Free Statistical Consultation for Graduate Students and Post-docs


The UBC Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via SOS, STAT 551 and STAT 450/550, as follows.

§  SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students):  accepted year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate student 

§  STAT 551:  accepted for consulting in Term 1 only,  open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; may be possible to still squeeze into term 1 2017-18

§  STAT 450/550:  accepted for analysis in Term 2 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 450/STAT 550 mentored by faculty;  accepting projects for term 2 2017-18 from Nov 9 – Jan 15

For more information, please see:

Andrea Sollberger
Student Services Coordinator
Department of Statistics| The University of British Columbia
3182 Earth Sciences Building| 2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

The Department of Statistics is a scent free working environment

Social Media for Research Communication with the iGSN


The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN) is hosting an exciting two hour event which will focus on communicating your research through social media and other innovative ways! You will be able to pick and choose two 30-minute communication workshops, hosted by presenters such as SciCats, Curiosity Collider, Dr. Julie Robilland !
This event will also include an interactive panel discussion with student-formed groups such as Brain Bytes, Neuroscience Through the Ages, and groups that promote science communication such as Voirelia (, that will answer your questions on how to use social media and other innovative ways to communicate research. We hope to keep this event lively with a social at the end, where you will have a chance to talk more with the speakers. 

Please RSVP through the link below so we know how many of you to expect! 

Entrance FREE for iGSN UBC graduate student members 

(if you are a UBC grad student, you can easily become an iGSN member for free! )

Entrance for non-UBC graduate students: $3

Check out our Facebook event page to stay informed about our workshop presenters and student panelists!

We hope to see you there!
Warm regards,
Katerina Othonos
PhD candidate | Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Allan Lab | Life Sciences Centre | University of British Columbia

New course: The Role of the Business Firm within Democratic Society (Term 2 of 2017-2018)


We are offering a new course called:  The Role of the Business Firm within Democratic Society in Term 2 of 2017-2018.  It will be offered as COMM 590B (section 002) on Tuesdays from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm in ANGU 232. Information about the course can be found below and on the attached document.   

This course may be of interest to your students.  Would you please forward this information to your MSc and PhD students.  If your students have any questions about this course, they are encouraged to contact the course instructor directly at 



Graduate Seminar Announcement. (Starts January 2018)

Course Title: The role of the business firm within democratic society.

Prof. David Silver (

COMM 590B, section 002. Tuesdays 2-5 pm, ANGU 232

This graduate seminar will examine the role of the for-profit business corporation within democratic society. A driving question is whether we can find a normative understanding of the business firm, and thus an understanding of capitalism, which is consistent with a democratic arrangement of society.

Half of the course will be devoted to theoretical issues and half to applied issues. We will begin by examining legal and economic theories of the firm, as well as theories from the business ethics literature. We will also draw on democratic theory, and critiques of capitalism that emphasize its incompatibility with democracy.

The applied issues include an examination of how firms should participate in the democratic process (e.g. through lobbying or campaign donations); and, we will look at how firms should act with respect to democratically enacted regulations and taxes. This will help determine, for example, whether it is permissible for firms to avoid taxes by transferring profits to tax-havens.

The final part of the course will be based on student interests and presentations. Some students will directly engage the theoretical literature regarding normative theories of the firm; others will focus on applied issues, bringing their specific knowledge about particular industries or societies. Either way, the aim of the course is to help students think through normative issues in their own work at the intersection of democracy and capitalism. 


Elaine Cho
Administrator, PhD and MSc Programs
Robert H. Lee Graduate School
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia
137-2053 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Phone:  1-604-822-8366
Fax:  1-604-822-8755

Take a Survey about Proofreading and Enter to Win $25


Have you ever asked someone to edit or proofread your writing outside of class? Have you ever paid someone to edit or proofread your writing? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, you are invited to participate in a survey about who uses proofreading services and why.

My name is Nina Conrad, and I am a master’s student in the Teaching English as a Second Language program at UBC. I am surveying students as part of my research project titled “Exploring Postsecondary Students’ Use of Proofreading Services at a Canadian University.” The research questions are: (1) Who uses proofreading services and what is the nature of services they receive? (2) Why do students engage proofreading services? and (3) How do students perceive the effects of proofreading services in terms of their academic outcomes, development of language and writing skills, and identity?

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. The information you provide will be stored on a secure server and kept private and confidential. The results of the survey will be reported in combination with other people’s responses, and your personal data will not be shared with anyone. The research findings will be described in my MA thesis and may also be published in scholarly publications in the future.

Participation in the survey is optional, and there will be no consequence to you if you do not participate. At the end of the survey, you will be invited to indicate whether you are willing to participate in a follow-up interview. Participation in the follow-up interview is also optional. Your participation in this study may result in some emotional discomfort. There is a small risk of social consequences, such as loss of status or reputation, as a result of participation in this study. There is no other risk associated with participation in this study.

All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card.

To take the survey, please click the link below to begin. By taking the survey, you are consenting to participate in this research. You may skip a question or withdraw from the survey at any time.

The survey is available at:

My research project is being supervised by primary investigator Ryuko Kubota ( and co-supervised by Sandra Zappa-Hollman ( If you have any questions about the study, please contact me at or contact either of my supervisors.

If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your

experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in

the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail or

call toll free 1-877-822-8598.


Thank you,

Nina Conrad



Department of Language and Literacy Education

University of British Columbia

(604) 600-7776 |

Reminder: Competition announcement: Tri-Agency CGS-M / Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)


NOTE: please notify me about your intention of applying ASAP but not later than Friday, November 24th. 

You may consider working on your CGS-M or Affiliated Fellowship application with your supervisor.

Or at least have it reviewed by your supervisor before submit it.

Once submitted, no corrections/updates would be possible.


The Fall 2017 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal

The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, 1 December 2017. After this time, the Research Portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application. This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time.
Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

Instructions for completing a CGS-M application (including transcript requirements) are available online

The Fall 2017 Affiliated Fellowships Master’s-level competition runs in parallel to the Tri-Agency CGS-M competition. The Affiliated Fellowships materials for Master’s-level funding have now been posted to the Graduate Awards website:

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master’s-level funding must be submitted to the applicant’s UBC graduate program is Friday, 1 December 2017 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS-M applications).