Research Commons is Open! | Grad Student Orientation to Library Workshop | R (#rstat) Study Group


Dear UBC Graduate Students,

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We hope to see you in the Research Commons soon (online or in person)!

Kind regards,

The UBC Library Research Commons Team



Many thanks!


UBC Library Research Commons

2nd floor, Koerner Library

Room 219 – 1958 Main Mall

UBC Library Research Commons


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Research Commons is Open! | Grad Student Orientation to Library | R Study Group

Come on in! We are Open to Serve You

We are excited to bring you new expertise and services this term. Keep an eye on this monthly newsletter for our wide range of offerings specifically designed for Graduate Students to optimize research and complete your thesis. Register today!

Meet Allan Cho

Recently I had the chance to sit down with our new UBC Library Research Commons Librarian, Allan Cho. What an exciting time to have him leading the team, enabling the team to reach new heights. Check out the full interview here.

Upcoming workshops

Orientation to the Library Workshops

Get started off right! Due to popular demand we have added an extra Graduate Student Orientation to the Library workshop. These workshops fill up quickly, so register today for September 26, or NEW October 1.


Citation Management Workshops


Below you can see the variety of citation management tools we teach and support.


Citation Management for Success: Tools for the Academic Researcher – Mendeley and Zotero, (Part 1)

A great workshop for even the total citation management beginner, including those who have not selected their citation management tool.

Dates offered: September 28,  October 26, November 9, December 7




Citation Management for Success: Tools for the Academic Researcher – Mendeley and Zotero, (Part 2)

Dates offered: October 5, November 2, November 16, December 14


Introduction to Citation Management Using RefWorks

Dates offered: October 12 and November 23


Introduction to Citation Management Using EndNote

Dates offered: October 3 and November 21

Location: BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals


Thesis Formatting Workshops

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Have you been fighting with the template in Microsoft Word? Simplify your life by attending this workshop.


Formatting Your Thesis: Tips and Tricks

Dates offered: October 1, October 15, October 29, November 5, November 26, and December 10

Learn more

SPSS Support Workshops

Learn this user-friendly statistical analysis software. You don’t need to write any code—SPSS does this for you with just a few clicks.


SPSS Part 2: Data Management and Bivariate Analysis

Date and time: Wednesday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 217


Don’t worry if you missed SPSS Part 1, there will be more opportunities in the near future! Keep your eyes on the upcoming newsletters for dates.

Literature Reviews

A literature review is one of the key ways of building a foundation for a research project. Collecting material for your literature review is only half the task; the other half is writing the review.


Part 1: Great Research Starts Here

Dates offered: September 26, October 16, and November 14

Learn more

Research Data Management Workshops


Best Practices in Research Data Management

Dates offered: September 26, October 30, December 5


Systematic Review Search Methods

Dates offered: September 26, October 23, and November 22

Location: Woodward Library, Computer Lab B25


Submit your proposal to win cash prizes!

The CRDCN National Policy Challenge: Analyzing Data for the Common Good

A collaboration with SAS Canada and Statistics Canada. If you are passionate about Canadian public policy, love data, and dream about statistics, then this contest is for you! Apply by October 1, 2018 to win cash prizes. Learn more

R Study Group

Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. | Room 216, Koerner Library

All welcome at this R Study Group / Meetup! This community run meet-up welcomes you to come and work and solve problems related to R (#rstat). The weeks are organized by topic.

Learn more

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

The Pixelating 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. Join us as the Pixelating series re-opens this term with a workshop on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) with Joey Takeda of the Department of English Language and Literature!

Learn more

Graduate Student Writing Communities


Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. OR Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

You don’t have to isolate yourself in your office or lab to do all of your research and writing. Join this friendly group of Graduate Students who block off two hours a week to write together. If you have been having writers block, why not change your scene and come join us! We would love to have you.

Learn More

Wait, what about NVivo?


Coming soon!

We will still be teaching NVivo workshops and providing one-on-one NVivo consults soon. We are in the middle of on-boarding two outstanding graduate students who will be able to help you with NVivo later on in October. In the meantime, please check out all of the resources we have available online.

Learn more

We offer consults in citation management, SPSS, R, GIS, and thesis formatting. Consults are offered in Room 218A in the Koerner Library or via Skype.


Request consult

Not sure if you should book a consult or attend a workshop? Email us!


UBC Job Posting


Subject: UBC Job Posting


Hi IRES Sister Faculties and Departments,

 Data Scientist Lab Manager NUT Final – Sept 2018 –

Please circulate attached posting within your unit.  It’s a UBC job opportunity.   

The UBC Land Use and Global Environmental Research Group is looking for a Data Scientist and Lab Manager. 



Bonnie Leung

RES Program Support

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 429 – 2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4


Tel: 604-822-9249



Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships


Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships

The IODE War Memorial Scholarships support PhD scholars whose research makes important contributions to Canada and the world. Up to three scholarships of $20,000 for study in Canada or for study within the Commonwealth will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants are judged on academic attainments and promise as well as personal character and career goals.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Canadian citizens, hold a first degree from a Canadian university, and be enrolled in at least the second year of their doctoral program.


1.     Letter of Intent by 01 October 2018

2.     Complete application by 15 November 2018

Application Procedures: Please submit all correspondence and supporting documents on or before the specified deadline dates to the IODE War Memorial Officer. For current application forms and instructions, please visit:

GPS Events: Improving your Academic Writing Habits webinar + Essentials of Productive Teams + More!


Registration is now open for:

Improving your Academic Writing Habits (via Webinar)

Tue, Sept 25 | 10 – 11 AM

Event and registration details:


Essentials of Productive Teams (Mitacs Training event)

Fri, Sept 28 | 9 AM – 5 PM @Thea Koerner House

Event and registration details:


Registration is still open for:

Time Management (via Webinar) | Wed, Sept 19 | 1 – 2:30 PM (PDT)


Check out for other opportunities including:

Employers on campus events (Sept 20 – 24) TD Bank Group, Zijin Mining, Statistics Canada, Willis Towers Watson, and Aecon Group Inc. For date/time info see

Evidence-based Undergrad STEM Teaching Online Course |

Grad Wellness Peer Hours (Sept) | 

Cultural Safety and Addressing Systemic Racism Webinar, Sept 18 |

Resources for Entrepreneurs in Vancouver workshop, Sept 19 |

Career Directions for STEM Grad Students, Sept 19 |

SPSS Workshop, Sept 19 |

Group Advising for Grad Students, Sept 21 |

Digital & Social Media Assistant Job Opportunity @Office of Indigenous Education and Indigenous Teacher Education Program, apply by Sept 21 |

David Suzuki Fellowship Reception, Sept 24 |

Building Biotech (a Student Biotechnology Network career panel event), Sept 27 |  

Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director of Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | 
Musqueam Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool

Natural Resources Canada recruitment


Interested in launching a career in the Federal Government as a policy analyst after your graduate degree? 


On Tuesday, September 25, representative from two federal public service recruitment and development programs (APAP and PARDP) will be hosting an informal information session from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Irvine K. Barber Learning Centre. All students are welcome to attend. Please see attached poster for additional details. 

The Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) is a government recruitment program that offers an unparalleled opportunity in the federal public service. The program is geared towards recent master’s-level graduates with backgrounds in any discipline who exhibit leadership and academic excellence, good judgment and analytical abilities, and a keen interest in Canadian public policy and governance ( 

The Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) is Natural Resources Canada’s signature accelerated development program for Master’s and Ph.D. graduates. Program participants learn how to effectively manage their careers and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in policy. (