Advance, January 2017: Supervision Resolutions, Scholarship updates, and more

A SALA professor and student. Photo credit: Martin Dee/UBC Communications & Marketing

Graduate Supervision Resolutions for 2017

Graduate students consistently say they want more meaningful contact with their supervisors. And, as a supervisor, my students’ energy and fresh perspectives immeasurably improve my own scholarship. As we start a new year, there’s no better time to review your supervision practice, and considers ways to improve in 2017.
For inspiration, some faculty members across campus – from newer to more seasoned supervisors – have shared their supervision resolutions.


UBC students. Photo credit: Paul Joseph/UBC Communications & Marketing

New Doctoral Scholarships for International Students

Top students have many options when choosing a graduate school, and funding packages can sway their choices. This year, we are pleased to announce several new or expanded scholarships for international students, to help you recruit the best candidates for your programs.


UBC students at the 2015 Student Leadership Conference. Photo credit: Justin Lee

MoveUBC: Encourage Movement for Healthier, Happier Graduate Students

As February approaches, excitement on campus is building for the kick off to MoveUBC month!  MoveUBC is a university-wide campaign to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior amongst students, staff, faculty and the UBC community. 

In graduate school, it can be challenging to find time to regularly dedicate towards physical activity. Evidence show that increasing physical activity has many health benefits.


Rachel Fernandez, Associate Dean,  Postdoctoral Fellows Office & Student Professional Development

Spotlight on: Associate Dean Rachel Fernandez

"In addition to serving our students and postdocs, we also serve our faculty. We offer best practices for graduate student supervision, we uphold UBC policies surrounding graduate education, we embrace scholarship in all its forms, and we are data-driven," says Rachel Fernandez, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Office & Student Professional Development



A man typing on a computer

Free Nature Masterclasses on writing and publishing

UBC faculty, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can now access Nature Masterclasses, a series of 15 free online modules by the editors of Nature. Learn about the publishing process from start to finish, including:

  • how to get the most out of the writing process
  • how the manuscript selection process works
  • what happens to your paper after submission
  • what it takes to get published in top journals.

Register and access the training at from any UBC computer, including UBC-Okanagan. If accessing from home, you must use VPN. This training will be available for the next 12 months.

UBC’s subscription to Nature Masterclasses was made possible by the generous support of the Faculties of Applied Science, Medicine, Science, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; the IsoSiM and High-Dimensional Bioinformatics NSERC CREATE training programs, and the CIHR Bridge training program.

Graduate Studies in the News

Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing

This article discusses ideas for teaching your graduate students how to avoid feeling as if they don’t belong in academe.

2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Results

CAPS-ACSP is excited to officially release the 2016 Canadian National Postdoc Survey Report and Executive Summary.

UBC introduces 10-month Master of Data Science program

The Ubyssey profiled the newly launched Master of Data Science program. This is just one of many new professional master's programs that have launched at UBC in the past few years.

What I wish I knew as an early-career professor

A number of professors share the wisdom they gained over the course of their academic careers.

Dealing with mental health: a guide for professors

A student offers a list of tips for professors on how to support students who may be dealing with mental health issues.

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