Join the GSS Elections Team


Chief Electoral Officer

  • Are you interested in enhancing student democracy on campus?
  • Do you want to make sure graduate students have their voice heard?

Well the GSS is looking for a Chief Electoral Officer who will help manage our elections in 2019.

This role will allow you to play a crucial role in the society’s annual elections, encouraging individuals to nominate themselves for election and inspiring graduate students to vote for the next group of student leaders.




This session will help you navigate conversations with peers in need of support. You will learn how to start the conversation, actively listen, and connect to support and resources.

Plus you can stay afterwards for the Connection Cafe, where you can meet and network with other grad students.



Would you like to mentor 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.



Save the date….

We got some great events coming up in the new year. Check out our EVENTS  page or social media for the latest


Hey, UBC students! Tired of the cold?

Plan your getaway with The Break Escape. You could win a $2,000 travel package from Merit Travel, Contiki, and alumni UBC, your future alumni association. Open to all current UBC students.


For all your travel needs, visit Merit Travel at the Nest! Find a unique, exploratory, and interactive experience with your local travel consultant and take advantage of special offers and expert knowledge and advice. Our professional team will customise your trip to suit your personal style and budget, which means you enjoy the travel journey, worry free!



Community Announcements


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Overcoming Barriers in your Thesis Progression

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 – 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Lost momentum? Having difficulty managing your research efficiently? Need motivation and strategies to complete your thesis? This interactive workshop will offer information to graduate students on how to efficiently structure the thesis or dissertation process for timely completion, manage the emotional roller coaster, and find support when your motivation ebbs.

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Statistics III: Two Group Comparisons and ANOVA Models (via Webinar)

Monday, 10 December 2018 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

A detailed discussion of how to compare data from two groups or conditions using a t-test and the assumptions involved. We generalize to compare more than two groups by analysis of variance (ANOVA) including two-way ANOVA where the groups are defined by two categorical variables.

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Skills of Communication

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Skills of Communication  is a full-day session featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be the first time you learn about the Ladder of Inference, the Johari Window and more.  The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal lives.

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Upcoming Research Commons workshops


Citation Management (Introductory Level)

Mendeley and Zotero Friday: Dec. 7 or  Dec. 14 at 10 AM

Thesis Formatting (Last one for 2018) Dec 10 at 10 AM Register



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





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

More information

UBC iSchool students – we are hiring! | Meet Amir Michalovich



UBC iSchool students – we are hiring! | Meet Amir Michalovich

UBC iSchool Students – We are hiring!

Over the years we have had stellar iSchool students fill this unique role – why not you? Learn about the position and apply here. Deadline to apply December 1, 2018. Send any questions about this opportunity to

Last chance for 2018! – Closing Dec 14 for the break

Squeeze in that one last workshop or one-on-one consultation before we go on winter break. Work more efficiently over the break on your research and thesis. We reopen on January 14, 2019.

Meet Amir Michalovich

This September we were lucky enough to hire an amazing new Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA): Amir. He has an impressive resume in terms of his skill set, but perhaps his greatest contribution to our team is his love of both learning and teaching. Amir and David (Amir’s teaching partner) are constantly exceeding their own goals and looking for innovative ways to provide Graduate Students with the optimal learning experience related to qualitative data analysis. Read our full interview with Amir here.

Upcoming workshops

Don’t miss out on any graduate student support services, designed to make your research process as smooth and effective as possible. Find the full list of offerings at the Calendar of Events.

View all upcoming Research Commons workshops


Citation Management (Introductory Level)

Mendeley and Zotero Friday: Dec. 7 or Dec. 14 at 10 AM


Thesis Formatting (Last one for 2018) Dec 10 at 10 AM Register

SPSS 1: Intro Wednesday Dec 12 at 10 AM Register

NVivo (Last ones of 2018)

Part 1 Tues, Dec 11 at 10 AM Register

Part 2 Tues, Dec 4 at 10 AM Register

Lay Summaries (Last one for 2018) Tuesday December 4th at 10 AM Register

Best Practices in Research Data Management (Last one for 2018)

Wed, Dec 5th at 10 AM Register

Drop in to our weekly R Study Group

Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in Koerner Library, Room 216 Learn more

Join the Graduate Student Writing Community

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

Writer’s block? Feeling isolated in your research and writing? Discover what a difference writing in a community can make in one of our weekly writing communities!

Learn more

Book a one-on-one consult this semester

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

We close Dec. 14, 2018. We reopen on Jan. 14, 2019.

Request consult

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

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GPS Update: Overcoming Barriers in your Thesis Progression + More!


Seats still available for:

Overcoming Barriers in your Thesis Progression (for graduate students later in their programs)

Wed, Dec 5 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Event and registration details:


Check out for other opportunities including:


How to Help a Peer Workshop, Dec 4 |

Grad Connections Café, Dec 4 |


Career Building

How to Get Hired in the Federal Government, Nov 27 |

Planning for the Campus Interview (for PhD Students), Nov 28 |

Career Professionalism (Mitacs @UBC Robson Square), Nov 28 |

Industry-Ready Resumes (for grad students), Nov 29 |

Post-graduation Work Permits, Dec 4 |


Work and other Opportunities

Grad Academic Assistant at Centre for Community Engaged Learning |

Postdoc Opportunities @McGill University (Sustainable Cities and Health) |

Grad Student & Postdoc Opportunities @UCalgary (Pulmonary Immunology, Inflammation & Host Defense) |

Young Scientist Seminar Competition, apply by Dec 17 |

SSHRC Storytellers Challenge, Apply by Jan 31 |


Graduate School Success

ORCID iD at UBC, Nov 29 – 30 |

NVivo for PC – Part 2, Dec 4 |

Lay Summaries (for your Thesis and more) Dec 4 |


Please connect if you have questions. 

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

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST REGISTRATION for January 19, 20 & 26, 2019 OPENS DECEMBER 3


Waitlist registration will open on December 3 for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) January 19, 20 & 26, 2019.  The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.  

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop. 

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the January 19, 20 & 26, 2019 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up:


Waitlist registration will close on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you are signing up for the waitlist only, however this does not register you for the workshop. IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office after registration closes.

 Elisa Herman
Events Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214-1961 East Mall  | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871 | @UBC_CTLT

LFS Winter Holiday Party – December 6


We need Volunteers – please let me know if you can help!!

LFS Winter Holiday Party – December 6

The LFS Winter Holiday Party is Thursday, December 6 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Agora Lounge.  Our gathering will have festive food and drink, along with music and good fellowship!

  • Delicious food!
  • Great raffle prizes! To be eligible for the prize draws you must R.S.V.P.
  • Food Bank Donations – bring CASH (preferable) or non-perishable food donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • United Way 50/50 raffle draw
  • Coat Drive – bring gently worn coats
  • Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Music instrumental sing along! Bring your own instrument to play and/or sing festive songs
  • Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
  • This party will also celebrate the Faculty’s December birthdays
  • Presentation of the LFS Shynkaryk and Richards Service Awards and LFS Graduate Student Service Award
  • Please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery to reduce waste

We need to know how many people will be attending, so please RSVP by Tuesday, December 4 to Remember, you must R.S.V.P. to be eligible for the raffle prize draws!