Community News December 2021

Congratulations to the fall 2021 graduates

From November 23 to 26, 2021, more than 1,400 graduate students received their diplomas. In all, 1,156 Master's and 257 PhD students have earned the right to cross the stage at convocation, from nearly every faculty and discipline. Everyone being honoured this fall has their own story of hard work, challenges, setbacks, and achievements. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office wishes them the best in all their future endeavours.

Read more about some of this fall’s graduates.

UBC post-doc entrepreneur’s invention wins nearly $2M prize from Royals, Elon Musk.

The waste-burning emission reduction invention of a UBC post-doctoral chemical and biological engineering student now has royal recognition and the attention of one of Earth’s most influential billionaires.

Kevin Kung, co-founder, president and chief technical officer of start-up company Takachar, and his partner Vidyut Mohan (co-founder and CEO), were recently presented with an Earthshot Prize in the Clean Air Category, worth $1 million British pounds, as well as another US$250,000—the equivalent of C$1.9 million in total— in the Carbon Dioxide Removal Demonstration student category from the XPrize and Musk Foundation, founded by Elon Musk.

Read more about this amazing achievement and what this means for Kevin.

Second-hand gifts, new experiences: shaking up holiday gift giving

With global and local supply-chain issues, buying gifts for the holidays is challenging this year. Yet in this particularly difficult year, we still crave traditions to see us through. But what if we took a new approach to holiday gift-giving entirely?

“If things are not coming on time, not available, or overpriced because of supply-chain issues, there are other solutions,” says UBC’s Dr. Katherine White. Shifting to more sustainable gift giving could benefit us in many ways.

Read more and gain some tips on moving towards sustainable gift giving.