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ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter
Monday, October 14, 2019

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Upcoming Events

Call for Paper: ISGP Cutting Edge Journal
The Cutting Edge Journal from the Interdisciplinary Studies in UBC is extending it's call for submissions. We are a graduate, peer-reviwed online journal sponsored by Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program to support the publication of students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We are currently informing the academic and student communities about our call for papers. Our journal is interdisciplinary in nature, so we encourage and welcome students from all disciplines to submit. Our upcoming issue and theme, which revolves around Narrative and the Transformative Journey - a theme that graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Studies in at the UBC may be interested in contributing.
The submission deadline is October 15, 2019, by midnight with submissions directed to:
You may visit our website at

Call for Co-Chairs: ISGP NEXUS Conference
Help contribute to the legacy of the ISGP NEXUS conference by being a junior Co-Chair. The NEXUS conference organizing committee offers mentorship and creative/confidence-boosting opportunities to stretch your interdisciplinary wings. This position requires a serious commitment, including the intention to become a senior Co-Chair for NEXUS 2021.
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter or short video explaining why you would be a great co-chair to by Friday October 18, 2019.

Graduate Skills Foundations Workshop Series
Respectful research is grounded in the principles of reciprocity, action, and anti-oppression. It involves questioning our own position within systems we operate in and identifying our sources of power. It is finding the confidence and skills to use this power to make real change in our research and workplaces. It means addressing oppression within the academy. Doing respectful research requires bravery. Building from our shared experience of being in graduate school (never an easy position), we ask you to bravely step forward and attending one or more workshops to learn (and unlearn) how to be a more respectful researcher. Some of the learning (and unlearning) will be uncomfortable as we gain awareness of our own privileges and, maybe even, previous missteps. This unsettling complexity will be supported and challenged with care, accountability and compassion acknowledging that we are all in a process. Resources and support for further exploration will be available. The workshops will take place at UBC on November 8, December 9, and January 23. For more information, please see

Computational Reproducibility (RStudio and GitHub) (with ECOSCOPE) | October 21 & 23, 1 – 4pm

Free Public Lectures at the Gairdner Symposium (hosted by Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics) | October 21, 3:30 – 6 pm

Literature Reviews "Searching and Keeping Track" | October 22,  12 – 2 pm

Thesis Formatting: Tips, Tricks, and Resources (Online) | October 22, 2 – 4 pm

R Study Group | October 23, 1 – 2 pm

Citation Management using Mendeley (Intermediate) | October 24, 12 – 2 pm

Foundations of Project Management I (2 Days) (Mitacs Training)| Thursday & Friday, October 24 & 25, 9 am – 5 pm | Register here

Doctoral Writing Retreat | October 25, 10 am – 4 pm

“Don’t Rock the Boat” - Graduate Supervision and Wellbeing Workshop Theatre Performances (various Oct, Nov dates) | Call for facilitators and attendees | First performance Oct 17 | 4-6 PM

Represent UBC at the 2020 Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (Feb 5-7, 2020)

Funding Opportunities

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) - Student Initiative Fund | apply by Oct 18

Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters (for 4th year undergrads or 1st year research-based Masters)| Monday, October 28 | In-Person: 10 am – 12 pm | Webinar: 1:30 – 3pm

"Should 'Clinical study reports' ” be included in Cochrane Systematic reviews? | October 30, 12 – 1 PM (available by videoconference)

Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program (for research projects in Japan) | apply by Nov 27

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

*For a list of current ISGP courses offered, please visit:

Winter 2019 Thesis Registration
Don’t forget to register for your thesis section on SSC (choose “2019 Winter” on the Session drop-down menu top right):
Master’s student: INDS 549A section 003(6-credit Term 1-2)
Doctoral student: INDS 649 section 001 (Term 1-2)
This is a friendly reminder that all students must maintain continuous registration throughout their program. This means that you have to be registered in a course in every semester. If you’re working on your thesis or dissertation (or not registering for courses at this time), you must enroll in these thesis/dissertation course codes.

PSYT 550A: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development in Cross-Cultural and Biological Perspective
Professor: Adele Diamond
2019W2 (Term 2 Jan-Apr, 2020) on Mondays, 4-7 pm
This course is offered only about once every 3 years, and many students rate it as their best university experience, some say it changed their lives, and many say they still refer back to it years later:
It is a seminar, not a lecture course. You get more out of a course if you actively participate than if you passively observe & listen, so all students in the seminar are encouraged to actively participate in the class discussions. Students are also strongly encouraged to relate the course material to their own lives & experiences. This seminar is open to graduate students and outstanding undergrads. It is open to students in ALL departments – the more diverse the students, the better the course. There will be 2 changes from past years: (1) The reading load will be less, but still very demanding. (2) There will be an experiential component this time – students will go to the Downtown Eastside to learn from parents, community leaders, and youth.

Work Opportunities

Employer on Campus: Fluor Canada Inc. |October 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Career Planning & Job Search Strategies | October 22, 12 – 1:30 pm | Register here

Employers on Campus: October 21: HSBC (5:30 – 6:30 pm), Cathay Pacific (5:30 – 7 pm) | October 22: Consulate General of Japan/ Jet Program (5:30 – 6:30 pm)

Opportunities for Masters, PhD and Postdocs at Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC) | Apply by December 13