Events & Workshops

Upcoming Events

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.

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Signature Events

Orientation planning for September 2020 is well underway. In response to social distancing measures, the upcoming graduate orientation will be hosted online.

The College of Graduate Student is developing an online orientation module titled UBC 501. UBC 501 is expected to be released in early August 2020 and will provide incoming graduate students with an introduction to all things graduate studies at UBCO.

Orientation Week for fall 2020 will run from Aug. 31 to September 4, 2020. Online workshops will be held throughout the week to provide incoming students with the critical information and skills they need to be successful in their first term. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events!

Orientation is open to all graduate students who will be starting their programs in September 2020 and all graduate students who began their programs in January 2020 & May 2020.


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.