GradProspect, January 2024

Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2024 issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students of UBC’s graduate programs. This month, whether you are aiming to start grad school in 2024 or thinking further ahead, we have something for you!

We highlight how you can identify programs, research projects, and supervisors that are still recruiting for a 2024 start. Two of our faculty members provide some insightful application advice. Plus, we explore some amazing spaces on campus and catch up with the latest news from across UBC. 

Applications are still open for a September 2024 start

Many of our graduate programs are still accepting applications to start in September 2024. Check application deadlines by program in the Application Deadlines section of our Application & Admission page.

Research projects, programs, and supervisors recruiting students 

Visit our research projects page to review open research projects and faculty recruiting students. Below is a selection of projects and programs actively recruiting. 

Upcoming info sessions

We have a range of great info sessions coming up featuring faculty, staff and students from across UBC. See the full list of upcoming info sessions including program and departmental sessions on our info sessions page. 

MEd Programs Info Session
January 15 at 4.30 PM (Zoom)

This online information session is for educational professionals seeking to continue their studies through our MEd programs, beginning in September 2024. This a great opportunity to learn about programs, the application process and meet faculty, staff and students. Register

Professional Master's programs in Forestry
January 17 at 10 AM (Zoom)

UBC Forestry’s accelerated Professional Master’s degrees offer the opportunity to deepen your technical skills, hone your leadership abilities and expand your professional networks. Join us on January 17, and learn directly from program directors, instructors and advising staff in our exclusive panel discussion, and find out which program is right for you. Register

Applying to grad school at UBC  
January 19 at 10 AM (LinkedIn and Zoom)

In this session, we’ll break down the graduate school application at UBC. Explaining the process, key application elements and we provide some tips on strengthening your application. Register

Online Master's of Rehabilitation Science Info Session
January 23 at 10 AM (Zoom)

This information session will provide insight into the program, its courses, electives and admissions info. Plus we'll show how the MRSc degree will position you for career advancement opportunities such as expert practitioner, clinical educator, practice lead, healthcare manager, or consultant in program evaluation. Register


Campus spaces

More than 400 hectares in size, our stunning Vancouver campus is surrounded by forest on three sides and ocean on the fourth – with Vancouver’s downtown core just a 30-minute bus ride away! The campus has been located on this site for most of its 100-year history; a location that is the traditional territory of the Musqueam people. Throughout campus you'll find amazing facilities and inspring spaces. Below are just a few you'll be able to explore as a UBC grad student. 

Meet Big Blue

Big Blue is the name of the blue whale skeleton in the atrium of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Big Blue came here from the coast of Prince Edward Island. Learn more about Big Blue's recovery and journey to UBC.  

Photo credit: Paul H. Joseph / UBC Brand & Marketing

Vancouver's only working farm

UBC Farm's Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) is a dynamic hub for teaching, research, and sustainable food initiatives, striving for a secure food future. As a living laboratory, it addresses local and global challenges, offering students the opportunity to visit and purchase farm-fresh produce. 

Photo credit: Martin Dee / UBC Brand & Marketing

Swim like an Olympian 

The UBC Aquatic Centre is tailored for campus and community use, along with athletic training and competitions. The facility accommodates nearly 1,000 bathers, and the mezzanine viewing area can host up to 460 spectators. The Aquatic Centre features a 25-meter recreational pool with diving boards and an accessible ramp, along with a 50-meter competition pool equipped with the Omega Swiss Timing System.

Photo credit: Paul H. Joseph / UBC Brand & Marketing

Take a beat and smell the roses

A popular meeting spot on campus, the UBC Rose Garden is a feast for the senses. With stunning ocean and mountain views, and more than a dozen types of roses blooming abundantly between June and September, the garden is the perfect place to take a study break.  


Faculty advice 

This month we hear from Professors Michael Hunt and Hadi Dowlatabadi, who provide some general advice on approaching the grad school application. These videos are focused more on applying to research-based programs but provide great insight for anyone considering applying to grad school.





New Dean in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Dr. Michael Anthony Hunt has been appointed Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) effective January 1, 2024. Dr. Hunt was previously Senior Associate Dean, Policy and Programs in G+PS, a role he has held since 2021.

Dr. Hunt has led several new initiatives that have enhanced collaboration and engagement between G+PS and graduate programs, as well as professional development for graduate program administrators across campus. We're excited to welcome Dr. Hunt to this role and pleased he'll be able to continue this impactful work. Read more.


Latest graduate community news

This month we hear how UBC Library is making its first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies widely available through the Shakespeare xR project. We meet UBC medical student Mohit Sodhi whose research has led to him being named one of Forbes “30 under 30” in Healthcare. Plus, we learn about UBC Forestry’s plan to launch its Centre for Wildfire Coexistence. Read more


Ask an ambassador — Working alongside your studies

Many graduate students work part-time to gain extra income and new experiences. This month our ambassadors talk about some of the jobs they've had during their studies.