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ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, June 20, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

Using Mendeley for citation management
Online | Monday, Jun 20 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision
In person | Wednesday, Jun 22 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation
In person | Thursday, Jun 23 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction to Database
Advanced Research Computing workshop
Online | Monday, Jun 27 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

IPBOC STEM Network Summer Social
In person | A social at Koerner’s Pub for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math women and gender-diverse persons to build community with other IBPOC women and non-binary people.
Monday, Jun 27 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

(NEW!) Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund Information Sessions: Special Fund for Graduate Research
Online | Monday, Jun 27 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Register, or
Online | Tuesday, Jun 28 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm Register

(NEW!) Map production with QGIS
In person | Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

(NEW!) Writing in STEM: Applying the Concepts of Appropriateness, Effectiveness, Error, and Creativity in the Drafting Process
In person and online | Tuesday, Jun 28 |10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning
In-person & online | Aug 2022 - Sep 2023 | every other Friday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM
The program supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning and more broadly, creates a cohort of graduate students positioned for future educational leadership. Apply by July 4.

(NEW!) Science Communication Contest “My research in France: the emotion of discovery”
Competition closes Oct 31

Funding Opportunities

Check the Graduate Awards Opportunities page for upcoming awards.

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Engaging Indigenous Intergenerational Wholistic & LandBased Approaches to Teaching and Learning

EDST 565E (941) | 2022 Summer Term 2 (July 4 - July 8 & July 11 - July 14)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Amy Parent
Mondays-Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course will provide opportunities for co-learners to bridge theory and practice. It is intentionally designed to take place outside of the university classroom as much as possible so that our collaborative learning community can participate in experiential, embodied, wholistic learning activities with Coast Salish and Urban Vancouver Indigenous leaders. Classes will be a combination of guided learning circles that will be led by co-learners in the class with community visits to Coast Salish Nations and Urban Aboriginal organizations. This class will require travel on public transit or driving . You will need to come to class prepared for the weather conditions for the day and may also need to bring a suitable chair. Since there will be land based activities in this course, we will be walking and active for many of our class activities. If you have accessibility needs, please email me in advance so that I can do my best to accommodate your needs. We will also share food and determine the best way to share our gifts (skills & strengths) to enact reciprocity with Indigenous knowledge holders during our community visits. (Course Poster)

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

LinkedIN Learning
Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

Job Opportunity: Instructor - Faculty of Arts & Sciences - English (Capilano University)
The English Department at Capilano University seeks a teacher/scholar/writer who will help to teach a range of courses, including English 107: Indigenous Literature and Film, English 359: Indigenous Literatures, English 100: University Writing Strategies, and other courses that match their expertise. For the purposes of this position, Indigenous literatures includes storytelling in all its myriad forms.

The English Department values the ability to teach, write, and think in settings outside of academia and welcomes scholars who are engaged in their communities, as well as scholars with teaching experience in university-level literature/storytelling or writing courses. The successful candidate will show a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to select a workload that includes a combination of both teaching and other duties related to the strengthening of relationships with our Indigenous communities and supporting their fellow faculty members in their Decolonization and Indigenization efforts.
(NEW!) Building Your Project Network Map (Networking Skills)
Mitacs Training | Asynchronous module "Advance your Reach" must be completed prior to synchronous course
Online | Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, June 13, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

Choosing a citation-management tool and migrating from RefWorks
Online | Monday, Jun 13 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

Introduction to the Unix Shell
Online | Tuesday, Jun 14 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

14-Day Writing Challenge
Online | Jun 20 - Jul 03
Join an online community, write daily, find and provide supportive accountability. Register by June 15.

Writing in STEM: Common Academic Expressions in English
In Person | Wednesday, Jun 15 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Applying the Principles of Sound Leadership and Team Building

Online | Friday, Jun 17 | 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Mitacs Training | Asynchronous module "High performing leadership and teams (90 min) must be completed prior to registering for synchronous course.

