LFS softball message to LFS grad students


LFS Softball is back!

LFS’s softball team (the Killer Bees?) is getting back together and will be taking on our cross-Main Mall rivals in the Faculty of Forestry on July 6th! And this time…we’ll have matching team T-shirts. To prepare, we’re having practices on Wednesdays at 1pm throughout June (meet in the McMillan courtyard).

Want to join the team? Great! Let Duncan from the LFS Learning Centre know: duncan.mchugh@ubc.ca

No skills or experience necessary, all welcome. If you have a glove, please bring it with you when you play, though we’ll have a couple on hand. Hope to see you on the diamond!




Duncan McHugh
 (He, Him, His)
Digital & Instructional Media Producer | The Learning Centre | lc.landfood.ubc.ca
Sessional Lecturer | LFS 400 | lfs400.landfood.ubc.ca
UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory
Suite 264, 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
t: 604.376.1139 | e: duncan.mchugh@ubc.ca | requests: is@landfood.ubc.ca

Request to share information regarding an interdisciplinary methodologies course with graduate students in Faculty of Land and Food Systems


INDS 502 E – University of British Columbia (V), traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwə’yəm (Musqueam) people


Methodologies of Crossing: Exploring Interdisciplinary Knowledges, Trajectories, and Worldviews 


Professor: Dr. Rajdeep S. Gill

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 7:00pm (online), September – December 2022

Email contact: rajdeep.gill@ubc.ca


Course Description


This course offers a creative and collaborative approach to understanding and exploring interdisciplinary constructions of knowledges across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The methodological, structural and socio-ecological contours of diverse historical and contemporary formations of interdisciplinarity will be intricately examined. There will be a strongly focus on the interrelationship of knowledges and value, interdisciplinarities and public reason.


Along with in-depth dialogue and experiential learning, guest speakers from the UBC community and beyond will be invited to enrich interdisciplinary engagement and learning. A supportive and exploratory space will be created for connecting interdisciplinarity to the specific research, methodological and personal interests of each course participant.


No background in interdisciplinary research is required, and students from any and all areas of study are welcome. Curiosity, adventurousness, imagination and creativity will be encouraged. The desire to expand avenues of knowledge exchange and translation across academic, community and public contexts will be welcomed and supported.

Support UBC Undergraduate Research – become a mentor!


My name is Tyrone and I’m reaching out on behalf of the AMS-constituted UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) club that runs the Research EXperience (REX) program! REX pairs undergraduate students with post-doctoral and graduate students to design a research project.

We are currently looking for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in committing a minimum of 4 hours each month to act as a mentor. If this opportunity interests you and you would like to become a mentor, please fill out our initial registration form here (the final registration opens in August). This is a great opportunity for graduate students to gain mentorship, leadership, and management skills. Furthermore, the REX program assists mentors on the lookout for promising students to take into their research groups through direct evaluation for 6 months (October to March).

At the end of the REX program, the undergraduate students present their finished projects at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), one of BC’s largest undergraduate research conferences. The 2021-2022 REX program saw the participation of over 150 mentors and 450 undergraduate applicants. This program provides enthusiastic undergraduates with a low-barrier and accessible avenue to engage with research early in their academic careers, a valuable opportunity that many may otherwise not be able to experience.

Further information:

REX Mentor Brochure

REX website

We kindly ask you to forward this email to the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on your team, and encourage them to take part in this great opportunity. We sincerely appreciate your help in supporting undergraduate research at the University of British Columbia.

If you have any questions, comments or other inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at rex.uro.ubc@gmail.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Tyrone Borja

REX Committee Co-Chair

UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Global Reporting Program opportunity for LFS students


Dear students,


We would like to inform you of the opportunity to apply to the Global Reporting Program (GRP), which offers graduate students the chance to research an under-covered global issue and produce a major work of journalism/knowledge mobilization. This course involves master’s journalism students partnering with graduate students with subject-area expertise and interest, as well as graduate students at partner institutions around the world.


