LFS Community Meeting – revised


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.

Click here to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar.

12:00-12:05 Dean’s message
12:05-12:15 United Way presentation – Crystal Lau
12:15-12:45 Opioid Crisis presentation – Patty Hambler/Marna Nelson
12:45-1:00 Indigenous students – Joel Liman

Registration Now Open: Dec. 3, Okanagan Research Forum: “EATING THE OKANAGAN” Exploring Change in our local food systems


BRAES along with the ICER Institute is hosting the Okanagan Research Forum on December 3rd (see invitation attached). Please see the general information about the event, our amazing keynote presenter and the call for posters below:


Call for posters ORF 2018


Exploring Change in our Local Food Systems 

When:                       Monday, December 3rd. 2018    

Time:                         8:45 AM to 6:00 PM

Location:                  Summerhill Winery, Ballroom. 4870 Chute Lake Dr.  Kelowna

Cost:                          Students: $15, General Public $30 (includes: lunch with keynote presentation, refreshments and wine and cheese- posters session).

If you volunteer or present a poster registration cost will be waived, please contact Carolina for volunteer opportunities

Registration:            https://okresearchforum.geolive.ca/


Keynote Presentation:

Foods of Yesterday, Foods for Tomorrow, Indigenous Plants of the Okanagan Region and their Potential for the Future

Dr. Nancy Turner, University of Victoria

12 – 1:30 PM 

 More than 20 great speakers divided in 4 sessions on Land Access, Policy, Production and Consumption!

Call for Poster Presentations – Due date Nov. 19th
Purpose of posters session:
The purpose of this session is to allow Forum participants to share new and ongoing projects and
research outcomes. The poster session will be at Summerhill Winery and conclude the Forum.
Poster presenters are expected to bring their printed posters and handouts (if desired). The poster
session will take place Monday Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM accompanied with wine and cheese.
Attendees will browse among the posters and speak directly with the presenters during this time.
Thus, the poster session is intended to be informal and conversational.

Information & registration: https://okresearchforum.geolive.ca/

The winning poster will be awarded $300.00

 Topics of interest examples:

Access to Land




The topics are meant to be broad and inclusive.

Other topics and research projects of relevance to the Okanagan region, in areas of sustainable food systems; local foods, food exchange, slow foods, regulation etc. 

Poster Guidelines:

The suggested poster size is the standard (36 inches “tall” x 48 inches “wide” or 91.5 cm “tall” x

120 cm “wide”). Posters may be handmade or printed. Please note that only posters of

informative and technical-scientific style will be accepted! Posters must be in English. Please

send questions re the poster sizes to the forum coordinator at: Carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca 

Handout Guidelines:

Each poster presenter may provide their own copies of an accompanying handout for

distribution (maximum 2 pages). 

Posters Submission, Exhibition and Presentation

Anyone interested in participating with a poster at the event, should send a proposal to the Forum

Co-ordinator Carolina Restrepo-Tamayo at Carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca by November 19, 2018.

Proposals should include the names and affiliations of all authors, a poster title and abstract.

 If you have any question or comment please don’t hesitate in contacting me, 

Carolina Restrepo-Tamayo
Coordinator, Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystems Services (BRAES)                                                                              

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

SCI 361, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Office: SCI 361 Phone: 250 807 9023

E-mail: carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca

Web site: http://braes.ok.ubc.ca 

Holiday magic with the GSS


Experience Holiday Magic

The GSS is taking you to experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden!

We’re offering discounted tickets for Grad Students for this incredible event and you can go on any night (valid for ONE night) you desire between Dec 1, 2018 and Jan 6, 2019, (EXCEPT from Dec 21 to 26, 2018).



The GSS, in collaboration with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSIC), brings you an afternoon of activities designed to enhance your career and jumpstart your post-graduate success with a new headshot and polished job search skills.



Are you interested in mentoring the next generation of grad students?

This program matches an undergraduate student (2nd year or above) with a graduate student mentor in a similar field of study to provide guidance and insight into career, school, and life. Mentor and mentee pairs will have opportunities to meet as well as participate in group workshops and social events.

You can find out more at the Launch Event on November 19th.


Save the date….

We got some great events coming up in December and the new year. 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.


We have 1 slot  available for 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 Tuesday November 13th, 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


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

Thu, Nov 15 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Event and registration details:


Submitting your Thesis | Fri, Nov 16

Workshop: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM @Thea Koerner House


Webinar: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM



The Steps of Planning your Doctoral Exam | Fri, Nov 16

Workshop: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM @Thea Koerner House


Webinar: 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM




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/



November 28-30th, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

More information

GPS Updates: Statistics (Planning your Research) Webinar + Thesis Boot Camp + Leveraging your Strengths + More


We’re gearing up for 3MT 2019 @UBC.  Workshops start in January 2019, heats in February, and the semi-finals and final on Tue, Mar 12 and Thu, Mar 14.

Hosting a heat?  Interested in participating but need to know more? To obtain a 3MT Heat Organizer Package or to request a 3MT Tips and Strategies workshop, please e-mail graduate.pathways@ubc.ca.  

Please forward the information below to your graduate students: 

Registration is now open for:

Statistics II: Statistical Considerations When Planning Your Research Project (via Webinar)

Tue, Nov 20 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Event and registration details:



Thesis Boot Camp

Wed, Nov 21 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Event and registration details:



Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success

Thu, Nov 22 | 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Event and registration details:



Seats still available for:

Submitting your Thesis | Fri, Nov 16

Workshop: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM @Thea Koerner House grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/17181-submitting-your-thesis 

Webinar: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/17182-submitting-your-thesis-webinar


The Steps of Planning your Doctoral Exam | Fri, Nov 16

Workshop: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM @Thea Koerner House grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/17183-steps-planning-your-doctoral-exam

Webinar: 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/17184-steps-planning-your-doctoral-exam-webinar


Check out community.grad.ubc.ca for other opportunities including:


Career Building & Professional Effectiveness

Postdoc and Grad Student Opportunities at UCalgary (Pulmonary Immunology, Inflammation & Host Defense) | community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/5443

Graduate Career Exploration Series: Working in Government, Nov 14 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5414

Group Advising for Grad Students, Nov 19 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5137

Employer on Campus: Dialpad, Nov 19 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5435

Job opportunity: GSS Event Production Assistant, apply by Nov 23 | community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/5437 


Graduate School Success

Literature Reviews Workshop, Nov 14 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5179

Citation Management: Mendeley and Zotero, Nov 16 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5426

Citation Management: RefWorks, Nov 16 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5407


Community Building Events and Other Opportunities

Cultural Safety and Leadership with Harley Eagle, Nov 15 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5004

Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution (Book Launch), Nov 15 | community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/5441

Peer Programs Day, Nov 15 | community.grad.ubc.ca/event/5384

UBC Map the System Competition, register by Jan 28 | community.grad.ubc.ca/forum/5442


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
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | @ubcgradschool