GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS – Pod Leader Recruitment for Let’s Talk Science!


Scientific Methods and Research Techniques (SMaRT) Program – Pod Leader Recruitment!

The SMaRT program is a joint-initiative between Let’s Talk Science and UBC Community Learning Initiative (CLI). Our aim is to enrich the scientific knowledge of Grade 5-7 elementary school students in East Vancouver schools by taking the lead on facilitating fun and engaging science experiments.

This year we will be offering the program to 18 classrooms – as such, we have space for 18 pod leaders. Each pod visits the same classroom four times throughout Jan-Apr 2018 and consists of one pod leader (grad student/post doc) + 3-5 pod members (undergrads).

What will you do as a pod leader?

Term 1: Attend 2 training sessions, receive a kit including supplies and a manual that outlines the experiments that you will facilitate, and work with 3-5 UBC science undergraduate students who will be members of your pod.

Term 2: Deliver four 1.5 hour activities to a Grade 5-7 class as a pod

Mandatory Training Sessions

You are required to attend two mandatory trainings, one with other pod leaders only and another combined with pod members. BREAKFAST will be provided for both training sessions. Below are the schedules:

Pod Leaders only: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 10AM-12PM @ Centre for Brain Health near UBC Hospital (Room TBA)

Pod Leaders + Pod Members: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 10AM-12PM @ Centre for Brain Health near UBC Hospital (Room TBA)

Please note that the visit time is a regular time slot and could be Mon-Fri between 9-10.30am, 10.30am-12pm, or 1-2.30pm. Your visit time will be on the same day of the week and at the same time of the day for each of the 4 sessions. These time slots are the actual time you will spend in class, they do NOT include travel to and from the school (budget for an hour max), 10-15 mins preparation before your visit, or clean-up after your visit.

Upon careful consideration, you can register to be a pod leader using the following Google form:


The success and effectiveness of the SMaRT program is heavily dependent on enthusiastic pod leaders and we’re excited about the possibility of partnering with you in the coming year!

Please do not hesitate to contact Trang at if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your time and help! Please let me know if you have questions. 

Kind regards,


Trang Nguyen

Science Methods and Research Technology (SMaRT) Coordinator,

UBC Let’s Talk Science

International Livestock Forum Student Opportunity – Applications Due Next Week!


4th Annual International Livestock Forum Student Travel Fellowships Available – Applications Due October 27, 2017

Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) have partnered to bring together industry experts for a multi-day event to discuss global livestock and meat production. The fourth annual International Livestock Forum (ILF) will be held in Fort Collins, CO on January 5-6, 2018, in conjunction with the NWSS in Denver, CO. As part of the ILF, a student-only program and tour will be provided for selected students on January 4th and 5th, as well as an additional day of student-only tours at the NWSS on January 7th.

The 2018 ILF will bring together industry leaders, government professionals, members of academia to discuss domestic and international livestock and food production. Fellows of the 2018 ILF will experience unique tours of some of Colorado’s top agricultural enterprises, behind-the-scenes access to the National Western Stock Show, and a full day of networking and interaction with an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and industry panelists. This is a premiere opportunity to engage in the future of international livestock and food production. 

All undergraduate and graduate students from any university around the world, pursuing a degree in Animal Science or another agricultural field, are eligible to apply for a travel fellowship to the 2018 International Livestock Forum. Twenty students will be selected for this fellowship.

Selected students will participate in the following (schedule subject to change):

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018: Welcome Reception and Industry Speaker in Denver, Colorado;
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: Industry tours and ILF kickoff ILF;
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018: Impressive lineup of keynote speakers and industry panelists followed by World-famous NWSS Rodeo;
  • Sunday, January 7, 2018: Behind-the-scenes tours at the NWSS

Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $500 voucher for fellows flying in for the ILF; $100 voucher for students driving to the ILF;
  • Four nights of lodging;
  • All meals on Friday tour day;
  • Complimentary registration for the 2018 ILF, including free meals and an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and elite industry panelists;

NWSS badge for admission during entire show; one rodeo ticket for Saturday night’s Colorado versus the World rodeo at the NWSS. 

For full consideration, fellowship applications must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, October 27th. Fellowship applications, and more information about the 2018 ILF can be found at


Jennifer Martin, Ph.D.

ILF Student Program Lead

Call for Applications, Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship

Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship
 The Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education* invites applications for The Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship.

This scholarship is open to agricultural science students from the province of Alberta. Students may be enrolled in any post‐secondary institution within or outside the province of Alberta. In 2017, two awards will be granted:

$10,000 Masters level

$16,900 PhD level

Candidates must hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence status in Canada and be enrolled in their graduate program for at least one semester beyond the application deadline.

Deadline for applications is November 10, 2017

Scholarships are awarded on the following basis, but not necessarily placed in order of importance:

1.   Academic achievement

2.   Areas of study

3.   Community Involvement

4.   Career interests

5.   Letters of recommendation

This scholarship was created by Dr. Karl C. Ivarson through a gift to the Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education and is administered by the Foundation. 2017 Application Guidelines, Application Form and Referee Form can be found at

Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education

300 Earl Grey Drive, Suite 233, Ottawa, Ontario K2T 1C1    |

*formerly the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation


Karuara (People of the River): Indigenous Amazonian Resistance Tour


My name is HyunGu and I’m a student at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry! I’m also an organizer with Amnesty International, and it’s in this capacity that I’m reaching out to you about the Karuara (People of the River): Indigenous Amazonian Resistance tour –  

Date: Monday October 23rd, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm 

Place: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC) 

The tour features Mari Luz Canaquiri, a leader of the Kukama Indigenous people who has organized resistance against pipeline plans and a massive Water Highway project on the Marañón River in Peru. Mari Luz will be speaking and the tour will also present short films and a book of Kukama origin stories illustrated by Kukama children.  

The event is free of charge! I and a group of UBC students are planning to go together, and we’d love to see the LFS grad community there!  



US visa info session for international students


US Visa Info Session

Are you planning to visit or study in the United States? Do you want to know about how to apply for a US visa? Come to attend the US Visa Info Session.  Officers from the US Consulate General in Vancouver will talk about how to apply for a US visa and related issues.


When: Wednesday, November 1, from 2 to 3 pm

Where:  Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Room 1201


Register online at


Charles Shi, MA, RCIC

Advisor | International Student Development | Student Development and Services

The University of British Columbia | International House

1783 West Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2

Phone 604 822 6519 | Fax 604 822 5099



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Charles Shi, MA, RCIC

Advisor | International Student Development | Student Development and Services

The University of British Columbia | International House

1783 West Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2

Phone 604 822 6519 | Fax 604 822 5099



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