Alumna spotlight: Adrianna Spyker
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
When Adrianna Spyker began her undergraduate degree, she had her heart set on being a medical professional. Then she went to Ecuador as part of her program, to work in hospitals. “Although the trip was purposed around that medical experience, I was hit emotionally by the social inequality and the political imposition on people's lives.
Student Spotlight: Najah Adreak
Monday, 8 February 2021
When Najah Adreak decided to pursue a Master of Science in Surgery at UBC, she already had been trained in cardiothoracic surgery in the Tripoli’s largest tertiary center, the Tripoli Medical Center, in Libya. The international cardiac surgeon trainee was motivated by memories of early childhood, when a close friend could not access the heart surgery she needed.
Student spotlight: Juma Orach
Monday, 1 February 2021
Growing up in Uganda, Juma Orach was inspired by his mother’s work as nurse and midwife at a local hospital. “I often saw people come to our home to speak with my mom and get advice. She was always generous with her knowledge. Seeing that and the impact she had made me want to become a doctor, so I could help our community too.”
Dr. Porter receives award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies receives the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education, for her passionate advocacy and invaluable contributions to UBC and the international graduate education community.
Minimum funding for PhD students raised
Monday, 18 January 2021
In December, the Graduate Council voted to raise minimum funding for PhD students in the first four years of their training from $18,000 to $22,000 as of September 2021. While average funding to PhD students is much higher, this is an important step to ensure that some basic level of funding is provided to all entering PhD students as a guarantee.
Congratulations to the 2020/21 University Killam Professors
Friday, 15 January 2021
On January 14, 2021 UBC announced the appointment of six new University Killam Professors. This is the highest honour that UBC can confer on a faculty member. University Killam Professors are exceptional teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields, and have received international recognition for their talents and achievements. The 2020/21 University Killam Professors are:
Performance, Commissions, and Protest: The Political Pianist
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
UBC Public Scholar and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA) candidate Benjamin Hopkins recently commissioned two pieces with political contexts based on today’s global events: Joel Thompson's "My Dungeon Shook - 3 American Preludes," and Peter Shin's "
Congratulations to the master's and doctoral students graduating this fall
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
More than 1,270 master's and doctoral students have earned the right to cross the virtual stage this year, and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours. Everyone being honoured this fall has their own story of hard work, challenges, setbacks, and achievements.
Meet the 2020 recipients of the Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
Monday, 9 November 2020
Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients of the Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring, Dr. Kiran Soma, Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
2019 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship announced
Monday, 2 November 2020
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $26 million over the next four years to support 540 doctoral researchers across Canada through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowships competition.
Honouring this year's Indigenous graduates
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Congratulations to all Indigenous graduate students who graduated in 2020! On June 27, the First Nations House of Learning is hosting a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
This year’s Spring graduation will be held online, and while the ceremony will include many elements of a traditional ceremony, there will be some unique ones as well. More than 1,270 master's and doctoral students have earned the right to cross the virtual stage this year, and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.
Meet this year’s Governor General’s Gold Medal recipients
Monday, 8 June 2020
The Governor General’s Gold Medal is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. One gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a master’s student completing a thesis. And a second gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student.
Public Scholar alumna wins the Starkey-Robinson Award for Graduate Research on Canada
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Public Scholars Initiative alumna, Jessica Hallenbeck, has won the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Starkey-Robinson Award for Graduate Research on Canada, in recognition of high-quality graduate research that furthers understanding of the geography of Canada.
Working Towards Change: MPPGA Alumni Confront the COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) alumni are responding to the COVID-19 situation with policies, recommendations, and actions in professional roles that span the public and private sectors, and non-governmental agencies. We heard from twelve MPPGA alumni about what their current policy work entails and how is it impacting their organization and key stakeholders, both in Canada and across the world.
On this International Women’s Day, meet our amazing grad students
Sunday, 8 March 2020
In honour of this year’s International Women’s Day, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies wants to highlight some of the amazing research by our graduate students. From studying socio-cultural dynamics that shape our perceptions of morality, to practicing empowerment journalism, to mapping Indigenous sovereignty through assurgency, the breadth and range of research projects is vast.
Interview with G+PS Dean on why and how doctoral education needs to change
Monday, 3 February 2020
Dr. Susan Porter, past President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and Dean & Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of British Columbia(UBC), shared her reflections on why and how doctoral education needs to change to better serve academia and society in the 21st century, at the 4th UKCGE International Conference on Doctoral Education and Training.
Congratulations to this fall's graduating master’s and doctoral students!
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
From November 27 to November 29, UBC holds graduation ceremonies to students receiving their baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Everyone crossing the stage this fall has their own story of hard work, challenges, setbacks, and achievements. Some of these year’s graduates include: