Doctoral Examination Deadlines for December Program Completion


With August now upon us, we would like to remind everyone that the first of four deadlines for doctoral candidates looking to complete their programs by December 31, 2017 is approaching. If there are students in your program who may be aiming to finish by the end of this year then we ask that you make them aware of these deadlines: 

·         Friday, August 25, 2017 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

·         Friday, October 13, 2017 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.

·         Friday, December 15, 2017 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.

·         Friday, January 5, 2018 – Last day for acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Students who are hoping to finish this year but are concerned about their ability to meet any of the above deadlines should contact the Doctoral Exams team as soon as possible at 

There will be an oral defence blackout in effect again this December/January. Friday, December 15th will be the last day for doctoral oral defences in 2017. Defences will resume on Monday, January 15, 2018. 

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 Info Session 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

Two course announcements Winter Term 1: Integrated and Urban Watershed Management (SOIL 515 and 516)


SOIL/LWS 515.001 Integrated Watershed Management (Online)

Watersheds are effective integrators of environmental processes; combining inherent conditions, the cumulative impacts of land use, and water management to determine the water flow and water quality conditions upon which humans and ecosystems depend.

Students will learn about water resource availability and variability,

land use impacts on water quality, cumulative effects, watershed assessments, and management strategies.


Winter Term 1

Optional weekly discussion period:

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm

MCML 154

Course website: 

SOIL 516.001 Urban Watershed Management (Online)

This course presents a comprehensive approach to urban watershed management, and covers themes such as rainwater management, drinking water, waste water, riparian bu­ffer zones and urban stream health, climate change adaptation,

and more. More than 50% of the global population now resides in cities and this number is expected to increase rapidly. This puts enormous pressure on water resources and without e­ffective conservation and water reuse, many cities will face major water challenges.


Winter Term 1

New this year – The online course will be accompanied by a bi-weekly discussion period where students can participate remotely, or face to face.

Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30 pm

ORCH 4062

Course website: 

These courses are intended for graduate students (and upper-level undergrads, with instructor permission), professionals, and community leaders interested in integrated water resource management (with a focus on urban settings in SOIL 516).

TA Positions Available


If you are interested in the following Term 1 TA position, please contact the instructor directly.  The find out when this course is scheduled, please refer to the course calendar listing here: 

FNH 300 001 – 2017 Winter Session, Term 1 (144 available TA support hours)


Answer student questions related to completion of 5 problem-set assignments per student
Mark problem sets and provide feedback to students
Assist with marking of midterm and final exam (calculation-based questions)
Perform other related duties as required (eg. assignment & marking key updates, assist with evaluation of oral student group presentations)

Education and Knowledge Requirements: Undergraduate degree in food science and thorough understanding of undergraduate-level food process science, particularly with respect to mass and energy balances and thermal food processing techniques and calculations. Senior undergraduate students who have completed FHN 300 with excellent marks may also be considered when graduate students are not available.

Skills: TA’s are expected to have a proficiency in Math. Ability to correspond effectively with the Instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about marking responsibilities. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Computer experience required (Excel preferred). Ability to correspond with students regarding questions during exams and office hours.

John Frostad

Thesis Defense – MSc – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces The Oral Examination for the Degree of MSc in ISLFS

 Martina CLAUSEN 

Evaluating field margins for wild bee conservation at the Farm – and landscape-scale

in the Agricultural Land Reserve of Delta, British Columbia” 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at  13:00 pm
Room 350 – MacMillan Building


Supervisory committee:
Dr. S. Smukler – Supervisor
Dr. E. Elle  – Committee member
Dr. S. Gergel – Committee member 

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. A. Riseman – Chair
Dr. S. Smukler – Supervisor
Dr. E. Elle  – Committee member
Dr. M. Tseng- External 


Everyone is welcome

Reminder to register: Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students at UBC, August 17



August 17, 2017, First Nations House of Learning, 12—2 pm.


Open to faculty, staff and graduate students – Only a few spots remain 

Register at: 

UBC has a stated commitment to Aboriginal education and to respect for Aboriginal knowledge and cultures, as well as a resolution to build upon the strengths of the university to more fully address the needs of Aboriginal and Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Canada, and the world. 

Within these commitments, what is our academic responsibility to Indigenous graduate students at UBC, particularly in relation to UBC’s priorities for this next century? How do we enact this responsibility across the institution? What are exemplars of success? What are key challenges? 

Join Distinguished Professor Hingangaroa Smith, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and a panel of Indigenous scholars and students, led by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, for a discussion of how to better mentor Indigenous graduate students at UBC. The panel includes Amy Parent, Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, Aurelia Kinslow, PhD student in Education, and Andrea Lyall, PhD student in Forestry.   

About the forum:

Organized by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with support from the First Nations House of Learning, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE), the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, and the Equity Enhancement Fund. 

For questions, please contact Theresa Rogers: 

Sent on behalf of Theresa Rogers.   

Melinda Johnston
Communications Manager
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 3747 | Cell 604 728 3402| @UBCGradSchool |