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Sarah Blay (she, her, hers)
Program Coordinator | UBC Library Research Commons

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GradUpdate – Defending the Doctoral Exam, Thesis and Dissertation Formatting, Stats: Logistics & Poisson Regression, Scientific and Technical Writing, Project Management, Leadership Conversations, and more.


In this issue, Defending the Doctoral Exam, Thesis and Dissertation Formatting, Stats: Logistics & Poisson Regression, Scientific and Technical Writing, Project Management, Leadership Conversations, and more.

Registration now open


Strategies for defending the doctoral exam in a virtual environment
Tuesday, Jan 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Statistics V: Logistics and Poisson Regression
Thursday, Jan 21 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM


Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills (Mitacs Training)
Monday & Tuesday, Jan 25 & 26 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Participants *must* commit to attending both days


Project Management (Mitacs Training)
Wednesday & Thursday, Jan 27 & 28 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Participants *must* commit to attending both days
Note: Due to high demand, we will be assigning spots via lottery. Registration closes end of day Jan 18. Selected participants will be contacted directly


The Six Leadership Conversations
Fridays, Jan 29 & Feb 5 | 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Participants *must* commit to attending both half days


Additional Events and Opportunities


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


International Fellowships for Research in Japan – Information Session with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Wednesday, Jan 13 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM Learn more

Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program
Apply by Jan 15 Learn more

Dissertations and Theses Formatting: Strategies For Successful Submission
Thursday, Jan 21 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM Learn more

Orientation Workshops – Spots available for new and current students:

  • School/Work-Life Balance: Jan 12th | 9:00 – 10:30 AM
  • Soft skills for working in a diverse environment: Jan 15th | 10 – 11:30 AM
  • Keys to Flourishing in Grad School including Career Planning from the Start: Jan 20th |12 – 1:30 PM
  • Building Effective Supervisory Relationships: Feb 4th | 10- 11:30 AM
  • Learn more


Sustainability Scholars Program Information Session
Thursday, Jan 14, 12:00 – 1:30 PM or Tuesday, Jan 19, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Learn more
Apply by Jan 31 for paid summer internship Learn more

Employer Information Session: Tandem Launch
Wednesday, Jan 20 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM Learn more

P/T GRA and GAA positions to support Sr Advisor, Anti-Racisim and Inclusive Excellence
Apply by Jan 22 Learn more



UBC Student Leadership Conference 2021
Saturday, Jan 23, 4:00 – 8:00 PM | Free Learn more


Financial Wellness Peers: New Year, New Budget!
Thursday, Jan 14, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Learn more


Intro to Visualization using Tableau
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Learn more


January 2021 TA Institute

Jan 11 – 15 | A week-long collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change along with the move to online courses. Sessions are organized into 6 themes:

  • Centering Student and TA Wellness
  • Designing for Impactful Teaching
  • Teaching for Inclusion and Accessibility
  • Implementing Impactful Teaching Practices
  • Professional (Interpersonal) Skills
  • Teaching with Technology

If you complete 4 workshops within a theme, and complete the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. View the full schedule of events
and learn more and register.

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
Apply by Jan 20 | Session dates: Jan 25, 30, Feb 3 & 6 | various times Learn more



Online Writing Community
Wednesdays, Jan 13 – Apr 14 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM Learn more

LFS Graduate Student Conference



The 8th annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is currently accepting abstracts for our one-day conference via Zoom happening on Monday, March 15. This conference will include a plenary address, and both poster and oral presentations with associated competitions with cash awards.

All graduate students, as well as post-doctoral students, undergraduate students and graduate students co-supervised by a faculty member in LFS are eligible to present any part of their research or work in their graduate program. This may include but is not limited to final results from a project, a research proposal, a systematic or narrative literature review, or another unique topic related to your research or work area.

Participation in this event is an ideal way to hone your presentation skills in an open academic environment, prepare for other conferences, and add to your CV. Come share your research alongside other graduate students in our diverse faculty with professors and students from across campus.

Submit your abstract here:

*The abstract submission deadline is Sunday, January 31st at 11:59PM

Thanks so much!

Linda Lu

LFS Graduate Student President