LFS Community Meeting


The Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff and students will take place on Wednesday Nov 21, 2018 at 12:00-1:00 in MCML 154, MacMillan Building. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Please mark your calendar.



Join fellow graduate students and the GSS for this special edition of After Dark: Murder Con at Science World, just in time for Halloween!


MurderCon is an interactive murder mystery event set at a Sci-Fi fan convention where YOU solve a grisly crime using science! Cocky actors, greedy executives and obsessive fans are sure to ignite some dramatic clashes.

SIGN UP…for an evening of murder and mystery


“Entrepreneurship isn’t just about building start-ups” Nilay Yuce says emphatically “ It’s about being prepared to make a positive impact in your organisation and being able to spread that vision and enthusiasm to colleagues, investors and the public.”

Nilay and her fellow MBA student Mustafa Sabban are trying to spread this message through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club at Sauder School of Business. In November the club are hosting Reboot Startup Weekend, a unique business competition that gives ALL students the chance to try and revive real technologies developed at UBC.

Read more about their story, or sign up for  Reboot


Channel your inner Katniss by taking part in Archery Tag® — a fast paced game similar to paintball but with bows and arrows instead of painful balls of paint. Imagine a combination of paintball, dodgeball and archery all in one. It’s fun, frenetic and guaranteed to get your heart-pumping.

The game is simple, you try to shoot foam-tipped arrows that look like big marshmallows, but has plenty of skill.




Save the date….

We got some great events coming up in November and December, registration will be opening soon for our popular Professional Headshots on November 21st. Check out our EVENTS    page or social media for the latest

We’re recruiting for and Event Production Assistant, who supports the GSS team in setting up for our events and ensuring that GSS venues are well maintained. You’ll also be supporting other grad students, by making sure the events they attend are properly organized.



If you would like to serve as a graduate student representative to Grad Council for a 1-year term, please nominate yourself by sending an email to aa@gss.ubc.ca containing you name, email, degree, department, faculty and one paragraph detailing the reasons of why you would like to serve on Grad Council.

The deadline for nominations is noon on Monday November 12th, 2018.

Election will happen on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 during the Graduate Student Society Council Meeting, which takes place in the Michael Kingsmill Forum, the Nest (4th floor) at 5:30pm. Attendance in person is strongly encouraged when your application is reviewed as there may be questions about your candidacy and more nominees than available seats.



Community Announcements

Drop in to the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) for an Open House for students.  Take a tour of the new space, learn how to help a friend who has experienced sexual violence, and build connection with others creating a culture of consent on campus.  Refreshments will be provided.


What: SVPRO’s first Thrive event: How to Help a Friend

When: October 30, 2018 any time between 2:30pm and 4:00pm

Where: Room 4061 Orchard Commons (6363 Agronomy Road)

Who: Students



There are vacancies for two  graduate student representatives for the Faculty of Arts Council (FOA).

If you would be interested, please send an email with your name, email address, program, degree and faculty and one paragraph detailing your motivation to join to aa@gss.ubc by Friday, Nov. 7th .

FOA meetings take place once a month (usually on the 3rd Thursday of every month, we rarely use up the full 1.5hr). The rep will serve as a voice for their constituency- they are able to vote on matters that arise from these meetings and can bring issues forward to discuss.



Join a special meeting to assist the UBC Library with developing a new Strategic Framework for future work. The discussion group for graduate students takes place on Monday, October 29 from 6 to 7 p.m.

You can register to attend the session HERE



The Vancouver institute has an exciting program of lectures over the next few months covering topics from contemporary politics to evidence in medicine and global economics.

Program – Fall 2018

Website: http://vancouverinstitute.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheVancouverInstitute/


Register for Bike to Work (& School) Week: October 29 to November 4

Here at UBC, you can commute by bike year round. And there’s no better time to start than Bike to Work (& School) Week. Join your cycling colleagues October 29 to November 4 and log your rides at btww.ca for a chance to win bikes, trips and other fantastic prizes.

5 tips for year-round riding:

  1. Plan your route in advance
  2. Dress for the weather
  3. Keep a change of clothes at work
  4. Be visible
  5. Use UBC’s secure bike parking and facilities

For more tips visit planning.ubc.ca/cyclingtips

Register for Bike to Work Week now! You can join a team or start a new team for your department.  Encourage your colleagues to join your team and help you win prizes!

