Advance, June 2021: Spring graduation, 2020 Killam PDF Research Prize recipients, and more

In this issue of Advance, read our message on the missing children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Learn about the Graduate COVID Program Delay Tuition Award, the G+PS advertising service and this year's graduation celebration. Help us spread the word about the 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellows Research Prize recipients and the 2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health winners.   

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COVID-19 Updates

For the most up-to-date COVID-19-related information pertaining to graduate students please visit the G+PS website. There you can find information on finance, dissertations, housing, supports for international students, and more. Visit the Faculty & Staff portal for the latest message sent to programs. 

The Postdoctoral Fellows Office has also created a COVID-19 page on the PDFO website detailing supports and resources for postdoctoral fellows during the COVID-19 outbreak, including current online professional development offerings and health and wellness supports.

on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

On June 4, 2021 the Dean's Office, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, released a message in solidarity with and support of the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation and all Indigenous Peoples of Canada in calling on the federal government to work with residential school Survivors and Indigenous governments to develop and implement strategies for the ongoing investigation and protection of burial sites. The message also acknowledges that Canada’s and UBC’s graduate education enterprise has played a role of complicity. 

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In memoriam: Dr. John Grace

With his family, friends, and his many colleagues and former mentees across the world, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies dean’s office mourns the loss of Dr. John Grace, the Dean of this Faculty from 1990-96. Dr. Grace was a renowned scholar in the field of chemical engineering, and contributed substantially to the development of cleaner technologies for industrial processes and energy production. As Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dr. Grace was instrumental in establishing UBC’s two graduate colleges, Green College and St. John’s College, and a large number of new interdisciplinary units, which were then under the oversight of the Faculty.

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Graduate COVID Program Delay Tuition Award

UBC is launching the Graduate COVID Program Delay Tuition Award, a new award to support graduate students whose academic and/or research progress was delayed by disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $4.4M will be distributed over the course of six years to eligible graduate students. The program has been designed so that an application is not required: awards will be automatically assigned to eligible students when they reach their eligibility milestone.  

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Fill open Master, PhD and Postdoc positions with the G+PS advertising service

Submit your open positions to our promotional/recruitment service and let us do the work for you. Enter details and requirements for the role using our form, and sit back as we distribute the position to up to 10 career portals. The service is free to you. In the case of Nature Careers, the advertising fee of US$699 is also covered by us. 

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Celebrating this year's graduates

More than 1,700 master's and doctoral students earned the right to cross the virtual stage this Spring. Everyone honoured this June had their own story of hard work, fond memories, experiences, challenges, and achievements. G+PS celebrated graduates by sharing doctoral citations through our Twitter channel on the day of graduation. To view citations for all of this year's graduates, as well as testimonials by doctoral graduates on what reaching graduation means to them, and what they will miss the most of their doctoral journey, visit the G+PS 2021 Virtual Graduation page. If you didn't catch graduate Dr. Laura Yvonne Bulk's student speech at the ceremony, view it below:



We also celebrated the 2021 Governor General’s Gold Medal recipients. This year’s master’s recipient was Nevena Rebic from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the doctoral recipient was Dr. Madeleine Ransom from the Philosophy program, in the Faculty of Arts. 

2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize Recipients

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies congratulates the winners of the 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize. This year’s recipients are Dr. Miriam Cabero Müller, a postdoc in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science, and Dr. Ryan Hoiland, a postdoc in the Departments of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Cellular and Physiological Sciences, both in the Faculty of Medicine.

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2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health winners announced

Sixteen graduate students and medical residents have received this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. The award supports learning and research opportunities for those working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career. This year’s recipients range from a variety of programs, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Experimental Medicine, and Kinesiology. 

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UBC internal Banting competition now open

As Canada’s pre-eminent trainee competition, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is one of the most sought-after fellowship opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. The objective of the program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent. In order to ensure that the highest-quality applicants are nominated for the national competition, UBC conducts an Internal Banting Competition, which will identify the strongest applicants to receive the institutional endorsement. The deadline to apply for the UBC Internal Banting Competition is Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT.

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Thesis formatting Assistance at KOerner research commons discontinued

As of June 30, 2021, UBC Library will no longer offer thesis formatting workshops or support. Students are encouraged to explore the many online resources that provide guidance on thesis formatting. For templates and FAQs, please direct them to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website

Celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week: September 20-24

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week is from September 20 – 24, 2021, and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office wants to hear from you! How will you be celebrating your postdocs?

Please share the information with the PDFO at so we can include the event on our website. Information about the PDFO’s NPAW events will be shared on our website and via the Postdoc Bulletin newsletter in late summer. We look forward to celebrating NPAW with you!