Congratulations to Kyla McKay for successfully completing her Ph.D. Program.

Note: Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series
2. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops
3. Let’s Talk Science – Become a Coordinator
4. Ink – UBC Graduate Student-run Journal
5. UBC Library Research Commons Events
6. Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

1. The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series

“Aging Faster With HIV: the Human, the Virus, or the Drugs?”

By Côté Lab

Dr. Hélène Côté, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Anthony Hsieh, PhD Candidate, “Slowing the premature aging process: control the virus and quit smoking.”

Abhinav Ajaykumar, PhD Candidate, “Does HIV and its treatment during pregnancy alter cellular aging in babies?”

Adam Ziada, Undergraduate Student, “Mitochondrial aging: getting older and controlling the virus.”

Wednesday, July 12th – 12:00 – 1:00pm PST
LSC 3 – Life Sciences Centre – 2350 Health Sciences Mall

You can now watch the seminar online at* – Please ensure that you have the most recent version of Flash Player.

2. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops

There is still space for next week’s workshop at VGH:

Essentials of Productive Teams (Mitacs Step; adapted from Managing Projects session).
Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – visit

Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation
The new graduate student orientation will take place on Thursday, August 31st with other orientation activities scheduled through early September. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies along with the Graduate Student Society and International Student Development will have orientation-related volunteer positions to be filled.
Applicants must be current UBC Graduate Students in their 2nd year or later to apply. If you are interested, please send an email to: We will provide specific information on volunteer positions once the event schedule is finalized.

Check out for more events and opportunities, including:

Trying to get a jump on your writing this summer? Join one of the peer writing groups in Koerner this summer. Tuesdays and Wednesdays or

3. Let’s Talk Science – Become a Coordinator

Recruiting for four new coordinators to help run Let’s Talk Science at UBC ( Looking for enthusiastic students or post-doctorals who have a passion for science outreach. The successful applicants will work with a dedicated group of coordinators and volunteers to engage youth in hands-on, minds-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities across Vancouver.

Training and professional development opportunities will be provided.

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th July.

Recruitment notice can be found here:

Any questions can be sent to Ruth and Gillian at

4. Ink – UBC Graduate Student-run Journal

UBC’s graduate student-run journals, INK (Ideas, Numbers, Knowledge), co-funded by the Provost and VP Academic. They are currently looking for students to submit articles to our journal for publication in August and were wondering if you would be able to share the following with the students in your department. Thanks in advance for your help!

Do you want to…

Bring more attention to the research you have worked so hard to produce?
Develop skills in communicating your work to a general audience?
Build connections with other researchers in the UBC community?
Please submit an article of your work o INK – which is a non-academic, student-run journal that amasses knowledge from across the disciplines. The journal offer a platform for bright and motivated students to communicate their work in a way that can be understood by someone outside of their field of expertise. It also hosts interdisciplinary discussions on real world problems and serves as a vehicle for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It aims to bring together academic communities from across UBC and being to enhance sharing and communication of knowledge. Disseminating innovative thinking that addresses practical issues in society and offers students a niche for their ideas as well as involvement in the actual publication process.

Currently accepting submissions for the August 2017 issue. The deadline for submission is July 31st, 2017. Graduate students will receive a $100 honorarium for successfully published articles. For more information, please visit the website:

Please submit your article to INK’s Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Jones at

5. UBC Library Research Commons Events

Please see newsletter at

6. Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

The application form is completed online on ResearchNet (

The deadline for applicants to submit applications on ResearchNet is 11:59 pm (PDT – Vancouver time) on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

The deadline for graduate programs to submit nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

For full details, please see our website at

Important notes regarding student mobility:

Vanier scholars are encouraged to continuously broaden their research horizons and seek new challenges. For this reason, Vanier CGS candidates are strongly encouraged to pursue their studies at a university other than that (or those) which granted their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Candidates who are nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree must provide a strong and compelling rationale, in the Special Circumstances section of the application, as to why they have chosen to undertake their PhD at the same university.
Though the majority of UBC’s Vanier nominees will have a previous affiliation with UBC, we strongly encourage faculty members to identify and consider prospective students from universities beyond UBC.
For Vanier CGS program news and reminders, please see: