MFRE News Post: The art of creating knowledge by gathering data: New Survey Design and Data Analysis course


The MFRE has just published a new post regarding a new Associate Professor in our program: Dr. Cluny South. Read more about her life and the course she is teaching, Survey Design and Data Analysis.

Thank you!Kind regards,

Paulina Gonzalez Miranda  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus| Musqueam Traditional Territory

Call for Nominations: Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize in Environmental Sustainability

INTERNAL DEADLINE – April 27, 2020
Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize In Environmental Sustainability

A $3,850 prize has been made available through an endowment established by UBC faculty member Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Nominees must be registered in a UBC-Vancouver Master’s or PhD program in the 2019W session
  • Preference is given to students supervised by faculty members who are affiliated with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries; the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; or the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Students who are not supervised by faculty members affiliated with these units will be considered only if there is no nomination received from these units.

Application and nomination procedures:

G&PS Deadline for nominations: Friday, 8 May 2020

LFS Graduate Program Office updates

Because of coronavirus pandemic and social distancing protocols, the LFS Graduate Program Office has suspended all in-person interactions until further notice. If you have any questions regarding graduate studies, please contact either Lia Maria Dragan ( or Mahesh Upadhyaya ( by email. We will try to respond to your email as quickly as possible.

For the next few weeks, graduate students can choose to work from home without any penalty. However, if they decide on their own to come to campus for their research, we suggest that they should discuss this matter with their supervisor.  For their own safety, it is recommended that they should keep their office or laboratory door closed while working and have a friend or colleague present with them to help in case there is an accident. If you have any question in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact Lia or Mahesh by email.

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response, laboratory safety, and graduate studies-related matters, please go to the following links:


G&PS – COVIT 19 updates

(i) To streamline communication around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our UBC graduate students, supervisors and programs, a COVID-19 landing page has been created on the G+PS website at: We will be adding to and updating this page over the coming days.
For updated information about matters that affect the UBC whole community, we encourage you to monitor the UBC website for the most recent notifications:  
(ii) Effective Tuesday 17 March, we have closed the G+PS office to the public, but staff continue to maintain operations.  Following UBC’s recommendation to implement remote working arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and student employees, many G+PS staff will be working remotely and there may be a delay in service as a result.  Faculty, staff, and current students should direct inquiries to and prospective students should direct inquiries to Questions regarding award funding can be directed to
With best wishes in these tumultuous times,
Brendan Morey  (He, Him, His)
Assistant Dean, Student Administration and Awards
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Dean’s Office
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
170-6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 0976 | @UBCGradSchool


Managing Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak


Amidst the current outbreak of COVID-19, many students may be developing feelings of fear, stress, worry and isolation – these feelings are natural when facing threats that are beyond our control. Everyone reacts differently to these feelings and they can be overwhelming for some. It is important to understand that if you need help in coping with these feelings, there are resources available. Below are articles and resources that will guide you in managing your mental health.

Taking care of your mental health during the pandemic

  • Psychology Today – How to stay emotionally healthy during the coronavirus outbreak
  • World Health Organization – Mental health considerations developed by the Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak
  • Anxiety Canada – What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Foundry BC– Tips for when the news stresses you out

Other resources available online or on the phone to support your mental health 

UBC Counselling Services Counselling Services will be offering appointments by phone during the COVID-19 outbreak. Students can call Counselling Services, 604 822 3811, to schedule an appointment by phone.

  • EmpowerMe – Empower Me provides counselling and life coaching, free for all students. They can help with anything you’re concerned about, and will give you the option of getting help online or by phone.
  • MindhealthBC – Take a quick online assessment on your mental health and get resources for a variety of related concerns.
  • Here to Help – help you find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in BC
  • HealthlinkBC – If you still have questions call 811 to speak with a registered nurse, or access online resources for health-related questions.
  • CrisiscentreBC – If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or at risk of harm, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time
  • TAO – Manage your well-being with tools on stress, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Register with a UBC email, which you can set up for free.

We appreciate that this is a very stressful time and we want to reassure you that UBC is here to support you.  All necessary steps are being taken, in conjunction with and in consultation with our health agency partners, in order to protect the health and safety of all of our students and the entire community. Your health and wellbeing is our priority.

If you have any further questions regarding any of the information you have received please do not hesitate to reach out to:

Dr Marna Nelson

Director UBC Student Health Service