Events & Workshops

The College of Graduate Studies offers a number of events, workshops, seminars and other activities that complement your academic graduate program, and equip you with skills applicable during and after Graduate Studies.

Signature Events

The College of Graduate Studies’ incoming graduate student orientation takes place on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in the EME foyer.

Orientation is open to all graduate students who will be starting their programs in September 2019 and all graduate students who began their programs in January 2019 & May 2019.

Orientation will include information about the College of Graduate Studies, UBC’s student resources, student & supervisor roles, scholarships & awards and much more!  Come on out and mix and mingle with your fellow graduate students!

Orientation Agenda:

8:45 a.m. – Sign-in
9 a.m. – Light Breakfast-Mix & Mingle
9:20 a.m. – Group Fun Activity
9:35 a.m. – Dean’s Welcome & Introduction to the College of Graduate Studies
9:40 a.m. – College of Graduate Studies Staff Introduction & How to Work with Office
10:15 a.m. – Coffee & Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. – Scholarships & Awards Information Session
10:45 a.m. – Workshops and Website Information Session
11:a.m. – UBCO Resources presentations
Noon – Lunch & UBCO Resources Tradeshow
1:30 – Totally Fun Social Event

Additional Orientations for New Graduate Students

  • International Graduate Student Information Session
    All new international graduate students are encouraged to attend an information session. Session topics will include:

    • Health insurance
    • Immigration Documentation/Status
    • Employment in Canada
    • Resources for dependents
    • Please register at: TBD

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and is now held in twelve countries around the world.

Graduate students participate in the 3MT competition with the aim of presenting their research to a non-specialized audience in just three minutes. Participants can use only one slide, and are not allowed to use props or aids. The judges look for clear language, a well-structured presentation that engages the audience, and a slide that is designed to support the speaker’s points.

UBC’s Vancouver campus was one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition, when it held its’ first 3MT competition in 2011.

The competition continues to grow with the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition held in 2013, allowing winners from several universities from around the world to compete in a virtual competition.

In 2014, the inaugural Canadian national virtual competition was hosted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.

3MT at UBC Okanagan is now held annually and the competition continues to expand to universities across Canada.