September 8, 2017 Experimental Medicine Newsletter



M.Sc. Defence:
Jessica Shum – Friday, September 15th at 1:00 pm in room 7254, The Lung Centre, 7th floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, VGH Site.

Anujan Poologaindran for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis.
Chris Laver and Mir Kaber for successfully defending their Ph.D thesis.

2017-18 CIHR CGSM Competition Results:
Congratulations to Diana Forbes, Jonathan Frew, Matthew Gynn, Amanda Lee, Keerit Tauh, Denise Wooding and Lambert Yue, who are the 2017-18 CIHR CGSM award recipients. Congratulations also to Yi-Chin Lu and Jake Noble who are the recipients of the 2017-18 Affiliated Fellowship.

Please see below the Scholarships and Awards sessions facilitated by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Note: Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops
2. BCCA Research Seminar Series
3. DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants
4. Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships
5. Vancouver Community Science Celebration 2017
6. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program (QES)
7. 2017 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Awards

1. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops

Scholarships and Awards sessions:
Monday, September 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (in person):
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (via webinar):

Orientation events continue including:
Sept 11: GSS Pancake Breakfast
Sept 12: Graduate Student Orientation to the Library
For more information, visit:

Late Arrival International Student Orientations: (learn important information on required immigration documents and health insurance)
September 12 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM or 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
September 18 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM or 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
For more information,

2. BCCA Research Seminar Series

“Causes and Consequences of Genome Instability” by  Peter Stirling, PhD, Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 – 12:00 to 1:00pm at the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre – BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, 675 W.10th Ave.

Host: Dr. Gerry Krystal

Videolinked to: FVC – room 2035, VIC room #3, CSI – Shuswap room, Michael Smith Labs – room 226, C&W – Rm K4-142, CN- Peace Room

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

The BCCA Research Seminars are supported by the BC Cancer Foundation

3. DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Study Scholarships and Research Grants are available for highly qualified graduate students, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers in all disciplines to study and carry out research at universities or research institutes in Germany. These scholarship provide funds for a period of study and/or research in Germany.
Complete applications are to be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00pm on Friday, 29 September 2017. The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Angela Rizzo (

Further information (including additional funding programs) is available on the DAAD website (

4. Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships

Value: $40,000 stipend plus $20,000 travel allowance per year, for up to 4 years

UBC applicant deadline: 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 23 October 2017

Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People and their Natural Environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.


Candidates must be applying into the first year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the first or second year of a PhD at UBC.
Although priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, up to one scholar in four per given year may be a foreign national registered full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations.
Applications are submitted via the Trudeau Foundation application portal:

Create an account online at:
For University Name, enter “The University of British Columbia”
For Faculty or Department, enter the chosen UBC graduate program
Registrants will receive a username and password in 2-3 business days (check the spam folder)
Once access is granted, complete the application form, request three letters of recommendation, and upload transcripts
Detailed application procedures are available here:
Please note that there is no graduate program nomination process. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review applications and select UBC’s nominees to the national competition.

For further information, please visit our website:

5. Vancouver Community Science Celebration 2017

Are you looking to start off your year with a fun and exciting volunteering opportunity! We have just the event for you! UBC Let’s Talk Science and Genome BC are recruiting volunteers to help run two booths at this year’s annual Vancouver Community Science Celebration on September 16th and 17th! You can help children explore the magic (*Ahem* science) of DNA by making DNA Bracelets or Edible DNA and extracting DNA from kiwi fruit at the Genome BC booth or joining the LTS team in making Slime, exploring salmon migration, or running Chromatography Demos. This event brings lots of families to Science World for a busy, fun and exciting two days, but we’ll need need many volunteers to make this event a success!

When: Saturday, September 16th and/or Sunday, September 17th 9:00am to 6:30pm
Where: Telus World of Science (1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver)
Who: Children of all ages

Interested volunteers can sign up here or email Chantal (Genome BC booth: or Andrew (LTS booth: ) directly. Please specify which day(s) you are available, whether you’d prefer a morning, mid-day or afternoon shift and if you have a booth preference.

6. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program (QES)

This program was created to improve global talent exchange between Canada and other nations. The program aims to develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders by providing enriched academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences and by facilitating lasting local and global community engagement. Canadian universities are invited to submit multi-year project proposals seeking funding of up to $300,000 CAD for projects of up to four years. Each Canadian university may submit one proposal to the 2017 competition.

Teams wishing to be considered are to submit an application form and budget form to G+PS by 4:00pm on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. One application will be submitted to the national competition for the Wednesday 18 October deadline.

Given the extremely tight application timelines, to be successful proposals will need to build on existing collaborations and relationships with partner universities / organizations in eligible countries.

Further information about the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program can be found at:

7. 2017 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Awards

Competition is now open.

Full-time graduate students who are registered in any UBC Faculty of Medicine graduate program, or full-time graduate students whose main supervisor has a primary appointment with the UBC Faculty of Medicine are eligible to apply for the Graduate Student Awards.

All applicants must be in good academic standing with the University, and must be making satisfactory progress towards their degree as defined by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

New to 2017: A Declaration of Intent is required from all graduate students applying to the following two Graduate Student Awards:

1. Harry and Florence Dennison Fellowship in Medical Research
2. Mary Adele Norman Postgraduate Award in Medical Research
Declaration of Intent Deadline: Friday, September 22nd, 12:00PM (PDT)

Complete Application Deadline: Friday, October 27th, 12:00PM (PDT)

For more information, and to apply for the fellowship, please visit: