UBC Positive Space Campaign – Workshops Available


The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to help make UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, transgender, transsexual, gender variant, two-spirit and intersex (LGBQTTI) communities, individuals and issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus. It aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.

Resource Persons display their Positive Space posters at their UBC work, living or study environment to let others know that these are places where anyone can turn for support, resources and referrals on a wide variety of LGBQTTI issues. Before receiving the poster, every volunteer Resource Person participates in a training session to strengthen their understanding of issues related to homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, queer culture and local resources. Additionally, Resource Persons have the opportunity to participate in further specialized training, should they so desire.

When: March 17, 28 or April 25, 2014
For more information: Visit positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops

New grad student orientation schedule and event registration + work learn positions



The new graduate student orientation schedule http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/schedules/august-2013/ is now up-to-date with all registration information for the GSS events being offered through orientation week.  Their events include campus and museum tours, the boat cruise, disorientation party and more.  Current graduate students as well as family members of incoming students are welcome to attend many of these events.

Volunteer spaces remain for main orientation day. If you are available to help welcome new graduate students to UBC, please register here http://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g2a5b .


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has openings for two work learn positions for the 2013/14 academic year and current graduate students are encouraged to apply. The positions are:

WL W13 GPS, CASI Student Assistant (CareersOnline Job ID: 801177)

WL W13 Human Resources and Postdoctoral Fellows Office Assistant (CareersOnline Job ID: 801082)

The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers is also seeking a graduate student for the following Work Learn Position

Community Animator, Graduate Student Career Development (CareersOnline Job ID: 801431)


Graduate Pathways to Success workshops return beginning Wednesday, Sept 4th with “Awards and Scholarships”.   A growing list of fall sessions may be found on the GPS site https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/gps-graduate-pathways-success/gps-workshops-events

Registration for all GPS workshops opens on Mondays, the week prior to the workshop.

August Grad Student Workshops at UBC Library


Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? Email research.commons@ubc.ca for an appointment.


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley

Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? Email research.commons@ubc.ca to set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our citation management experts

Citation Management Using RefWorks:

Citation Management Using Mendeley:

Citation Management Using Zotero:


Advanced Medline Searching

Conducting a literature or systematic review on a health or medical topic? Dive into the complexities of Medline and learn more about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), subheadings, keyword searching, limits, and filters with this practical, hands-on workshop.

Introduction to Medline

If you’re doing health science research you need to know how to search in Medline, the premier database for the health sciences. This workshop provides a broad introduction to Medline, including what content is included, the difference between Medline, Pubmed, and OvidSP, and searching using keywords and subject headings (MeSH). The format will Include both a short lecture and time for hands-on practice.