November 17, 2017 Newsletter



We would like to thank our students who presented at our 2017 Research Expo on October 31st. Congratulations to the winners: Harpreet Chhina, Mahdis Monajemi, Young Woong Kim and Christina Michalski for their poster presentations; and, Amanda Lee and Elliya Park for their oral presentations.

Upcoming Defences:
M.Sc. Defence: Laura Graziano, Tuesday November 21st at 9:30 am in room #10206, Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC, VGH campus

Note: Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series
2. International Doctoral Fellowship – Call for Nominations
3. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops
4. Free Statistical Consultation for Graduate Students and Post-docs
5. The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series

“Junk” DNA, “flagged” DNA and the treatment of acute leukaemia, by

Iannis Aifantis, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology
NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00pm
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre – BC Cancer Agency Research Centre (675 W.10th Ave. )

Host: Dr. Christian Steidl

Videolinked to: FVC – room 2035, VIC room #3, CSI – Shuswap room, UBC Biomedical Research Centre – room 351, Michael Smith Labs – room 226,
C&W – room K4-142, CN- Salmon room

*A recording of this presentation can be viewed at: PHSA network users: H:\EVERYONE\Presentations\CRC Noon Rounds\2017
BCCRC/GSC users: \\srvnetapp02\BCCA\docs\EVERYONE\Presentations\CRC Noon Rounds\2017
(Please contact respective help desks (PHSA, BCCRC or GSC) if you need further assistance)

2. International Doctoral Fellowship – Call for Nominations

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient’s supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded each year.

Eligibility criteria – To be eligible, nominees must:

  • hold a valid student visa when they begin their UBC doctoral program.
  • be starting a UBC-V doctoral program in January, May or September 2018. For fast-track students (who advance / transfer from a Master’s to a doctoral program without completing their Master’s degree), the effective date of transfer to the doctoral program must be January, May or September 2018.
  • be pursuing their first doctoral degree.
    Applicant deadline: 4:00 pm on January 2, 2018.

Graduate program nomination deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 26 January 2018

Further information is available at:

3. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops

Statistics II: Statistical Considerations when Planning your Research Project (Webinar) – Thu, Nov 23 10 AM – 12 PM PST – Register at:

Thesis Boot Camp (2 day writing session with opening panel with tips, advice for completing your thesis) – Sat, Nov 18 and 25, 1-5 PM

Visit for other opportunities including:

Become a Pod leader for the SMaRT Outreach program, register by Nov 19 |
Seminar course (3 credit) on Global Liberal Order, apply by Nov 30 |
Career Directions for Grad Students, Nov 21
Connect and Engage with a Professional Mentor, Nov 22 |
Systematic Review Search Methods (at BCCHRI), Nov 22
SPSS Part I, Nov 22 |
GSS Career Launchpad Workshop and Headshots, Nov 24 |
Apply for The World’s Challenge (and win 2K) by Dec 3 |
Submit an abstract for Rising Up (Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research) by Dec 29|

4. Free Statistical Consultation for Graduate Students and Post-docs

The UBC Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via SOS, STAT 551 and STAT 450/550, as follows:

§ SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students): accepted year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate student
§ STAT 551: accepted for consulting in Term 1 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; may be possible to still squeeze into term 1 2017-18
§ STAT 450/550: accepted for analysis in Term 2 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 450/STAT 550 mentored by faculty; accepting projects for term 2 2017-18 from Nov 9 – Jan 15

For more information, please see:

5. The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship

This fellowship is designed to commemorate the life work and contributions to the fields of Geosciences, Climate Change, and Mathematics in Canada by Dr. Hugh C. Morris. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Global Change Program and Recipient of the J. Willis Ambrose Gold Medal for leadership by the Geological Association of Canada, to name just a few of his many achievements. This new Fellowship, valued at $40,000, is open to any graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to earth, geosciences, environment, energy, water, climate change, social impact or design sciences related to these areas, and is designed to provide a unique experiential travel program designed by the student.

Students apply directly to the Kimberley Foundation.

Value: $40,000
Deadline: 28 February 2018 at 4:30 pm PST
Questions to:

Kimberley Foundation has a second initiative, open to all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. The Focus! Climate Change Student Video Contest invites students to use their imagination and video-making skills, to make a short film about climate change.

Value: 1 x $10,000 prize; 3 x $5,000 honourable mentions
Deadline: 15 March 2018 at 4:30 pm PST
Questions to: