Register for the 6th annual LFS Graduate Student Conference!


You are invited to the 6th annual LFS Graduate Student Conference!

Please join us on Monday March 18th at Ponderosa Commons Ballroom (Oak House) from 8 am to 6 pm for the conference. The conference features a keynote address and oral and poster presentations from graduate students in 8 different LFS programs: Applied Animal Biology, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, Master of Food Science, Master of Food and Resource Economics, Plant Science, and Soil Science!

Registration is 15 dollars and includes complete access to the conference plus breakfast, lunch, and access to the awards reception.

Register here!

Questions? Email

We hope to see you there!

LFS Graduate Student Council

Reminder: 3rd annual UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference!


The UBC Pre-Vet and Animal Welfare (PAW) club is happy to present its 3rd annual UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference! This year’s conference has a focus on “Wildlife Management and Conservation”, with five renowned speakers joining to share their expertise. The 2019 UBC PAW Animal Welfare Conference looks to shed more light on human-wildlife interactions and how an individual may personally impact wildlife welfare in their day-to-day life.

This year’s conference will be held at the Graduate Student Society Loft in the AMS Nest (RM 4202) on March 8th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Our speakers include professors from the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary, as well has animal health care professionals from the Vancouver Aquarium, and a representative from the BC SPCA. Each speaker has had experience working with wildlife and are longtime advocates for wildlife welfare.

More information can be found at:
Tickets can be purchased at:


Rebecca Juan

Promotions/Marketing Coordinator

UBC Animal Welfare Conference Committee 

m: 778-889-9777


IRES Vancouver Summer Program Instructor


Institute for Resource, Environment and Sustainability

Faculty of Science


Position Title: Vancouver Summer Program Instructor

Duration: June – August, 2019 (the teaching period will be from July 13th – August 13th, but this includes course preparation time as well as grading and student evaluations after the program)

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2019

Application Instructions: Include your CV and a cover letter articulating your fit for teaching this course, previous teaching experience, and teaching philosophy to


Role and Responsibilities:

The UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is seeking an instructor to teach courses for the UBC IRES’s Vancouver Summer Program. The VSP is a one month condensed summer program offered to international undergraduate students to come and experience life and classes at UBC. Instructors will be responsible for course preparation (some materials will be provided), four weeks of teaching (July 13th – August 13th, 2019, 39 contact hours), marking, and some social activities during that period. Each package has two courses taught for 3 hours per day (with some days off over the weeks due to student social events). The successful candidate will work closely with another lead instructor to provide a cohesive package to the students. Our emphasis is on active learning teaching methods where students are inspired to explore the subject matter through field trips, labs, discussions, and in‐class activities, and as such there is some flexibility in the course design and progression.

In particular, we are looking for an individual who will be able to teach the following course: 

Energy for Sustainable Development

Climate change is only one of many challenges we face, and large-scale innovation in energy systems will be needed to meet multiple objectives including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Technological and business innovations have begun to transform the global energy system. From the development of renewables such as solar and wind, deployment of complex networked technologies (such as electric vehicles), or the diffusion of novel ‘mundane’ technologies (such as improved cook stoves in the developing world), technological innovation holds the key to our energy future. This course will examine what is driving these innovations, how their promise might be reached and their benefits be maximized, and what social and policy efforts are needed to sustain them. This course will include field trips and presentations by industry guest speakers, as well as speakers from non-governmental organizations and the public sector.



 Master’s degree in a related field (PhD is preferred)

 Expertise in the subject matter of the course

 Previous teaching experience

 Previous experience working with international students

 Ability to work individually and/or in teams

 Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

 Excellent organizational skills

 Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities

 Excellent interpersonal skills

 Ability to plan and execute course curriculum


Equity Statement

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.



GSS Election Debates

We have 10 fantastic candidates up for election to 5 different positions.

  • President
  • VP External
  • VP Students
  • VP University and Academic Affairs
  • Student Senator

And you have 2 chances to quiz them before the election.


If you can’t make either debate the GSS will be live streaming the on campus debate through our Facebook page.

You can find out a little more about each candidate and what they hope to achieve with the GSS HERE. And don’t forgot to show your support for your favorites by voting between March 4th-15th. This is your chance to shape the future of the GSS.

Enjoy craft beer with friends

March 7th

Sign up for this new event series where grads can socialize, taste, and toast a variety of craft beer and cider! Each event features up to 7 select craft beers and 2 ciders.

Sample established favorites and find unique new flavors while mingling with fellow grad students. Conveniently located on campus in the GSS Loft. SIGN UP

Career Launchpad and Professional Headshots

March 13th

The GSS, in collaboration with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSIC), brings you an afternoon of activities designed to enhance your career and jumpstart your post-graduate success with a new headshot and polished job search skills.

Sign me up


Get fit and compete with your friends

Part of the Move UBC university-wide campaign!

We’re partnering up with UBC Kinesiology and Move UBC for a special FREE graduate student sports day on Feb 28th. Meet and compete against your friends from other departments and get active. Sign up with a partner or let the team find a partner for you.

Learn more

Only Yes Means Yes: Workshop

New Date: Feb 26th

This interactive workshop will get participants talking and learning about how the criminal justice system defines and deals with sexual assault, and what’s required under the law for sexual consent.

Learn more


Community Announcements

SPIN Workshop


The Weston Brain Institute Funding

The Weston Brain Institute has up to $10m in funding available through the 2019 programs that are currently accepting applications. A full list of programs can be found here.  In particular, please note that the deadline of the Rapid Response and Transformational Research Canada 2019 Parkinson’s & Related Diseases program has been extended. The LOI deadline is now May 15, 2019.

Several exciting changes have been made to these programs, including increasing the Rapid Response budget to $300,000 and allowing more kinds of interventions such as cognitive therapy. More information is on the website.


Help UBC Win the BC Cool Campus Challenge!

The BC Cool Campus Challenge is a friendly energy saving competition between the province’s post-secondary institutions.

Staff, faculty and students are asked to sign a one-minute online pledge to commit to energy saving actions. The school that collects the highest percentage of pledges wins.

The deadline to sign the pledge is Feb. 28, only a few days away.

Plus enter to win great prizes, including UBC sweaters, cozy Sherpa blankets, and UBC Sustainability reusable mugs.

Sign the pledge now!


Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

Graduate Student Career Activation Project

The CSIC wants to know how graduate students can activate their careers, and we have funds available to help you try stuff out. Dream big, or dive deep: whether it’s the cost of printing business cards to support your networking, enhancing your French language skills to prepare for a career in the federal government, or paying membership fees to join a professional association, submit a proposal for a career development experience that you believe will get you one step closer to your goals. Each student may apply for funding of any amount up to $1000.

Once you’ve activated, we’ll work with you to develop an appropriate artefact (video interview, blog, etc.) so that your experience can be shared with other UBC graduate students and the university community.

Check out the website for details on how to apply