with them.

Email Ruth at if you are interested or have any questions

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

Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for June 24, 25 July 2 2017 Grad ISW


Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) June 24, 25, July 2 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.  

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the June 24, 25, July 2 ISW, please go to the following link and sign-up: h 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.

 Grad ISW FAQs

Grad ISW_registration_process

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

G+PS Workshop: StrengthsQuest with Career Planning


There is still space in next week’s Know your Strengths, Explore your Options, Design your Career

Students will receive a code to complete their online StrengthsQuest assessment.  During the workshop we will explore how participants’ 5 strengths can help in planning for success in graduate school and beyond.

Wednesday, May 24th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

For further information or to register, visit


Check out for other opportunities including:

CPhysGS Careers Night: Wed, May 17th, 6:30 PM.  Includes 14 professionals from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, science communication, higher education, science policy, intellectual property and government research

ECOSCOPE NSERC-CREATE funding opportunity.  Apply by June 1, 2017 (1 year funding for Masters, 2 years funding for PhDs)

Graduate Research Fellowships for Fieldwork in/related to Asia – Call for Applications – DUE MAY 17

Please let me know if you have questions. 

 2017-05-24-grad_pathways_success-Strengths, Design, Success

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