Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research


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Graduate Research Foundations: Skills for Respectful Research (Graduate student workshop series)

This workshop series has been created by five graduate students to address a current training gap. The Graduate Skills Foundations Workshop series seeks to build the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to do respectful research. Respectful research is grounded in the principles of reciprocity, action, and anti-oppression. It involves questioning our own position within systems we operate in and identifying our sources of power. It is finding the confidence and skills to use this power to make real change in our research and workplaces. It means addressing. Doing respectful research requires bravery. Building from our shared experience of being in graduate school (never an easy position), we ask you to bravely step forward and attending one or more workshops to learn (and unlearn) how to be a more respectful researcher.

Some of the learning (and unlearning) will be uncomfortable as we gain awareness of our own privileges and, maybe even, previous missteps. This unsettling complexity will be supported and challenged with care, accountability and compassion acknowledging that we are all in a process. Resources and support for further exploration will be available. Please visit for more information about the workshop and to register.



Competition Announcement: Google PhD Fellowship


Google PhD Fellowship

The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding PhD graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment for two years, with possible extension for a third year. Recipients are also matched with a Google Research Mentor.

The application deadline for this opportunity is November 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm PST.  Note: Applicants apply directly to Graduate Awards; graduate programs do not submit nominations.

For more information, including application procedures and eligibility requirements (including eligible research areas), please see this link:

[Abstract Call] Nexus 2020 Graduate Student Conference


We wanted to ask you to please share the following reminder with your graduate students about an upcoming conference opportunity taking place at UBC in March 2020. Abstracts are due Oct 15, 2019.

The conference is attended by graduate students and faculty from across campus – and we hope there one or more of your students will consider submitting an abstract to present.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your time and help with this initiative.


Maya Lefkowich & Jennica Nichols, Conference Co-Chairs

Scholarship [in] Action | Lean in. Work Across. Act Out.  

Nexus 2020 Interdisciplinary Conference, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program

Scholarship [in] Action

Lean in. Work Across. Act Out. 

This year, the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program is teaming up with the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) to celebrate dynamic graduate students who engage in public scholarship, solutions-oriented research, and/or knowledge translation.

In this one-of-a-kind conference, we aim to disrupt scholarship inaction by showcasing Scholarship in Action.

In an effort to increase the accessibility and applicability student work across disciplines, we are elevating creative presentation formats.

Conference Date: March 12-13, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

Submit an Abstract: Here 

More Information: Conference Website 

Contact Information: 

Conference Location: UBC

iGSN-Social Event Promotion



My name is Meenakshi Swaminathan and I am part of the Student Services for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN) at UBC. The iGSN serves as a platform to connect grad students from across various disciplines. We organize academic as well as social events to promote interdisciplinary mingling. We also provide travel awards to well-deserving candidates who choose to apply. You can find more information on our website:

Our upcoming social event is a Welcome Back Mixer which is targeted towards bringing together both new and old students of our network. We would love if you could promote our event among the members of your department in an effort to educate more grads about our resources and give them an opportunity to socialize among like-minded peers 🙂

If possible, you can forward along the following message:–

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. iGSN presents: FRIGHT NIGHT! ???? Join us in your best Halloween costume for a night of treats, tricks, and drinks. Be sure to be at your spookiest, for we have a fine set of prizes to give away for the best costume designs ????. Test your Halloween knowledge, indulge in a game of punch pong (with vampire blood, of course) and shake a leg to Thriller on Friday the 25th ????. All for free of course, if you are a member of iGSN! If not, it’s absolutely free to sign up here:


Where: Thea’s Lounge, Thea Koerner House

When: 25th October 2019, Friday

What time: 7pm – 11pm




Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now. See you there ????

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks in advance,


iGSN Team

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST for November 24, 30 & December 7, 2019 Opens October 7!


The waitlist for the Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for November 24, 30 & December 7, 2019 opens on October 7, 2019.

The ISW is a three-day, fully participatory, and peer-based professional development workshop for graduate students that is beneficial to both new and experienced instructors. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a certificate of completion and a transcript notation. Participants will have the opportunity to teach three mini-lessons to a group of students, receive critical feedback on their teaching, provide feedback to their peers, and reflect on their teaching practices. For more information, visit the ISW Network official site.

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.

To register for the November 24, 30 & December 7, 2019 ISW waitlist please sign up here:

Waitlist registration will close on November 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm. By clicking this link, you are signing up for the WAITLIST only,  this DOES NOT register you for the workshop. Graduate ISWs at UBC are in high demand. To create an equitable registration process all graduate students who register for an ISW will first be enrolled on a waitlist, from which participants are randomly selected. If a participant has registered for more than one ISW waitlist, their name will appear more frequently when generating the participant list, giving them 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. For more information and a list of all upcoming sessions visit:



Thank you,


Elisa Herman
Event Coordinator
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