Volunteering and TA training opportunities


Upcoming professional development and 

volunteering opportunities!

BioTAP Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Workshop

BioTAP is a TA training program that started in the Biology Program but is now open to all graduate students in life sciences. Free lunch is provided! Space is limited.  this session the TAs will review their teaching experience from the fall term. The TA mentors will revisit the topics introduced at the TAO (time management in graduate student life, marking/evaluating students, inclusivity (diversity in the classroom), classroom management (including time), TA-student/TA-faculty relations) with the group.

When: Mon Dec 3, 2018   2:00PM – 4:00PM

Where: Michael Smith Labs Room 101
WhoGraduate students from life sciences disciplines

Interested participants please sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/8fbDEa13cim1ikk62) or contact Evelyn at biotapubc@gmail.com.

Brighouse Bash (URGENT)

Come join Let’s Talk Science and Genome BC at the Richmond Public Library for this year’s annual Brighouse Science Bash: a science and career fair for children! You can help children make colourful slime and yummy Candy DNA! Training materials will be provided.

When: Nov 23rd 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch)
Who: Kids of all ages 

Interested volunteers please sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/hXGW0pNggupHFR5w2) or contact Evelyn at community@ubclts.com

Science Fair Mentorship

Are you interested in a longer-term, relationship-building program, possibly with older students? Then sign up for science fair mentorship! The science fair mentorship program increases student confidence with and understanding of the scientific method and scientific communication by pairing small groups of grade 8-10 students with Let’s Talk Science volunteer mentors. These mentors work with students through the entire process of designing, running, and analyzing a scientific experiment for a science fair project. The program consists of working with students in 7 mentoring sessions (3 digital in November and 4 at Britannia Secondary in January/February) then judging projects and cheering on your mentees at the school science fair on February 7.  

For full details and to sign up, see https://sites.google.com/view/science-fair-mentorship/ or contact Deborah Good at mentorship@ubclts.com

Science Outreach Opportunity with MEED 

The Modules in Ecology and Evolution Development program (MEED) with Let’s Talk Science is looking for graduate student and post-doc volunteers to present one-hour ecology and/or evolution modules (lessons) related to their own research to K-12 students! 


This program runs from October to March and brings together K-12 educators and researchers for science outreach to classrooms. You will be paired with one teacher from any grade level (K-12) you are comfortable with and together you will discuss the lesson that you wish to present to the students. The total time commitment is  approximately 10 to 20 hours over the school year.  

Interested? Please RSVP for the orientation on October 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM by emailing meed@ubclts.com. Feel free to come to the orientation to learn more about the program before committing. Food provided! RSVPing helps us have adequate amounts of food.   

Please visit our website https://blogs.ubc.ca/meed/ to learn more about the program, get module ideas and register. The registration deadline is Friday November 2nd. Please contact us at meed@ubclts.com if you have any questions.

Teacher Partnership Program

Let’s Talk Science Teacher Partnership Full Day Trips is the option of volunteering with a small group of volunteers and visiting several (typically ~3) classrooms per day. As with individual teacher partnerships, the expectation is that your group will make 3 separate visits to the school. We can reimburse you for mileage and lunch! You have the option of conducting all of these visits in May/June after exams or during reading break.  

The goal of this program is to improve our ability to bring science outreach to schools that have less access due to their location. 

If you are interested, contact partnership@ubclts.com

We’ve got a new website: http://outreach.letstalkscience.ca/ubc

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 23rd. 

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. 

Please review the eligibility criteria, make sure you meet the requirements and have achieved a first-class average in EACH of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent) before submitting an application.


The Fall 2018 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsm-bescm_eng.asp).

The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, 3 December 2018. 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 (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/CGS_M-BESC_M_eng.asp). Note: Applicants must carefully review the transcript requirements section of the instructions. This is imperative as it is the primary reason for the rejection of applications.

The Fall 2018 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: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master’s-level funding must be submitted to the applicant’s UBC graduate program is Monday, 3 December 2018 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS-M applications).

Kind regards,


Lia Maria Dragan

Graduate Programs Office

Faculty of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia

344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400

Lia.maria@ubc.ca / lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca www.landfood.ubc.ca


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