Grad Recruitment | UBC IRES | Resources, Environment & Sustainability


The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at UBC is currently accepting applications to our graduate program. Our core faculty are co-appointed across UBC, in SPPGA, IOF, SCARP, Geography, Mechanical Engineering, GRSJ, EOAS, Zoology, LFS, and Psychology.

Please consider circulating the attached poster to any individuals in your community that may be interested. Competitive funding is available for top students in addition to the minimum stipend of CAD $22,000 for all PhD students at UBC.

If you could also help by liking, re-sharing/re-posting our social media posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn we would be very grateful!

Thank you,

Nivretta Thatra
Communications Manager
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory |


LFS Hiring 2 TA Coordinators (Deadline EXTENDED to Nov 1)


Dear LFS Research Graduate Students,

Are you interested in in enhancing student learning experiences and fostering our faculty’s teaching community? Are you organized. efficient, and able to plan and execute events? Do you possess excellent communication skills?

LFS is looking for up to two TA Coordinators to run the LFS TA Training Program, which seeks to enhance the professional development and community of practice for Teaching Assistants of LFS courses. The position involves evaluating TA needs, coordinating workshops and Orientation, organizing community of practice opportunities for/with LFS TAs, and preparing funding applications. This position is expected to pay the GTA salary for a 96 hour contract over 12 months, to be used at the discretion of the successful candidates. Ideally, the positions will be filled by students who will be in LFS for 2 or more years, to provide continuity for the program.

Interested individuals are encouraged to review the attached document for additional details, and direct questions to the previous TA Training Program Coordinators, Tebogô Leëpile ( or Lennie Cheung (

To apply for the position, please contact Dr. Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Academic ( by Nov 1, 2021 with the subject line: (TA Training Coordinator Position Application – [First Name, Last Name].

Please Note:  If we are unable to fill the positions this year, professional development and community-building opportunities for TAs will decrease, and we will have to forfeit funding for the program.


UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture – Accepting Applications for 2022


The 2022 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications

Learn how to grow food with the hands-on UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture! Gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming and join a network of incredible people who will support you along the way.

Practicum participants carry out seasonal farming activities with leadership provided by UBC Farm staff in the greenhouses, gardens, fields, orchards, and at our farmers’ markets. In addition, the program includes numerous guest speakers, field trips to various farming operations within the province, and access to a plot at the UBC Farm for individual and shared production.

The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program. The program is part-time (20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems.

The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare gem, the largest urban farm in Vancouver, British Columbia, and situated on a site with numerous research, educational, and community outreach activities.

Application deadline: November 1st.  

Interested in finding out more? Join the Practicum Open House (virtual) on Wednesday, October 20th, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  We will provide a forum to ask questions and provide a virtual tour of the site from the perspective of the program.  Registration is required.

Please note: To enroll in the Practicum program, you do NOT have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student; however, 6-9 academic credits are available for interested university students.

Find out more:


Seth Friedman

Practicum Coordinator

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

3461 Ross Drive | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Phone 604 822 5092 | Fax 604 822 6839 |

Thesis Defense – Applied Animal Biology – PhD – Laura Whalin



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Applied Animal Biology)

Laura Katherine Whalin

“Applying the Natural Living Construct of Animal Welfare to Dairy Calf Management”

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 9:30AM



Chair: Dr. H. Wittman

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. L. Lavkulich – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. D. Kitts – University Examiner
Dr. C. Brauner – University Examiner
Dr. A. Fisher – External Examiner

URGENT SUPPORT REQUIRED: Entrepreneurship Course For Graduate Students: Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506)


Annually, we reach out with the goal of promoting a truly practical, experiential and real-world course focused on technology entrepreneurship.

Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506) has been running for over 25 years and has facilitated many entrepreneurial ventures and realized numerous successful breakout companies such as DWaveZymeworks, Barrelwise and Recon Instruments – just to name a few.   This course pairs graduate business and APSC/STEM students to provide an experience-based introduction into the lean start-up process. It is a real-life simulation of the process that founders go through when starting a high-tech company. Students will be faced with the key issues involved in evaluating market opportunities, building a prototype, designing profitable business models, producing a solid business plan, raising capital, addressing legal considerations and developing a winning team. Students will gain the skills and tools to creatively commercialize high-tech research into profitable businesses. Teams will be expected to develop credible pitches that will be made to industry professionals.  Some of these student companies go on to participate in e@UBCthe Hatch and Creative Destruction Lab.

The core of the course runs on Wednesday evenings from January-April 2022; and there are 3 critical and mandatory preliminary classes that take place in late November/early December dedicated to team formation (Nov 18, 25 and Dec 2 – 6pm).  The course is taught by a team of business and STEM/APSC instructors for a well-rounded business and technical perspective.

The course has an application process for admission as it is very competitive with an early admission application deadline of October 15th and a final application deadline of November 7th . Further details regarding the course are available at

We have had strong interest from your faculty in the past, and would greatly appreciate your support to promote the course amongst your graduate students.

To further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course.

Please let us know how we can support your promotion of this course, and feel free to contact us should you require any further information.  We will follow-up by email and phone in the near future.

Warmest Regards

DJ (David) Miller
UBC-Sauder School of Business