(NEW!) Introduction to Git and GitHub
Online | Monday, Jun 20 | 10:00 - 11:45 AM

(NEW!) Using Mendeley for citation management
Online | Monday, Jun 20 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

(NEW!) Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision
In person | Wednesday, Jun 22 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation
In person | Thursday, Jun 23 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction to Database
Advanced Research Computing workshop
Online | Monday, Jun 27 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) IPBOC STEM Network Summer Social
In person | A social at Koerner’s Pub for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math women and gender-diverse persons to build community with other IBPOC women and non-binary people.
Monday, Jun 27 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning
In-person & online | Aug 2022 - Sep 2023 | every other Friday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM
The program supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning and more broadly, creates a cohort of graduate students positioned for future educational leadership. Apply by July 4.

Funding Opportunities

Check the Graduate Awards Opportunities page for upcoming awards.

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

(NEW!) Engaging Indigenous Intergenerational Wholistic & LandBased Approaches to Teaching and Learning

EDST 565E (941) | 2022 Summer Term 2 (July 4 - July 8 & July 11 - July 14)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Amy Parent
Mondays-Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course will provide opportunities for co-learners to bridge theory and practice. It is intentionally designed to take place outside of the university classroom as much as possible so that our collaborative learning community can participate in experiential, embodied, wholistic learning activities with Coast Salish and Urban Vancouver Indigenous leaders. Classes will be a combination of guided learning circles that will be led by co-learners in the class with community visits to Coast Salish Nations and Urban Aboriginal organizations. This class will require travel on public transit or driving . You will need to come to class prepared for the weather conditions for the day and may also need to bring a suitable chair. Since there will be land based activities in this course, we will be walking and active for many of our class activities. If you have accessibility needs, please email me in advance so that I can do my best to accommodate your needs. We will also share food and determine the best way to share our gifts (skills & strengths) to enact reciprocity with Indigenous knowledge holders during our community visits. (Course Poster)

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

LinkedIN Learning
Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

Make your career move
alumni UBC event | Online | Monday, Jun 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Gain practical strategies that will help you navigate your career while examining the role that personal and positional power plays in your own leadership development

Job Opportunity: Instructor - Faculty of Arts & Sciences - English (Capilano University)
The English Department at Capilano University seeks a teacher/scholar/writer who will help to teach a range of courses, including English 107: Indigenous Literature and Film, English 359: Indigenous Literatures, English 100: University Writing Strategies, and other courses that match their expertise. For the purposes of this position, Indigenous literatures includes storytelling in all its myriad forms.

The English Department values the ability to teach, write, and think in settings outside of academia and welcomes scholars who are engaged in their communities, as well as scholars with teaching experience in university-level literature/storytelling or writing courses. The successful candidate will show a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to select a workload that includes a combination of both teaching and other duties related to the strengthening of relationships with our Indigenous communities and supporting their fellow faculty members in their Decolonization and Indigenization efforts.

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, June 6, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom
Online | Jun 6 | 10:00 AM –12:00 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 13, 15 & 17 | various times | Register by June 8

Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap
In person | Wednesday, Jun 08 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Mitacs Internship Info Session: Advance your career with community partnerships - all disciplines
Online | Wednesday, Jun 08 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Discover your Power Intelligence to Transform your Impact
Online | Thursday, Jun 09 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Writing in STEM: A Data-based Approach to Discipline-specific Writing Using Free Language-analysis software
In Person | Thursday, Jun 09 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

(NEW!) CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change
Hybrid format: online via Zoom and in person at 4th Space - Concordia University in Montréal | June 15-16, 2022 | For in person attendance, register by June 10.

(NEW!) Summer Institute for Indigenous Graduate Students
In person | Jul 11 - 17 | A safe, inclusive and immersive one-week introduction to graduate studies, research and student success strategies | An opportunity to network, connect and grow with other Indigenous scholars at UBC through faculty and peer mentorship, and to learn how to engage in Indigenous-based research in their graduate studies. Sign up by June 10, space is limited.
For new and current Indigenous graduate students who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit | Free

(NEW!) Choosing a citation-management tool and migrating from RefWorks
Online | Monday, Jun 13 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

(NEW!) Introduction to the Unix Shell
Online | Tuesday, Jun 14 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

(NEW!) 14-Day Writing Challenge
Online | Jun 20 - Jul 03
Join an online community, write daily, find and provide supportive accountability. Register by June 15.

