LFS Major (Greater Than $10,000) Graduate Awards Application


Please notify Lia about your intention of applying by April 19, 2019 (needs time to prepare your transcripts).

2019W Major Awards Application sms


Attached, please find the LFS Major (Greater Than $10,000) Graduate Awards application package (including instructions).

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1st.  By this deadline, all supporting documentation as well as a signed, scanned application must be received.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their references have been submitted by the deadline.

Please note – there are several changes for this year’s competition:

  • The George Weston Ltd. Doctoral Fellowship is new for this year.  The $60,000 fund will provide three $20,000 awards to PhD students and is open to students in AABI, PLNT, SOIL, FOOD or ISLFS.  Unlike all other LFS Major Awards, this award will be awarded and assigned in May 2019.  All other LFS Major Awards will be offered to nominated students in late August and payments will start in September 2019.
  • You are now required to provide a brief rationale for each award you wish to be considered for.  This rationale should explain how your area of research meets the award description.  You also must confirm that your supervisor agrees that you are eligible for award consideration.
  • Award applications must be submitted electronically as an email attachment.  Lia will confirm receipt of your electronically submitted application with an email.
  • We will no longer have a Round 2 4YF competition as part of the LFS Major Awards.  4YF’s will be assigned in Feb/March each year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Shelley Small
Manager, Graduate Programs
The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Room 344 MacMillan Building – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone:  604-822-4593       Fax:  604-822-4400
lfs.gradmgr@ubc.ca          www.landfood.ubc.ca

Next LFS Community Meeting – April 2


Location: Michael Smith Labs, Room 101, 2185 East Mall
Refreshments: 12:45-1 pm
Meeting time: 1-2 pm

At the next LFS Community meeting give your input into the LFS Learning Centre’s Strategic Plan in a session led by Cyprien Lomas, Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies and Director, LFS Learning Centre.

The LFS Learning Centre is many things to many people – but is it doing the right things?  UBC has a new strategic plan and we are four years into the LFS Action Plan. UBC has upgraded the Learning Management System to Canvas and is implementing many changes and guidelines, like Privacy Matters, to modernize our working environment.  What capacities do we need within the Faculty to ensure we are able to reach our full potential with teaching and learning, communication and IT tools and infrastructure going forward. Come to this community meeting to share your ideas with the LFS Learning Centre – all are welcome!

Job Posting: Biodiversity Coordinator, FRST Graduate Students – Deadline Tuesday April 2nd


Application Deadline is: April 2nd .


Job Title:  Biodiversity Coordinator  (Posting ID: 862968)

Department: Sustainability + Engineering and SEEDS Sustainability Program, Campus + Community Planning, VP External Relations

Work Period/Hours: May 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019 (Total 300 hours, approx. 20 hours per week)

Wage: $21.00

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) and inform the development of UBC’s emerging Urban Forest Management Plan and Biodiversity Strategy.

Specific Duties:

  • Facilitate the development of new, and coordinating existing partnerships with biodiversity stakeholders including campus staff, students, faculty and external community partners;
  • Facilitate a campus-based Biodiversity Steering Committee made up of faculty, staff and students;
  • Perform secondary research and environmental scans into best practices to inform the development of the emerging UBC Urban Forest Management Plan and Biodiversity Strategy;
  • Work with staff and community partners to identify urban biodiversity challenges and opportunities, and create clearly defined research project proposals that can be integrated with suitable senior level UBC undergraduate and graduate courses.
    • Key priority areas include scoping research that can contribute to a baseline of campus biodiversity assets, business case that articulated the benefits of biodiversity, key drivers in to biodiversity loss, pilot projects to test ideas and increase community engagement;
  • Develop and submit funding applications as required;


Application Deadline/Process:  Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, Professional Writing Sample (one page max)  via UBC Careers Online by April 2, 2019.



Liska Richer

Manager, UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program

Community Development | Campus and Community Planning

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Main Office #3331 -3rd Floor, 2260 West Mall, CIRS Building | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z1

Phone 604 822 3270  |  Cell 604 722 5056


www.sustain.ubc.ca |  www.planning.ubc.ca  |  @ubc_candcp| Donate to SEEDS


MFRE Friday Seminar – March 22, 2019: Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Office at Finn AI


MFRE Speaker Series

Speaker: Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Officer at Finn AI

Topic: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Finance

Date & Time: Friday March 22, 2019 3:30pm

Venue: MCML 160

Please find attached a poster with more details.


About the Speaker:

Natalie is a vocal proponent in examining the ethical implications of new emerging technology. She is an advocate for socially conscious innovation and how the intersection of humans and technology can positively impact society. Prior to founding Finn AI, Natalie worked at the Global Fund in Geneva managing a USD $250 million health investment portfolio. Natalie received her MBA at IE Business School in Spain.


Leveraging artificial intelligence and the deepest banking domain expertise in the industry, Finn AI builds simple, easy-to-use conversational banking platforms for financial institutions so their customers can easily manage their money and improve their financial literacy.


All are welcome!


Kind regards,



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

Puppy Therapy – March 27


Through UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services, I am hosting a puppy therapy event! Come to the Place Vanier Ballroom between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to play with therapy dogs and enjoy light refreshments! All proceeds go directly to Vancouver Eco Village.

To rsvp for a time slot, students can follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3jeycNHnYf7Pv_sDyyTzlUBWts9NkbnyYjWiDkZ3iGo7lBQ/viewform

For more information, please access the following pages:



If they have any questions, students can reach out to me via this email (skylarzakarin@gmail.com).

Thank you so much!


Skylar Zakarin