Three G+PS projects made possible through strategic investment fund

We are thrilled to announce that three projects proposed by or involving Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be funded as part of the university’s commitment to implementing its new strategic plan.

The proposals represent areas of strategic priority for our unit, including the cultivation of an environment and practices that support graduate student community and wellbeing, postdoctoral fellow career development, and a strong commitment to engagement with Indigenous communities and support of Indigenous students.

To learn more about each funded project, read the descriptions below.

Enhancing Graduate Student Community

This project – which is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society, VP-Students Office and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – aims to explore the feasibility of creating a vibrant Graduate Life Centre at UBC. It also aims to pilot a program to encourage and support enhanced intellectual community within and between graduate programs.

Related strategy(ies): Strategy 15: Student Experience
Project sponsor: Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Student Society, and Vice-President Students
Target end date: Winter 2020
Progress: On track

More information: Enhancing Graduate Student Community (PDF)

Postdoc Career In-Site Project

UBC is home to more than 850 postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) who span all 12 faculties, over 90 departments and 10 hospitals and affiliated sites. The Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) – in partnership with the UBC Postdoctoral Association – proposes the creation of a pilot project called Postdoc Career In-Sites. The program will facilitate postdoc engagement with organizations and individuals through a series of group site visits as well as networking events with a variety of community and corporate partners. The Postdoc Career In-Sites program aims to provide PDFs with exposure to a variety of opportunities available outside of the academy; to assist PDFs in cultivating meaningful connections and professional networks; to raise awareness of UBC’s PDF community to external partners; and to aid postdoctoral fellows in their transition to a fulfilling post-PDF career.

Related strategy(ies): Strategy 13: Practical Learning
Project sponsor: Dean, Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Target end date: Winter 2020
Progress: On track

More information: Postdoc Career In-Sites Project (PDF)

Expanding ‘Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement’ (SAGE) Across the Institution

The Faculty of Education has established and supported the highly successful Indigenous graduate student initiative – Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) – for the last 12 years. This project seeks to establish and mentor a critical mass of Indigenous graduate students by extending the SAGE initiative beyond the Faculty of Education in two ways: firstly, expanding it across UBC faculties/programs by working in partnership with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS). Secondly, it will build on the work of the Aboriginal Transitions: Undergraduate to Graduate Phase 1 Report, which was funded by and prepared for the Ministry of Advanced Education and Training.

Related strategy(ies): Strategy 1: Great People
Project sponsor: Associate Dean, Indigenous Education (Faculty of Education) and Dean, Faculty of Graduate + Postdoctoral Studies
Target end date: Winter 2021
Progress: On track

More information: Expanding SAGE Across the Institution (PDF)

Monday, 07 January 2019