(NEW!) Writing in STEM: Common Academic Expressions in English
In Person | Wednesday, Jun 15 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Applying the Principles of Sound Leadership and Team Building

Online | Friday, Jun 17 | 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Mitacs Training | Asynchronous module "High performing leadership and teams (90 min) must be completed prior to registering for synchronous course.

(NEW!) Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications
Online | Tuesday, Jun 21 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

(NEW!) Introduction to Database
Advanced Research Computing workshop
Online | Monday, Jun 27 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

(NEW!) Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning
In-person & online | Aug 2022 - Sep 2023 | every other Friday | 12:00 - 2:30 PM
The program supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning and more broadly, creates a cohort of graduate students positioned for future educational leadership. Apply by July 4.

Funding Opportunities

Check the Graduate Awards Opportunities page for upcoming awards.

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

LinkedIN Learning
Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

(NEW!) Make your career move
alumni UBC event | Online | Monday, Jun 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Gain practical strategies that will help you navigate your career while examining the role that personal and positional power plays in your own leadership development

(NEW!) Job Opportunity: Instructor - Faculty of Arts & Sciences - English (Capilano University)
The English Department at Capilano University seeks a teacher/scholar/writer who will help to teach a range of courses, including English 107: Indigenous Literature and Film, English 359: Indigenous Literatures, English 100: University Writing Strategies, and other courses that match their expertise. For the purposes of this position, Indigenous literatures includes storytelling in all its myriad forms.

The English Department values the ability to teach, write, and think in settings outside of academia and welcomes scholars who are engaged in their communities, as well as scholars with teaching experience in university-level literature/storytelling or writing courses. The successful candidate will show a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to select a workload that includes a combination of both teaching and other duties related to the strengthening of relationships with our Indigenous communities and supporting their fellow faculty members in their Decolonization and Indigenization efforts.

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, May 30, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

CTLT Spring Institute: Embracing Creativity and Risk Taking in the New Normal
Online | May 30 - June 3 | Multiple events daily | Network and share innovative practices and research around teaching, learning, and technology.

Common Academic Expressions in English: Making Connections
Online | Tuesday, May 31 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Leadership Lessons
A Student Biotech Network event | Online | Tuesday, May 31 | 5:00 PM

Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation
In Person | Wednesday, Jun 01 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures
Online | Wednesday, Jun 01 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM

Writing in STEM: Writing to Engage in Scholarly Conversations
In Person | Thursday, Jun 02 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Copyright for Graduate Student Creators: Preparing your research for publication
Online | Thursday, Jun 02 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

(NEW!) Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Summer Institute
In-person | Jun 20, 22 & 24 | 9:00 AM –5:00 PM
This intensive professional development session caters to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have some basic skills and experience, but are looking to continue to build a deeper understanding of teaching and learning, both in theory and in practice. Register by June 5

(NEW!) Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom
Online | Jun 6 | 10:00 AM –12:00 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 13, 15 & 17 | various times | Register by June 8

(NEW!) Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap
In person | Wednesday, Jun 08 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Mitacs Internship Info Session: Advance your career with community partnerships - all disciplines
Online | Wednesday, Jun 08 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

(NEW!) Discover your Power Intelligence to Transform your Impact
Online | Thursday, Jun 09 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Writing in STEM: A Data-based Approach to Discipline-specific Writing Using Free Language-analysis software
In Person | Thursday, Jun 09 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

Funding Opportunities

Check the Graduate Awards Opportunities page for upcoming awards.

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

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Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, May 23, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case Studies
Online | Tuesday, May 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Common Academic Expressions in English: Basic Functions
Online | Tuesday, May 24 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Forum on the Effective Mentorship of Racialized Graduate Students
In person | Friday, June 24 | 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to join this day-long forum to hear from students and mentors on the value of diversity in graduate education, and discuss how we can all contribute toward a safe, respectful, and more equitable learning sphere for racialized students at UBC.

