PRSSS Warkentin Prize


Warkentin Prize – Application/Nomination Deadline Extension to May 31st, 2019

The Warkentin Prize of $500 will be awarded to a graduate student, or someone who has graduated from a graduate program within the last two years, that has published a graduate thesis or peer-reviewed article in the field of soil science.

You can apply by emailing the following to

  • Name, institution attended, and most recent degree
  • a copy or link to the publication (peer-reviewed article or thesis accepted)
  • a statement explaining how the article has contributed to the field of soil science
  • a brief statement outlining the significance of the research to the public
  • a maximum of two letters of support

You can also nominate a student by sending us a link or copy of their publication, along with a statement supporting your nomination.

For more information on the application guidelines click here

The deadline to apply/nominate is May 31, 2019.

The Warkentin Prize recipient will be acknowledged in our newsletter and on our website. The recipient will also be invited to give a presentation of their research at the next PRSSS Spring Workshop and Annual General Meeting.

Please send completed applications or nominations to

  • For more information on Benno Warkentin and the award click here

To apply or nominate you must be a current member of the PRSSS. To register for membership please visit the membership section of our website. Please note that if you attended the AGM & Spring Workshop, your annual membership fee was included in the event fee.

GreatSupervisor Week: May 6-12


Coming up next week, G+PS will be presenting our third annual Supervisor Appreciation Week! From May 6-12, we invite UBC graduate students to tell the world about their great supervisors through social media and an online submission form.

Graduate students will be invited to offer kudos using #GreatSupervisor #UBC on Twitter and Facebook. For those that prefer, they will also be able to offer their appreciation through this survey:

#GreatSupervisor week started at the University of Calgary in 2014, and we are grateful to them for their inspiration and support in this initiative. Visit to see what students said during last year’s Supervisor Appreciation Week.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email.

Thank you,

Emi Sasagawa

Communications Manager

Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z2 Canada

Phone 604 822 3747|

2019 Graduate Student Survey


The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is currently collecting responses for the 2019 Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey.

We have run the survey since 2014 to measure the quality of graduate student experience at UBC Vancouver.

The answers and opinions collected help the GSS identify the most pressing challenges faced by graduate students, and then advocate for improvements in areas such as graduate student funding, housing, and career preparation.

In addition, the survey provides a useful snapshot of the changing concerns and experiences of graduate students over time. It is important that we try and reach as many students as possible across campus so we are reaching out to course administrators to try and encourage more students to complete the survey.

I would be most grateful if you could send the message to your student cohort and encourage them to complete the survey as more responses means more robust data.

The survey is open until May 31, 2019. It only takes less than 20 minutes to finish.


I appreciate any help you can offer.


Razi Bayati

VP University & Academic Affairs

Graduate Student Society

GPS Update: Getting your Thesis on Track + Strategies for Happier Time + Work-Life-Balance + Design your Life + More!


Do you want the graduate student voice included?  Participate in a group discussion on Improving Student Mental Health Standards in Canada, May 14 (snacks provided). 

Registration is now open for:

Tackling Roadblocks: Getting your Thesis on Track | Thu May 9| 1-5 pm| Event and Registration details: here

Simple Strategies for Happier Time |Wed May 15 | 10 am- 12 pm| Event and Registration details: here

Navigating Work-Life-Balance in Graduate School |Wed May 15 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm| Event and Registration details: here

Design your Life: What do you want out of life, at UBC and beyond? |Wed May 15 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm| Event and Registration details: here

There are still seats remaining in this week’s:

Roadmap to Resilience in Graduate School and Beyond, Wed May 01 | 3 – 6 pm | Register here |From former participants:“I found that many of the topics really hit home with me, and I appreciated how many specific strategies we received”, “Really good combination of lecture and activity, high level of audience participation”

Check out for other opportunities including:


Career Conference (ONLINE), Sessions on Leaving Academia, Networking, Cover Letter & Resumes & More, May 4th, with fees (use ‘FriendofBP’ for a $10 discount)

Career Conference (ONLINE), Career Panels on Higher Education, Non-Profit, Business and Government, May 11th, with fees (use ‘FriendofBP’ for a $10 discount)

Machine Vision R&D Engineer with Koh Young Technology Canada (Burnaby)

Grad School Success

R Study Group: May 8


Graduate Students in Teaching, Mini Conference 2019, Apr 30 / May 01

SciCATs Fundamentals of Science Communication, May 05

International Students

Study Permit Extension Group Application Review Session: May 7, May 10

Post-Graduation Work Permit Group Application Review Session: May 7May 10

Indigenous Students

Indigenous students living in BC apply for the Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary program

One-year Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students at Queen’s University, Apply by May 15

Please let me know if you have questions!

Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueum 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 for June 17, 20 & 21, 2019 IS NOW OPEN!


Waitlist registration for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) May 25, 26 & June 1, 2019 is now OPEN.  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,
upon successful completion of the workshop, graduate students are eligible to become CIRTL associates.

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 June 17, 20 & 21, 2019. ISW WAITLIST please go to the following link and sign-up for the waitlist:

 Waitlist registration will close on May 22, 2019 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you are signing up for the WAITLIST only,  this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Due to high demand, participants are randomly selected from the waitlist. If you have registered for more than one ISW waitlist, your name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list and you will have a higher chance of being selected for an ISW.

IF you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted by our office to confirm your registration. 

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