MFRE News Post: MFRE Faculty Spotlight: Wheat Futures’ Prices in Pandemic Times


The MFRE has just published a new post regarding a paper published by Dr. James Vercammen of the effect of COVID-19 in the commodity markets.

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MFRE Faculty Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting the work of the MFRE Faculty team members, a group of accomplished professors specializing in topics in the Food and Resource Economics sector such as agricultural commodity markets, environmental economics and policy, food security, trade pol…

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Paulina Gonzales

Call for Nominations: Spring Graduate Awards Competition


INTERNAL Deadline _ Friday, May 8, 2020

Spring Graduate Awards Competition

A number of criteria-based awards for the 2020/21 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the awards as they are eligible for, taking note of the following important considerations:

  • Eligibility: To be eligible to receive funding, applicants must meet all the criteria for each award they apply for. Applicants must clearly address their eligibility as specifically to the award criteria as possible.
  • Selection: While award recipients will be selected based on academic merits, priority will be given to eligible candidates who do not already hold significant scholarship funding (e.g., external, 4YF, Affiliated Fellowship, etc.).

Deadline for nominations to G+PS: 4:00 pm on Friday, 22 May 2020. (Applicants should check with their graduate program for the department’s internal deadline.)

For more information, such as the complete eligibility criteria and application materials, please refer to our webpage:


CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award


INTERNAL Deadline – Friday, May 22, 2020

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are made to individuals who have completed PhD dissertations representing original work that make an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.  Graduate programs may submit up to two nominations: one in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering and one in Social Sciences.

To be eligible, the nominee must have completed her or his doctoral degree requirements in the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, inclusive. UBC will forward up to one nominee in each category to the international competition (open to all institutions who are members of the Council of Graduate Schools in the US and Canada).

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on December 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered.

Note to graduate programs: This award is very competitive – PhD dissertations from universities across North America are forwarded to this competition. UBC graduate programs are strongly encouraged to only forward nominations that are competitive with those from top PhDs throughout North America.

Graduate program nomination deadline: Friday, 12 June 2020

Further Information:

Research Grant Opportunity – Sustainability and Resilience in Canadian Agricultural Soils/ Opportunité de financement – Durabilité et résilience des sols agricoles du Canada

Please find attached and below information with respect to a research fellowship opportunity on Sustainability and Resilience in Canadian Agricultural Soils.
Could you please circulate this to your students currently engaged in a Ph.D. program?
Thank you for your cooperation.
Bonjour à toutes et à tous,
Vous trouverez les informations essentielles et relatives à une opportunité de financement pour les étudiant(e)s doctorale d’un projet de recherche sur la durabilité et résilience des sols agricoles du Canada.
Pourriez-vous circuler ceci à vos étudiants actuellement engagés dans un programme de doctorat s.v.p.?
En vous remerciant d’avance de votre coopération.
Call for Proposals: Sustainability and Resilience in Canadian Agricultural Soils
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Building on a very successful inaugural Fellowship Program, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce it will be conducting its second Fellowship Program. The 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellows will consist of a small, dynamic, innovative and transdisciplinary research network specializing in sustainability, resilience, and soil in Canadian agriculture. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 29, 2020. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a Canadian university. the Ph.D. research of the applicant must be related to sustainability and resilience of Canadian agriculture and soil. area of study of the applicants could include, but are not limited to policy, economics, environmental studies, agricultural and biological sciences, geography, law, etc.  Each selected researcher will receive up to $12,500 via direct grants and travel subsidies over the two years of the program.
Please refer to the attached documents for the broader context of CAPI’s project. For further information, or if you any have any questions, please write to: 
Appel de propositions : Durabilité et résilience des sols agricoles du Canada
S’appuyant sur un programme de bourses inaugural très réussi, l’Institut canadien des politiques agroalimentaires (ICPA) est heureux d’annoncer qu’il mènera son deuxième programme de bourses. Les boursiers au doctorat de l’ICPA 2020-2022 seront constitués d’un petit réseau de recherche dynamique, novateur et transdisciplinaire spécialisé dans la durabilité, la résilience et les sols en agriculture canadienne. La date limite pour présenter une demande est le vendredi 29 mai 2020. Les candidats doivent être inscrits à un programme de doctorat d’une université canadienne. Les travaux de recherche du candidat doivent être liés à la durabilité, à la résilience et aux sols en agriculture canadienne. Les domaines d’étude des candidats peuvent comprendre, sans s’y limiter, les politiques, l’économie, les études environnementales, les sciences agricoles et biologiques et le droit. Les chercheurs retenus toucheront chacun une subvention maximale de 12 500 $ sous forme de subventions directes et d’indemnités de déplacement au cours des deux années du programme.
Veuillez consulter les documents ci-joints pour connaître le contexte général du projet de l’ICPA. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements ou si vous avez des questions, veuillez-vous adresser à : 
Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) | Institut canadien des politiques agroalimentaires (ICPA)
960 ave Carling Avenue | CEF immeuble/building 60 | bureau/suite 205 | Ottawa, ON  K1A 0C6
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GradUpdate- online project management, intellectual property and technology transfer, presentation and networking skills, and more!

In this issue, online project management, intellectual property & tech transfer, presentation and networking skills, and more!
Open Registration
Foundations of Project Management I Online (Mitacs Training)
Mon & Tues, April 27 – 28 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Online
Tues, Apr 28 | 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Networking Skills Online (Mitacs Training)
Thu, April 30 | 09:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Presentation Skills Online (Mitacs Training)
Fri, May 1 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Additional Events and Opportunities
The following highlights some upcoming events. Please find more on and
Building Multimodal, Nonlinear, and Interactive Learning Experiences: A Deep Dive into the Tapestry Tool
Mon, April 27 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM,
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NIH OITE webinars: resiliency, industry and academic careers, publishing, picking a postdoc
Various days and times,
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2020 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC; via Canvas)
Apr 22 – 30,
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Wellness and Technology
Tue, Apr 28 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM,
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Here2Talk: free, confidential counselling for post-secondary students
Available 24/7 via app, phone and web,
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Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Summer Institute 2020
June 8 – 19 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM,
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