DIY Media Support Drop-In Session
Online | Wednesday, May 25 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy
Online | Wednesday, May 25 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Tools, Screening Criteria, and Appraisal
Systematic and Scoping Review Workshop Series
Online | Thursday, May 26 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM

(NEW!) Using Zotero for citation management
Online | Monday, May 30 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

2022 Oxford Summer Sessions
Taking place in Oxford University | Abstract Submission and Early Registration by May 30

(NEW!) CTLT Spring Institute: Embracing Creativity and Risk Taking in the New Normal
Online | May 30 - June 3 | Multiple events daily | Network and share innovative practices and research around teaching, learning, and technology.

(NEW!) Common Academic Expressions in English: Making Connections
Online | Tuesday, May 31 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation
In Person | Wednesday, Jun 01 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures
Online | Wednesday, Jun 01 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM

(NEW!) Writing in STEM: Writing to Engage in Scholarly Conversations
In Person | Thursday, Jun 02 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Copyright for Graduate Student Creators: Preparing your research for publication
Online | Thursday, Jun 02 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 13, 15 & 17 | various times | Register by June 8

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

Funding Opportunities

Check the Graduate Awards Opportunities page for upcoming awards.

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

LinkedIN Learning
Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

Building Your Project Network Map
Online | Mitacs Training | Asynchronous course "Advance your Reach" must be completed prior to synchronous course
Tuesday, May 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, May 16, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

New Capacity-Building Course: Designing for Transformation
Registration is now open to UBC graduate students for Designing for Transformation - a free, non-credit course for learning and applying approaches from systems design, social innovation and regenerative development; rooted in decolonization, anti-racism, equity and justice. The course is led by Lindsay Cole, Lerato Chondoma and Jennifer Cutbill with incredible guests and coaches. This new offering provides opportunities to un/learn and apply emergent and resurgent practices with peers working on an enriching diversity of complex challenges. You will be supported by practitioners working across disciplines, sectors, and knowledge systems. Together we will co-create an inter/transdisciplinary learning environment centring abundance, joy, courage, and compassion.
Register by May 16 for Module 1 -  Planting Seeds
Register by June 3 for Module 2 - Growing Roots and Shoots (Students applying for Module 2 must have completed Module 1)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2nd Annual CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change
Doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to submit their 300-word abstracts, through the online submission form on the symposium Web page. There is no submission or registration fee for the symposium. The submission deadline is May 16, 2022. Early submissions will be given priority for in‑person attendance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 23.

Introduction to Git and GitHub
Online | Monday, May 16 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

NVivo part 2: classification and datasets
Online | Tuesday, May 17 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Translating Database Searches and Finding Grey Literature
Systematic and Scoping Review Workshop Series
Online | Thursday, May 19 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM

(NEW!) Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case Studies
Online | Tuesday, May 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) Common Academic Expressions in English: Basic Functions
Online | Tuesday, May 24 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

(NEW!) DIY Media Support Drop-In Session
Online | Wednesday, May 25 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

(NEW!) Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy
Online | Wednesday, May 25 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

(NEW!) Tools, Screening Criteria, and Appraisal
Systematic and Scoping Review Workshop Series
Online | Thursday, May 26 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM

2022 Oxford Summer Sessions
Taking place in Oxford University | Abstract Submission and Early Registration by May 30

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 13, 15 & 17 | various times | Register by June 8

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

Funding Opportunities

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Spring 2022 Competition

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

  • Eligibility: Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master's or doctoral level or a Vanier CGS. Please note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this award.
  • Value: Up to $6,000 for 2 to 6 months research study abroad
  • Application deadline4:00 pm PT on 20 May 2022, to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Applicants apply directly to G+PS)

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

LinkedIN Learning
Do you know you have access to free, online professional development including short videos, audio, and course on topics including:

  • Business Skills including finance, teamwork, strategic thinking, etc.
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analyzing data
  • Career Exploration
  • Technical Skills like Excel, R, SPSS, coding and design

Career Corner at Congress
Online | May 12 - 20 | Various dates and times
Topics include Publishing, Applying for Funding, Navigating Career Transition, Academic Podcasting, Tips for Successful Dissertation Completion, and more. $55 (free for Black and Indigenous Students).

