Latest updates from the PSI network, as well as photos, videos, and other material from past events.
Climate Emergency Fund recipients share back: Public Scholars Initiative
Thursday, 13 October 2022
The Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) is an award-winning program at UBC that is recognized for its excellence in supporting and promoting doctoral students in undertaking impactful research for the public good.
Public Scholars Initiative project report now available
Friday, 27 October 2017
The report on the first two years of the pilot project Public Scholars Initiative is ready. Now in its third year, the PSI has funded 115 students from all disciplines across UBC who have worked and are working as part of their doctoral scholarship with over 100 different partner organizations in 32 countries.
Public Scholars Initiative receives 2016/17 Helen McCrae Award
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
On March 30, 2016, the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) received the 2016/17 Helen McCrae Award during the UBC Vancouver Student Development Awards. This award recognizes a service for students provided by the AMS, GSS, or UBC in honour of Helen McCrae’s commitment and contributions to community.
Video: Engaging Education for Public Good
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
The first event of the 2017 PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series took place on 26 January 2017. In this event, Engaging Education for Public Good, 7 PhD students from UBC's Public Scholars Initiative talked about their education-related research, and how it can make a positive contribution in and out of the university. Watch the full video here.
PhDs Go Public is Back!
Thursday, 5 January 2017
The PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series returns in 2017 with five dynamic events, where doctoral students tell their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes. Save the date for January 26, March 15, March 23, April 12, and May 4.
PSI Announces its 2016-17 Scholars
Monday, 19 September 2016
Now entering its second year, UBC's Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) welcomes 40 new doctoral students to its network, in addition to the 39 from last year. Congratulations to our 2016-17 scholars! Stay tuned for upcoming PSI events in the fall.
PSI's First Graduate Dr. Sarah Munro Receives Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships
Thursday, 18 August 2016
As an outstanding doctoral student and first graduate of UBC's Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), Dr. Sarah Munro (Interdisciplinary Studies) is now set to continue her knowledge translation research through a postdoc co-funded by CIHR and MSFHR.
The Socially Responsible University
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Listen to the recording: How can the 21st century university best contribute to the public good, and make a meaningful impact in addressing global challenges? Featuring academic leaders in social responsibility, the Socially Responsible University Panel sought answers to such questions.
PSI March Info Sessions
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Listen to the recording: UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) provides academic and financial support (up to $10,000), professional development, and networking opportunities for doctoral students pursuing impactful, collaborative scholarship relevant to a diversity of careers.
Innovation, University, and the Public Good
Sunday, 7 February 2016
Joining as a guest speaker to UBC Public Scholars Initiative's innovation-themed research talk event, UBC's Innovation Catalyst Angus Livingstone discussed how universities (and its graduate students) can promote innovation while purposefully generating positive social impact.
Event: Innovation for Public Good
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Promoting innovation is central to the mandate of a research-intensive university; so is advancing the public good. But how do they go together? In the second event of the PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, seven PhD students from UBC's Public Scholars Initiative share how they've made that connection in their dissertation research.
Five Lessons on Rethinking the PhD
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) brought together faculty, staff, and students to continue the conversation on the future of the PhD, and how we can better prepare ourselves for it. Here are some takeaways.
Report: UBC's Public Scholars Initiative as a way to "rethink the PhD"
Monday, 30 November 2015
In a recently published report featured by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, UBC Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Susan Porter and Assistant Dean Jennifer Phelps introduce the Public Scholars Initiative as a pilot program offering an integrated approach to doctoral scholarship and career development.
Why Academics Need To Be Storytellers
Friday, 20 November 2015
VIDEO: Speaking at the inaugural session of the PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, Emmy Award-winner journalist and UBC faculty Peter Klein makes a call to scholars at all levels to be storytellers to elicit positive social change.
Being a Public Scholar: Professor Wade Davis’ Address to Doctoral Students
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
In his inspiring talk delivered at the inauguration of the Public Scholars Initiative, UBC Professor of Anthropology Wade Davis challenges graduate students to act as "entrepreneurs of knowledge".