Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Welcome

Thursday, September 1, 2016

9:00 AM-3:00 PM

This annual orientation event is highly recommended for all new graduate students. It’s an opportunity to meet your fellow new graduate students and learn important campus and academic information.

We will cover a range of information and advice geared to help you get off to a good start in your graduate program (and for some of you, in your new city or country too!). We’ll talk about professors’ expectations, funding and budgeting, strategies for success, finding your way around campus and the city and more. Bring your questions! This is also an opportunity to meet other new and current graduate students from many different graduate programs as well as staff from central UBC units and start building your community on campus.

No scents, makes sense.  Many UBC areas are scent-free.  We ask attendees to refrain from wearing scented products to orientation.

We are doing our best to host a zero-to-low waste event.  Feel free to bring a re-usable bottle for water.

Time Event Location
8:30AM – 9:00AM Check-in and Refreshments Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
9:00AM – 9:45AM Welcome Remarks Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
9:45AM – 10:30AM Presentation: Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
10:30AM – 10:50AM Break Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
10:50AM – 11:30AM Presentation: Being a Successful Graduate Student Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
11:30AM – 1:00PM Lunch (provided) and Campus Resources Fair Thea Koerner House and Main Mall, near the Flagpole Plaza
1:00PM – 3:00PM Concurrent Afternoon Sessions (Details below) Leonard S. Klinck Building, Mathematics Building and Thea Koerner House
3:00PM onwards Koerner’s Pub Welcome Celebration Koerner’s Pub

Afternoon Sessions
Locations: Leonard S. Klinck Building (LSK), 6356 Agricultural Road; Mathematics Building, 1984 Mathematics Road; Graduate Student Centre Ballroom (GSCB), 6371 Crescent Road

Time LSK200 LSK201 MATH 100 GSCB
1:00PM – 1:40PM Building Effective Supervisory Relationships Graduate School & Career Success Navigating Your Way Through UBC’s Funding Landscape Thriving in Graduate School
2:00PM – 2:40PM Building Effective Supervisory Relationships Graduate School & Career Success Navigating Your Way Through UBC’s Funding Landscape Thriving in Graduate School

Theresa Rogers, PhD, Professor, Language and Literacy Education, Associate Dean, Faculty and Program Development, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Students are invited to come to learn about guidelines and suggestions for building effective relationships with supervisors. We provide proactive and realistic suggestions for monitoring and continuing to develop strong supervisory relationships. We also provide suggestions for how to seek help if strategies are not effective and some scenarios for students to resolve in the workshop.

Rachel Fernandez, PhD,
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; Associate Dean, Graduate + Postdoctoral Studies
Michael More, MSc, Advisor, Graduate Student Career Development, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Graduate education at UBC prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities.  How can you build the skills, make the connections and have the experiences you need to help you stand out to employers within and beyond academia?  In this session you will explore strategies for how to excel academically while creating opportunities during graduate school that will ensure your career success.

Brendan Morey
, Graduate Awards and Development Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Cara Low and the Enrolment Services Professionals Graduate Student Support Team

This session will provide new students with a guide to the various funding issues and financial systems they may encounter during their time at UBC. Applying for and receiving funding, dealing with financial emergencies, working while a student, and budgeting are among the topics that will be covered.


This interactive session will provide an opportunity for students to meet current graduate students in various programs at UBC.  International Student Advisors, staff from the Wellness Centre and Career Advisors will also be in attendance to answer one-on-one and small group questions.