(NEW!) Careers in Industry for Stem Grads
Online | Hosted by Elsevier | Tuesday, May 17 | 10:00 AM

(NEW!) Building Your Project Network Map
Online | Mitacs Training | Asynchronous course "Advance your Reach" must be completed prior to synchronous course
Tuesday, May 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ISGP Weekly Student Newsletter Monday, May 9, 2022

*Please check announcements from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathway to Success program, and subscribe to their events alert here.

Upcoming Events

Breaking Patterns of Procrastination
Online | Tuesday, May 3 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Choosing a Citation Management Tool and Migrating from RefWorks
Online | Monday, May 9 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Designing for Transformation
A free non-credit course to empower transformative change – weaving systems design, social innovation, regenerative development & rooted in eco-social justice.
Module 1: Planting Seeds | May 17, 24, 31 | Register by May 10
Module 2: Growing Roots and Shoots | various dates in June and July

The Hurdle and the Highway: How We Think About Inclusion, Accommodation, and Disability, and Why it Matters
Online | Celebrate Learning Week Keynote
Tuesday, May 10 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Knowing your worth at work
Online | Tuesday, May 10 | 12:00 - 12:50 PM

From the Editor’s Desk: The Ins and Outs of Publishing
Online | Panel of Editors | Tuesday, May 10 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM

NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo
Online | Tuesday, May 10 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Project and Time Management (Mitacs Training)
Must complete asyncrhonous "Spur up your project and time management skills" before registering for synchronous session
Wednesday, May 11 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Getting Started and Structured Searching
Systematic and Scoping Review Workshop Series
Online | Thursday, May 12 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM

TAR Graduate Student Stipend Award
Receive a stipend for your Teaching as Research project
Apply by May 15

(NEW!) New Capacity-Building Course: Designing for Transformation
Registration is now open to UBC graduate students for Designing for Transformation - a free, non-credit course for learning and applying approaches from systems design, social innovation and regenerative development; rooted in decolonization, anti-racism, equity and justice. The course is led by Lindsay Cole, Lerato Chondoma and Jennifer Cutbill with incredible guests and coaches. This new offering provides opportunities to un/learn and apply emergent and resurgent practices with peers working on an enriching diversity of complex challenges. You will be supported by practitioners working across disciplines, sectors, and knowledge systems. Together we will co-create an inter/transdisciplinary learning environment centring abundance, joy, courage, and compassion.
Register by May 16 for Module 1 -  Planting Seeds
Register by June 3 for Module 2 - Growing Roots and Shoots (Students applying for Module 2 must have completed Module 1)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2nd Annual CIREQ Interdisciplinary PhD Student Symposium on Climate Change
Doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to submit their 300-word abstracts, through the online submission form on the symposium Web page. There is no submission or registration fee for the symposium. The submission deadline is May 16, 2022. Early submissions will be given priority for in‑person attendance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 23.

(NEW!) Introduction to Git and GitHub
Online | Monday, May 16 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

(NEW!) Getting Through Grad School with Grace and Grit
Online Support Group | Tuesdays, May 17 - Jul 26 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Attend one or all sessions

(NEW!) NVivo part 2: classification and datasets
Online | Tuesday, May 17 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

(NEW!) Translating Database Searches and Finding Grey Literature
Systematic and Scoping Review Workshop Series
Online | Thursday, May 19 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM

2022 Oxford Summer Sessions
Taking place in Oxford University | Abstract Submission and Early Registration by May 30

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 13, 15 & 17 | various times | Register by June 8

(NEW!) Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop
*in person* | June 18, 25 & 26 | various times | Register by June 14

WriteNow, Online Supportive Writing Community
From facultydiversity.org | Available through UBC's subscription | Fees apply ($195USD until Apr 28)
12 weeks | May 16 - Aug 7

Funding Opportunities

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Spring 2022 Competition

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

  • Eligibility: Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master's or doctoral level or a Vanier CGS. Please note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this award.
  • Value: Up to $6,000 for 2 to 6 months research study abroad
  • Application deadline4:00 pm PT on 20 May 2022, to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Applicants apply directly to G+PS)

Indigenous Student Research Award

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has established an award program for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit. All are renewable in order to provide sustained funding over multiple years.  Renewable awards of $5,000 per year are available.

