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Please see the latest Research Commons newsletter below. We hope that you will be willing to share this information with your students, peers, and colleagues.

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Since moving online, our workshops have been filling up like never before. In fact, each time we compose the newsletter we need to remove workshops that fill up before we can even release the newsletter. All of this to say, if you are interested in a workshop, register today!

Have a good week,


Sarah Blay (she, her, hers)
Program Coordinator | UBC Library Research Commons
Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Walter C. Koerner Library | 455-1958 Main Mall | V6T 1Z2 |

Doctoral Exams Deadlines for Fall 2020 Graduation


The deadline for submission of Nominations for External Examiner for PhD candidates wanting to complete on the timeline for Fall Graduation was on Friday. There is still time for students to submit those forms, but they should come in by the end of this week, to reduce the likelihood of a delay in the invitation process.

As a reminder, the other dates candidates need to meet are as follows:

• FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2020 – Doctoral dissertation (and supporting documentation) submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination
• FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 – Last Day for Final Doctoral Oral Examination
• FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2020 – Acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

We also have an information session about the Virtual Defence process on June 16. This session will be advertised in the regular Monday updates from GradUpdate.


Robyn Starkey
Doctoral Exams Coordinator
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
The University of British Columbia 170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 822 3989

GradUpdate – webinars on time management, business writing, procrastination, and more


In this issue, webinars on time management, business writing, procrastination, and more

Open Registration


Time Management
Monday, June 8 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Business Writing
Tuesday, June 9 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Breaking Patterns of Procrastination
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Seats available


Today, Monday, June 1 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM or 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Online registration now closed. Email to register
Additional Events and Opportunities


The following highlights some upcoming events. Please find more on and


Pradeep Khare Memorial Scholarship 2020
Apply by June 26 | For graduate students from India at Canadian Institutions Learn more


How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, June 4 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM Learn more

Get Hired UBC Virtual Fair
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Learn more

Alumni Office Hours with Harriet Ho – Senior Analyst, Analysis Group
Thursday, June 11 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM Learn more

Getting Trolled on the Campaign Trail: How Candidates Address Online Harassment and Incivility, with Grace Lore
Session 2 of 6 of the 2020 Institute for Future Legislators Virtual Series, Thursday, June 11 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM Learn more



Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resource
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Learn more


14 Day Writing Challenge
June 15 – 28 | Register by June 11 Learn more