For 2022-23, the topic is food security:


Three Cs — coronavirus, climate change, and conflict — have contributed to an historic global food crisis and huge food price spikes worldwide. all play a role in global hunger. The pandemic has disrupted supply chains and labour forces. Climate change is threatening crops and livestocks worldwide. And the war in Ukraine is having a measurable effect on wheat, among other food supplies. This year, students will collaborate on a work of journalism that looks at the vulnerabilities in food supply chains, the systems that have brought about these vulnerabilities, and the impact of food insecurity.


As always, students will determine the framing and focus for this project. We plan to have a major media partner and a professional journalist as partners this coming academic year, so students will have opportunities to do global fieldwork and contribute to a major work of journalism.


This is a two-term 6-credit course out of the UBC School of Journalism, Writing & Media, JRNL 555A. It requires three hours of class time per week, and significant out-of-class research, as well as fully funded travel to do field reporting. The course runs from September 6, 2022 through April 28, 2023, with two hours of group class time held on Zoom, and an additional one-hour meeting time for teams during “lab” time.


The Global Reporting Program, and its precursor International Reporting Program, have afforded more than 150 students the opportunity to produce major projects for The New York Times, The Guardian, Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, BBC News, CBS News, CBC News, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Huffington Post, and other major news organizations. Past student projects have won some of the top awards from the leading journalism organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy for Best Investigation), Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow), International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Webby Honour), Online News Association (Online Journalism Award), National Media Awards Foundation (Digital Publishing Award), and Editor & Publisher (EPPY).


If you’re interested in applying, please submit the following:


  • Letter
  • of interest – explaining why this course would benefit your studies and what you could bring to the course. Please include details of any relevant professional experience and/or past coursework. Make clear in your application what special skills, background,
  • or experience you have that would contribute to the project. Also, make a case for why this course is right for you and your academic/career goals.


  • CV
  • and an unofficial transcript. Your grades and course load will also be taken into consideration. Feel free to include any other relevant addendums, like past journalism or knowledge mobilization work.


  • Story
  • Proposal – write up a one-page proposal on an aspect of the project topic that could be worth exploring.


The story proposal must show originality, research rigor and feasibility, and it will be used by the admissions committee to help evaluate your ability to conduct high-level research and reporting on a complex global issue. Choose one specific idea within this broad topic, and write a proposal for a story that could be part of a series on this topic. We want specific, well-researched ideas, not a survey of the issue. Think about how your story could be told in a variety of mediums. Your proposal may or may not be chosen to be part of the class project, but most importantly it should illustrate your ability to think through a global story. We’ll be looking for stories that are serious and under-covered by mainstream media.


Admission to the program will be determined by an independent board of scholars and journalists.


Please email a single PDF by July 4th, 2022 with all relevant documents to peter.klein@ubc.ca, and entitle the document as follows: GRP_2022_your Last Name_your First Name.


While the GRP will cover the majority of travel and production costs, please note that there may be some out-of-pocket expenses for students. The costs vary based on destination and equipment students already own (like backpacks, sleeping bags and mosquito nets). Students should budget at least $500 CAD in out-of-pocket costs, including any potential vaccinations needed and food in the field. However, we do not want these potential costs to be an impediment to participating. We have a confidential process in order to allow students to apply for a small travel bursary. The bursary was created by class alumni in order to help future students in need of financial support. (Details will be shared with students who are granted admission.)


If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Professors Peter Klein (peter.klein@ubc.ca) or Kathryn Gretsinger (kathryn.gretsinger@ubc.ca).

GradUpdate – Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions, Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision, Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation, Preparing Excellen



In this issue, Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions, Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision, Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation, Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications, and more.

Seats still available

Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM Register

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


Using Mendeley for citation management
Online | Monday, Jun 20 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM Register


IPBOC STEM Network Summer Social
In person | A social at Koerner’s Pub for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math women and gender-diverse persons to build community with other IBPOC women and non-binary people.
Monday, Jun 27 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM Register


Mitacs Work Ready Training
Online | Asynchronous and synchronous sessions
There are many June sessions available on topics including Project and time managment, Project communication planning, Sound leadership and team building, and more. Learn more


Introduction to Git and GitHub
Online | Monday, Jun 20 | 10:00 – 11:45 AM Register


Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Register

Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision
In person | Wednesday, Jun 22 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Register

Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation
In person | Thursday, Jun 23 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Register