Eligibility:
  • You are First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis;
  • You are a resident of British Columbia, defined as having a primary residence in the province for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of full-time enrollment in the program for which the award is applied for;
  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident (landed immigrant), convention refugee, or protected person living in Canada;
  • You are planning to study at a BC public post-secondary institution, or Indigenous post-secondary institution;
  • Your course of study will be no less than two semesters in length and will commence sometime between the dates of May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023;
  • You will be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).

*Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Academic Deadlines

Check the UBC Calendar for upcoming deadlines.

Course Offerings

Phenomenology in Practice

EPSE 604A | 2022 Winter Term 1 (Sep 06 to Dec 19, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Barbara Weber
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This advanced graduate level seminar will explore how phenomenological and hermeneutical theories can deepen or inform our research and educational practice. To do this, we will explore thinkers like Hans-Georg Gadamer (art of questioning and understanding), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (embodiment) and James Mensch (political action). Following those examples, we will practice phenomenology and hermeneutics ourselves through interviews, writing, observations, group discussions, creating curricula and writing. This class is designed as a discussion, reading and writing intensive course. Yet by following Merleau-Ponty’s point: “We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” (Merleau-Ponty, 1945, II) you will have the opportunity to use those approaches for engaging on a more practical level. Feel free to bring your own research project, thesis in progress, educational context or question of your choice and we will create an assignment that attends to your interest. The topics can span from eating disorders to children’s rights to Black Lives Matter

Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (Jul 12 to Aug 29, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Julia Harten
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (julia.harten@ubc.ca), outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Anti-Racism Praxis Lab: Theory, Practice and Activism

EDST 598A 951 | 2022 Summer Term 2B (Jul 25 to Aug 11, 2022)

Credits: 3
Course Instructor: Handel Wright
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 1:30-4:00pm
In-person delivery

Course Description:

This course offers an opportunity to engage, produce and reflect on anti-racism praxis.  It invites critical engagement of integrative anti-racism and related theory and ways of understanding and progressively changing groups, institutions and society. It involves knowledge as embodied (including our bodies, identity politics and standpoints) as well as our education to work on thinking and acting differently and towards equity and social justice interpersonally, in institutions, community, and society. We will share and (re)examine our concrete anti-racist work (completed, in process or contemplated)- our pedagogy, analysis of policies, artwork, community work and activism. Integrative anti-racism and related texts and discourses- decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, etc. will help inform, produce, extend or rethink concrete projects in intersectionalist ways. Addressing racism is central but things are often more complicated and about what bell hooks has named “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”

  • How do we address racism in institutions of higher learning (locally, internationally)?
  • How do we engage anti-racism projects that cut across equity denied groups?
  • How do dance, theatre and poetry constitute anti-racism public pedagogy?
  • How do we rethink Canadian multiculturalism from a critical race theory or decolonial perspective?
  • How do we integrate race and racism in projects of disability rights or queer politics?
  • How to work on environmental racism locally with global climate change in mind?

In this lab we bring theory, practice and activism together to initiate, develop, experiment with, share and reflect on these/our/each others/other others projects, in an atmosphere of radical hospitality.

For more information, please feel free to contact the course instructor, Handel Wright, at handel.wright@ubc.ca. 

Career Exploration

Career Advising: Book an online appointment, Learn more

How I Leveraged My Skills in Support of My Career Transitions
Alumni Office Hours with Grace Kamara, Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company
Online | Tuesday, May 10 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Your Next Step – Virtual Job Fair 2022
Online | Thursday, May 12 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

(NEW!) Career Corner at Congress
Online | May 12 - 20 | Various dates and times
Topics include Publishing, Applying for Funding, Navigating Career Transition, Academic Podcasting, Tips for Successful Dissertation Completion, and more. $55 (free for Black and Indigenous Students).