The College of Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus values graduate student input on matters that pertain to and affect graduate student education and success on our campus. The College is currently filling one vacancy for a research master’s student member on the Graduate Council.

Student members are selected through an election process whereby current graduate students cast one vote for their preferred Graduate Council representative in their respective graduate program (ie. Current doctoral students vote only for the doctoral representative, research master’s students vote only for the research master’s representative, etc.)


About the Graduate Council

The College of Graduate Studies is the coordinating body for graduate education at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The Graduate Council is the governing body responsible for the direction of the affairs and business of the College.

The Council is composed of senior academic administrators, faculty members, student members and College of Graduate Studies staff members. Student members of the Graduate Council have voting powers and can serve for a maximum of two years provided they remain registered. The Council meets monthly to discuss matters pertaining to graduate education on the Okanagan campus. It is tasked with establishing and revising practices related to graduate education, and for making recommendations to the Dean of the College, the faculties, the Senate, or others as appropriate.  graduate students.

Research Master's Student

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Please provide a brief statement describing why you are interested in becoming a member of the Graduate Council:

I am interested in joining the Graduate Council due to its unique ability to directly shape graduate studies at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (UBCO) and, thereby, indirectly shaping the universities strengths. The largest impacts of Graduate studies at an institution are its direct effect on research output. As a core foundation of universities is to further knowledge entirely, the production of research is a vital factor. Research output begins with the recruitment and admittance of highly capable students. The aptitude of these students is then defined by the level of education they receive during their graduate studies. Finally, the potential of students is further moulded through the level of support they receive throughout their studies. If each of these steps can be optimized to attract and help flourish auspicious graduate students, the successes of the Graduate Council will be far-reaching. Firstly, the success would increase the research capabilities of the university by having more capable graduate students conducting research. Secondly, the increase in research would result in more competitive admissions furthering the research aptitude of students. Thirdly, the prestige of the university would increase indirectly affecting numerous operations in both graduate and undergraduate studies. With the broad goal of furthering knowledge, through ensuring optimal operation of university graduate studies, my interest in joining the Graduate Council is unmatched.

Please describe your membership and involvement in other UBC Okanagan clubs, student groups or extracurricular activities:

My primary involvement at UBCO is my appointment as the Graduate Student Representative for the department of Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Statistics (CMPS). My role as the Graduate representative for CMPS involves acting as a liaison between graduate students and faculty within the department. Furthermore, the role also entails organizing CMPS graduate student events. This role allows me to effectively understand the intricate relationship between the department and graduate students. Further, it allows me to meet many fellow graduate students and understand their philosophies, expectations from a graduate program, and values. I am also a member of the Quantitative Sciences Course Union (QSCU) at UBCO. This membership allows me to meet more students, as well as extend my understanding of fellow student’s outlooks. Taken together, my involvement at UBCO allows me to adequately represent a range of graduate students.

Please explain how you would effectively advocate for the community that you are proposing to represent:

I would advocate for the graduate student community by consciously considering the collective ideology of fellow graduate students. This would involve ensuring any decisions are made by considering all graduate students, rather than myself individually. Furthermore, I would not limit myself to the current pool of students, but also consider the long-term effects on future students. Finally, I would understand the bigger consequence of decisions including minor trade-offs for the greater collective success of graduate studies.

Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Development

Please provide a brief statement describing why you are interested in becoming a member of the Graduate Council:

After I completed my undergraduate degree at MRU, I found that the majority of students with science degrees could not find field-specific employment. I luckily had research experience in low oxygen physiology at high altitudes and those skills allowed me to transition to a medical imaging company that focuses on oxygenation for diabetics and during surgery. I luckily had a set of tools that not many others had when applying that allowed me to be employed. Meanwhile, the majority of those in my major do not have field-specific employment 2 years later even if they do have advanced degrees. In joining the graduate council, I want to advocate for students to make transitions to the workforce and provide them extra tools so that they are able to utilize their skills. As someone who has ongoing industry employment, I want to use my unique perspective to help students find out about opportunities, get them involved in industry, and hopefully set them up for employment at the end of their degree programs.

Please describe your membership and involvement in other UBC Okanagan clubs, student groups or extracurricular activities:

I have not yet officially joined anything but I plan on joining GHESS to plan events for the Faculty of Health and Social Development. Aside from that, I have previous experience in undergrad at Mount Royal University sitting on the Faculty of Science and Technology Faculty Council and working in New Student Orientation to advocate for students and get them the resources they need to succeed.

Please explain how you would effectively advocate for the community that you are proposing to represent:

As a graduate student who has worked in industry (medical imaging in Calgary, AB), I want to advocate for opportunities that will allow students to transition to the workforce and get employed after they have finished their degrees. Whether this be networking events, dialogues on how skills can be transposed to the workforce, changes in curriculum that make students more competitive, or skill-building opportunities that are slightly less aligned with students’ current area of study to provide multidimensional utility to an employer. While thesis-based projects are cool and build skills, finding out the exact way that they can be transposed to industry can be trying and does not necessarily set students up to be employed. I want to advocate for students so that their education can take them anywhere they choose by providing them the right tools to succeed in professional programs, academia, or industry. Let’s focus on the long-term outcomes and how we can get our students to build meaningful careers that come from the springboard of academia.

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DEADLINE: October 18, 2021

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