2020/2021 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded to 26 UBC researchers
Thursday, 15 July 2021
Twenty doctoral students at UBC have received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS), and six postdoctoral fellows have received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Impact story: the climate crisis
Monday, 7 June 2021
The climate crisis ranks among one of the most crucial forces that is shaping the livelihoods of younger generations. Worried for their futures, students have been empowered as social change agents through acts of activism, putting pressure on higher powers. UBC consistently ranks among the top universities for taking urgent action to fight climate change, and UBC students have had a huge impact in this.
G+PS Message on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School
Friday, 4 June 2021
For far too long, Indigenous parents, families and communities whose children were stolen by residential schools and who never returned home, have been calling for answers. They have demanded accountability for the emotional, physical and sexual abuse, malnourishment and harsh conditions children were forced to endure, and have long sought support for investigation and protection of those sites where children were buried.
Meet the 2021 Governor General’s Gold Medal recipients
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
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.
Congratulations to the master's and doctoral students graduating this June
Monday, 31 May 2021
More than 1,700 master's and doctoral students have earned the right to cross the virtual stage this Spring. Everyone being honoured this June has their own story of hard work, challenges, setbacks, and achievements.
Revisiting the UBC PhD Career Outcomes project
Thursday, 8 April 2021
The UBC PhD Career Outcomes was the first comprehensive report of doctoral career outcomes from an institution in Canada, and provided UBC’s graduate programs, students, and prospective students with data to inform their thinking and planning around program elements, career preparation.
2021 Three-Minute Thesis winners announced
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Ten graduate students took the virtual stage this Wednesday in a competition to find out who could best summarize and present years of research in only three minutes. The winners were Tebogo T. Leepile, from LFS, Jennifer Ferris, from Medicine, and Sarah Morris, from Science.
Message on Anti-Asian Racism
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
All of us at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies dean’s office strongly uphold President Ono’s recent message of solidarity with members of our Asian communities, and re-affirm our commitment to combatting all forms of racism, discrimination, and hate, here and in the broader societies in which we live, study, and work.
Meet the 2021 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize recipients
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies congratulates the winners of the 2021 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize. This year’s recipients come from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine.
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 "