September 2019 Graduation Deadlines


Friday, August 16, 2019

Last day for graduation applications to be submitted to Enrolment Services using the Student Service Centre by all students expecting to graduate in September 2019.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Last day for final master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for September 2019 degree granting and November 2019 Congregation. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

Last day for students to complete all program requirements (including major papers) for non-thesis master’s degrees for September 2019 degree granting and Congregation.

If you notice a mistake in my dates… please let me know.  I’m famous for mixing up at least one date every time I send one of these emails!

Thank you,

Rockne Hewko
Academic Support Manager
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Office of the Dean
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 2935

Summer potluck beach party @Jericho Beach: Monday June 24th ~3:30


Please join students, staff and faculty from the ISLFS and HUNU programs for a get-together to celebrate the start of summer (ALL are welcome).

Date: Monday June 24th

Time:  Around 3:30 and onward (but this is an open, casual event at the beach, so hopefully folks will drop in when they’re available and stay as long as the weather holds out)

Location: Jericho Beach  (we’ll find a spot somewhere near the concession stand).

If it rains or the weather is horrible, we’ll try to find some seats at the Breka Bakery nearby instead (3750 W 4th Ave)

What to bring: blankets, snacks or whatever you like to enjoy the beach. And feel free to invite friends, colleagues, partners, children or anyone who would enjoy this kind of thing.

No RSVPs required – just drop by.

Advance, June 2019: Graduate writing support, #GreatSupervisor nominations and more


Editorial: Graduate student writing support

In this issue of Advance, Patty A. Kelly, PhD, Program Manager at the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, talks about upcoming writing-focused programming for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members, including writing consultations and a workshop on knowledge translation.


2019 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health recipients announced

Eight graduate students doing research in the field of health have received this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. Winners range from a variety of programs, including Neurology, Medical Genetics and Public Health.


Congratulations to this year’s #GreatSupervisors

During the third annual Great Supervisor Week at UBC, we received over 100 #GreatSupervisor nominations from graduate students. Please take a look at the full page of kudos.


Position open: Associate Dean, Academic

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is currently inviting applications for the position of Associate Dean, Academic. This is a three-year, renewable, term position with a 30% time commitment. A review of applications will begin the week of July 22, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


UBC Internal Banting Competition now open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 UBC Internal Banting Competition. As one of Canada’s most prestigious trainee competitions, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally. Supervisors who have identified applicants of this calibre are encouraged to work with these candidates in preparing a Banting application package.


Vanier applications are now open

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Applications are open for the 2020/21 academic year, and both Canadian and international incoming students are eligible for this scholarship. Potential supervisors are encouraged to disseminate this opportunity to students they are hoping to recruit for 2020/21 academic year.


UBC Information & Opportunities

The TLEF has funded more than 1,000 educational innovations at UBC. Have an idea to enrich the student learning experience? The call for letters of intent for Large TLEF Transformation projects is now open. More info

RES 500C: Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology


***New Course Announcement***

We are very pleased to announce that we have a new graduate course that is open to graduate students in all departments:

RES 500C:  Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology


Instructor: Dr. Claire Kremen

2019W, Term 2

View the syllabus here

Course Description

This course is a graduate level seminar with lecture and discussion covering advanced topics in conservation of biological diversity.   We will read a mixture of foundational as well as recent papers covering a range of current topics within Conservation Biology.  One of the most exciting aspects of the course is that students will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams on an active conservation project, commissioned by international and local NGOs (for example, World Wildlife Fund and Delta Wildlife Farmland Trust).   Students will prepare deliverables that will help these organizations in their current on-the-ground work, under the guidance of the instructor and the project lead(s) from respective NGOs.  Group projects represent an exciting and unique opportunity to learn while contributing to conservation, and can lead to future projects or co-authored publications, resumé-building and networking.  Students will also gain experience leading discussions and developing interactive class exercises.


All graduate students with some background in ecology and a strong interest in conservation are welcome.  Students with any prior experience in GIS, statistics, economics, decision support tools, data science OR other quantitative skills, and/or background in policy, business, planning and social sciences, are also particularly encouraged to enroll.  



Thesis Defense – MSc – HUNU


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces The Oral Examination for the Degree of




“Investigating the potential risk of untargeted daily Iron supplementation

in Cambodian women of reproductive age” 

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Room 300 – FNH Building 


Chair: Dr. B. Stefanska 

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. C. Karakochuk – Supervisor

Dr. A. Devlin – Committee member

Dr. H. Cote – Committee member


Defense Committee Composition

Dr. C. Karakochuk – Supervisor

Dr. A. Devlin – Committee member

Dr. H. Cote – Committee member

Dr. D. Kitts – External

Everyone is welcome