About GPS

The Graduate Pathways to Success program was launched in 2008. Graduate Pathways to Success was made possible through the vision of former dean, Barbara Evans, and was founded on the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) first introduced in 2002 in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Under the leadership of Associate Dean, Dr. Susan Porter and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, the Graduate Pathways to Success program quickly gained acceptance and recognition. In 2011, it received UBC's Helen McCrae Award for excellence in providing student support. Jacqui Brinkman has been the Graduate Pathways to Success Program Manager since 2011. Lina Yu was the Graduate Pathways to Success Program Assistant from 2010 to 2017. Lennie Cheung, MSc (UBC), is the current Program Assistant.

Graduate Pathways to Success is designed to complement academic programs and enable graduate students to develop some of the personal, professional and academic competencies critical to success in their program and future careers.  The aim is to help students develop the capacity to make a difference for good in the world.  Like other Pathways systems, our program aims to help graduate students to map a successful route through their journey at UBC and beyond.

For general information about the Graduate Pathways to Success program, or to ask specific questions about the program, contact:

Jacqui Brinkman

Jacqui Brinkman, Manager,  Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Lennie Cheung
Lennie Cheung, Program Assistant, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Rachel Fernandez
Dr. Rachel Fernandez, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Student Professional Development
For information about the philosophy and approaches underlying the original development of Graduate Pathways to Success, or for special project ideas, contact:
Susan Porter
Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost.

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The Graduate Pathways to Success program is housed at:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
6371 Crescent Road
Point Grey Campus, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2