Graduate Student Statutory Holiday Pay

Earlier in the year the GSS was made aware of an issue that a number of non-unionized part time graduate student employees of UBC were not being paid statutory holiday pay according to the BC employment act. This affected students with multiple appointments and was due to an administrative oversight with the hours from the roles not being aggregated.

We took this up with UBC HR and the ombudsperson. As a result of our efforts UBC have circulated a memo to all departments outlining the correct procedures and hopefully resolving the issue.

GSS President Nicolas Romauldi says:

“We hope this solves the problem permanently, but we ask graduate students to please tell us if this issue re-appears so we can communicate with UBC HR immediately. We will maintain our position that a robust solution at a systemic level is necessary.

For any student who thinks they may have been affected by this issue, we encourage you to verify your pay stubs and bring the issue to your respective payroll if there are inconsistencies. Of course. if you are having problems getting a satisfactory resolution you are more than welcome to contact us.”

We’re recruiting

Become the GSS Survey Coordinator

As part of the Graduate Student Society you will play an important part in advocating for the graduate student community on important topics like supervision, housing and harassment by preparing, administering, and analyzing the annual GSS Student Satisfaction Survey (GSS-SSS).

July 20

Summer Hiking
We’re off to Cypress Provincial Park to hike Hollyburn Mountain! It’s a 3.5 hour (round trip) intermediate hike that offers a spectacular view of Vancouver. The peak offers a scenic view of sections of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions off in the distance.

Join the GSS

Become out next FEOO

Do you want to build essential management and communication skills? Your GSS is looking for a UBC graduate student to join our student management team as the next Financial and Executive Oversight Officer (FEO).

The appointment will be made at the next council meeting on July 18. You can find out more about the role and how to apply here:

Join Grad Council

We have 1 slot available for a graduate student representative to Grad Council for a 1-year term, please nominate yourself by sending an email to containing you name, email, degree, department, faculty and one paragraph detailing the reasons of why you would like to serve on Grad Council.

The deadline for nominations is noon on Tuesday July 16 2019.

Election will happen on Thursday, July 18 2019 during the Graduate Student Society Council Meeting, which takes place in the Michael Kingsmill Forum, the Nest (4th floor) at 5:30pm. Attendance in person is strongly encouraged when your application is reviewed as there may be questions about your candidacy and more nominees than available seats.

Participate in a focus group

The Graduate Student Society and the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are looking for participants in focus groups with graduate students in research-based programs to identify challenges and successes that students with disability have been experiencing navigating UBC campus and how they perceive UBC accessibility.

N.B: Any response to or sharing of this post may result in that individual being associated with this study

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Events

Registration is now open for:

Essentials of Productive Teams (Mitacs Training) | Jul 9| 9 – 5 | Register here

Scholarships and Award Opportunities for Graduate Students (Overview) | Jul 10 | In- Person: 10 – 12| Webinar: 1:30 – 3 pm

Submitting your Thesis (Webinar) | Jul 11 | 9: 30 – 10: 30 | Register here

Check out for other opportunities including:


DAAD Postdoc Networking Tour (Germany) | Apply by Jul 29

UBC Strategy Consulting Mentorship Program

Are you interested in a career in consulting? Over the course of 4 months, candidates will have access to lectures, boot camps, personal resume reviews, and targeted coaching from over 120 SCMP alumni who have successfully gone through the program. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interview and intern with our consultancy partners like McKinsey, Bain, and BCG and other top global consulting firms.

Visit our website and infographicfor more information and join our email list for updates on information sessions and application dates.




Job Posting – Earth’s Own


R&D – Innovation and Development Assistant
Food Industry – British Columbia 2 year contract, with possible opportunity for permanent

Congratulations to those who have just graduated!

If you are interested in experiencing Research and Development in Canadian Food Industries, this is the time for you to explore new horizons. Our Innovation and Development group are looking for a talented candidate who has the passion and skill to be part of an exciting and progressive team. If you feel that you are willing to learn more, apply your science and research skills to develop great foods and be part of our growth and success, review this job description and apply.

Earths Own Posting RD Assistant

Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (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. Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

The application is completed online on ResearchNet:

The deadline for applicants to submit applications on ResearchNet is 12 noon (PDT – Vancouver time) on Thursday, 5 September 2019.

The deadline for graduate programs to submit nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is 4:00pm on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

For more information, please visit our website:

Important note on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:  The Vanier CGS program encourages equity, diversity and inclusion, as part of the Tri-Agency’s broader commitment to excellence in research and research training in Canada. Resources for applicants, institutions, referees and the selection committees are available at:
Applicants are encouraged to review the resources before they begin writing their application.

For other Vanier CGS program news and reminders, please visit:

Call for Applications: IDRC Research Awards


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is now accepting applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2020.

This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university.  Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted.

A total of eight awards will be offered; there is one award for each category listed below:

Application deadline: September 18, 2019 by 4pm EDT

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, please visit the IDRC website:

GPS Update: Scholarships & Awards for Grad Students (with webinar) + Submitting your Thesis Webinar+ Productive Teams + More!


Registration is now open for:

Essentials of Productive Teams (Mitacs Training) | Jul 9| 9 – 5 | Register here

Scholarships and Award Opportunities for Graduate Students (Overview) | Jul 10 | In- Person: 10 – 12| Webinar:  1:30 – 3 pm

Submitting your Thesis (Webinar) | Jul 11 | 9: 30 – 10: 30 | Register here


Check out for other opportunities including:


DAAD Postdoc Networking Tour (Germany) | Apply by Jul 29

Interested in a career in consulting? Apply to the UBC Strategy Consulting Mentorship Program


Grad School Success

Summer Writing Community (Tuesdays) @ Koerner Library

NVivo (Part 2) for Mac – Classification and Datasets | Jul 2

Knowledge Translation: Designing Authentic Writing Assignments | Jul 3

Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool for Your Research (Beginner) | Jul 4



Methods Speaker Series: “If Journals Embraced Conditional Equivalence Testing, Would Research be Better?” | Jun 26

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