PRSSS Spring Workshop and Poster Competition


PRSSS invites you to join its annual Spring Workshop which will be held on March 24, 2018 at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Campus. The theme of this year’s workshop is ‘The Role of Soil in Climate Change Adaptation’.

The workshop will feature several exciting talks from the expert soil scientists and an afternoon session to discuss collaborative approaches to sharing soil information for climate change adaptation.

There will also be a Poster Competition for the students. There are cash prizes for the top 3 posters. The attached invitation and our website have more details.

Please register by March 16!

We hope to see you at the workshop.


Sidd Paul


Siddhartho Shekhar Paul

President, Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS)


PhD Student | Faculty of Land and Food Systems

The University of British Columbia  | Vancouver Campus


Cell: 604 617 3242 |

Two changes affecting theses and dissertations


There are two changes that will affect students’ theses and dissertations: 

Committee page: The addition of a page that lists the supervisory committee and examination committee members (effective May 1 2018). Approved by the Graduate Policy Committee on January 10 2018. 

Embargoes: Extended embargo times and clarification of responsibilities for extending embargoes (effective immediately). 

This email also includes a reminder and clarification of responsibilities for proofreading theses. 

Committee Page

This change will be effective May 1 2018.

Some years ago, for security reasons, UBC discontinued the practice of requiring examining committee members to sign the title pages of theses and dissertations to confirm their approval of the document. We will be partly restoring this practice by requiring the inclusion of a committee page that will immediately follow the title page of each thesis/dissertation. Our UBCO campus already does this.


The page will list the following:


·         Supervisor or Co-Supervisors

·         Examining / supervisory committee members

·         University Examiners, if applicable

There are templates available for this page at Resources for Thesis Preparation and Checking:


As of May 1 2018, theses and dissertations will be required to include this page.  


These changes are effective immediately.

Length of embargo: The minimum embargo time will increase from six months to twelve months. Approval for the 12-month embargo will be obtained using the criteria we currently use for 6-month embargoes: the student/supervisor must tick one box on the form with the reason for requesting the embargo. No further details will be required. 

Notification of embargo period ending: Students and supervisors will be responsible for tracking their own embargo expiry dates, and for contacting G+PS no later than two months before of the expiry date if they would like to request an extension. If an extension is not requested, cIRcle will automatically release the thesis on the set release date.  

As is the case now, written justification is required for an embargo to be extended. 

Thesis Review – Reminder

From time to time we are contacted by graduates who have noticed typographical errors in their theses in cIRcle, the Library’s electronic repository, and wish to correct them. Could you please draw your students’ attention to the information on our website about proofreading, available at the link below and copied here:


Important: It is your responsibility to proofread your thesis carefully before submitting the final version. You cannot make changes to your thesis after it has been accepted into cIRcle, so you will not be able to correct any errors after your final submission. Check for:

·         consistent, sequential numbering of sections

·         consistent abbreviations and units of measure

·         correct symbols and special characters

·         consistent headings and capitalization

·         consistent line spacing and table formatting

·         typographical errors

·         grammatical errors

Proofreading is primarily your responsibility, but supervisors and examiners should not sign off on theses until they are free of errors.


The thesis team checks theses to ensure they meet the formatting requirements, focusing on the preliminary pages. If staff notice egregious mistakes elsewhere in a thesis they may require them to be corrected in the interest of ensuring a professional presentation of the work. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. 


Max Read
Associate Director, Student Academic Services
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 0283 |

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Climate Action Mentors


Let’s Talk Science Presents Climate Action Mentors!

Worried about Climate Change? Want to use your science background to make an impact?  We’ve got you covered with the Climate Action Mentors program with Let’s Talk Science and Be the Change Earth Alliance.  Who: Any undergraduate, graduate or post-doc student who’s passionate about making change!
What: We’re delivering our same awesome hands-on science methods with a social action twist for youth around Vancouver. All you’ll be required to do is deliver a 1-2 hour workshop on a topic related to waste reduction, climate action or similar to a classroom.
When: Training is happening next week March 7 and 9 from 6-7pm in FRST 1222 with FREE FOOD, but the workshop can be anytime over the next few months.

Climate Action Mentors 2018

Visit to RSVP and sign up!


Thank you!!!

UBC Let’s Talk Science
University of British Columbia
2357B-1874 East Mall (Brock Hall Annex)
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Email: LTS (at)

Global Affairs Canada/CBIE Scholarship Announcement for UBC – 2018/2019


I am happy to share that Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), through Global Affairs Canada and CBIE, is seeking applications for the scholarships outlined below. These awards are available to international graduate and undergraduate students, to conduct research and study at UBC on both campuses, within the framework of existing agreements between UBC and their home institutions. I encourage you to share widely among your Faculties and colleagues, as they may be contacted by international students seeking to apply for this scholarship and undertake research within their particular field. 

For further information, please contact Lucy O’Regan, Program Manager, Go Global:  

Best regards,


Natasha Nobell  PhD
International Relations Officer, Strategy and New Projects
Office of the Vice-Provost, International
UBC | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 822 2634


Dear Colleagues,

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), through the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is seeking applications from Canadian publicly funded institutions for the 2018-2019 Students’ Exchange Program (SEP):

·              Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program

·              Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

·              Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

·              Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program

·              Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)


Please note the introduction of the Canada-ASEAN Scholarship this year. This is a new scholarship for citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam). This scholarship is for students who choose a field of study or research that is aligned with, and contribute to, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

General Eligibility Criteria:  

  • These awards are available to international students to undertake research or study at UBC for a period of 4 to 8 months.  
  • The candidate’s studies or research may commence as early as June 1, 2018 and no later than February 1, 2019.
  • Students must be citizens of eligible countries.
  • All awards are available to graduate and undergraduate students for study or research activity, with the exception of the Faculty Leadership Program, which is available only to full-time employed faculty or an international manager/administrator.
  • For undergraduate students, a signed agreement or understanding between UBC and the student’s home institution must be in place at the time of application. 
  • Students coming to undertake coursework must be from UBC student mobility partner institutions. For a list of UBC mobility partners, please consult the partner university search tool.
  • Students coming to undertake research must be from institutions with which UBC has established research activity.

*For specific eligibility requirements for each program, please visit the website.

Application Process:

CBIE requires all applications to be submitted directly by a single representative at UBC on behalf of the student. Go Global plays a coordinating role for all applications submitted on behalf of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan).

Deadline: The deadline to nominate and submit all application documentation for a student to Go Global is Sunday, April 8, 2018. The complete application must be submitted to Go Global by this date in order to ensure that it can be considered.

Application: Please refer to our website for further eligibility and application details.

Please contact Lucy O’Regan at should you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Lucy O’Regan

Program Manager

Go Global: International Learning Programs
Office of the Vice-Provost, International

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver

1783 West Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory
Phone 604 827 2702 | Fax 604 822 9885 




CFREE Guest Speaker Seminar on Friday, March 2nd


Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics (CFREE) Seminar Series

Speaker: Jennifer Alix-Garcia

Date/Time: Friday, 2 March 2018, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: MacMillan (MCML) 350

Professor Jennifer Alix-Garcia will be presenting her paper, “Locational fundamentals, trade, and the changing urban landscape of Mexico

 More details


Shristee Rahman  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada