Graduate Student Orientation 2020

Connect with your peers, learn about being a graduate student, and discover UBC Okanagan.

Graduate Orientation plays an important role in helping you start your studies off strong. Although orientation may look a little different this year, the focus remains the same – providing you with the information you need.

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 and May 2020.

In response to social distancing measures, this year’s Graduate Student Orientation will be hosted online. There are two main components for this year’s orientation; UBC 501 and Graduate Student Orientation Week.

If you have questions about orientation, please email gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca.

UBC 501

 

UBC 501 is a self-guided, online orientation designed to help prepare you for your arrival at UBC Okanagan. UBC 501 is made up of five modules and can be accessed anywhere, anytime with an internet connection. Each module takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The modules cover topics such as graduate student expectations, working with your supervisor, familiarizing yourself with Kelowna and the Okanagan, history and traditions of UBC Okanagan, and important on-campus resources to help you along the way.

Enroll in UBC501

Graduate Student Orientation Week

Date: August 31 to September 4, 2020
Location: from the comfort of wherever you’d like!

The purpose of Graduate Student Orientation Week is to give you the critical information and skills needed to be successful in grad school while providing opportunities to get to know your peers and the campus at UBCO. ZOOM workshops will be held throughout the week.

Orientation Registration

Click the dropdowns below to register for workshops throughout Graduate Student Orientation Week. You must be registered for a workshop to attend.

Once you register for a workshop, you will receive a confirmation email. A few days before the workshop you will receive a ZOOM invitation for the workshops.

For more information about using ZOOM, read the ZOOM Student Guide.

Date: August 31, 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Welcome to Graduate School - Graduate Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to graduate school. We are pleased to welcome you into the graduate community at UBC Okanagan. This session is hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and will include a welcome message from Dr. Peter Simpson, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, information about awards, events, and how the office can help you during your time as a graduate student.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: August 31, 2020
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

The University's Relationship with the Host Nation - Graduate Student Orientation

The Okanagan Nation’s history with UBC dates back to the inception of this campus in 2005. Join Okanagan Nation member Adrienne Vedan, Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs and the Director of Aboriginal Programs & Services, on an interactive journey through the evolving relationship with UBC and the unique programming offered here.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: August 31, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Introduction to Research Ethics & Writing the Ethics Application - Graduate Student Orientation

This workshop will cover: - the importance of research ethics review; - the Tri-Council Policy Statement; - the ethics review process at UBC; - when Research Ethics Board (REB) approval is needed; - tips for writing the ethics application and resources available; - the behavioural application form; and - provide an overview of navigating in Research Information Systems (RISe).

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: sEPTEMBER 1, 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Working from Home - Graduate Student Orientation

This online workshop provides tips to set up your workspace and tools to keep you motivated on writing projects. Connect with other incoming graduate students during this time to discuss what writing supports you need. You’ll also learn strategies to structure your day and set writing expectations. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 1, 2020
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

How Graduate Students Matter - Learn How to Respond to Disclosures of Sexualized Violence

Sexualized Violence has no place at UBCO but you do. You might hold lots of titles and roles as a graduate student at UBC and it is important for you to learn about your responsibilities in creating a culture of consent that centers survivors. You can help. Join the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office to learn skills and knowledge on how to best to respond and support survivors. It begins by listening, upholding confidentiality, asking for what people need, respecting their decisions believing and validating. In this training, folks will also learn about the policy, the difference between a disclosure and a report, the investigations office and resources both on and off-campus.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 2, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM

Flowing through Grad School - Graduate Student Orientation

This workshop is a gentle yoga flow to get the body moving and set the tone for the rest of your day. Vinyasa based, synchronizing breath with movement, students will work through a series of poses, moving smoothly from one posture to the next. Participants can expect to developing breathing techniques, improving balance, and flexibility through the various postures.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 2, 2020
Time: 8:15 – 9:15 AM

International Student Information Session - Graduate Student Orientation

The session will provide you with essential information about immigration and health insurance, including the services and advising offered by International Programs and Services. During the session, you can expect to: - Meet the International Programs and Services team at UBC’s Okanagan campus, meet other international students, and start to build your support network - Learn about the services available that will help you navigate your settlement goals

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 3, 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Planning Your Graduate Research Project - Graduate Student Orientation

Join the Centre for Scholarly Communication for an online workshop to discuss tools for planning and achieving your goals throughout your graduate degree. We will introduce you to time and project management strategies, as well as resources you can access through the UBCO library to assist you with planning and writing your thesis. Suitable for graduate students from all disciplines.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 3, 2020
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience - Graduate Student Orientation

This workshop can help you move from merely surviving your graduate experience to actually thriving by helping you build resilience and plan for stressful situations. Developing a plan to get through potentially stressful situations can have a positive impact on both your personal and academic life. Understanding how other people deal with stress can also improve your ability to be objective about how their actions may impact you. If we recognize that we all respond to stressors in our own way, we can also recognize that behaviours of another person, which may seem inappropriate or problematic, could be that individual’s own struggle to deal with stress or adversity. Having a high level of resilience does not mean you will avoid stress. It means you will be able to adapt to it and recover more effectively from it.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 3, 2020
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile - Graduate Student Orientation

Do you need to brush up your LinkedIn profile? Need tips for virtual networking? Whether you are a beginner just starting out on LinkedIn, or you’re an expert, this workshop is for you. Join us for this interactive workshop to help elevate your profile and get the most out of your virtual network.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 4, 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

What I Wish I Knew When I Started Grad School - Graduate Student Orientation

Learn from those who have been there and get to know your peers. This session is a panel discussion hosted by graduate student members of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Each panellist will share tips and advice that have been helpful for them throughout their graduate studies. Students will then join a small group for a moderated Q&A session with a panellist.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca

Date: September 4, 2020
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Building Effective Supervisory Relationships - Graduate Student Orientation

This workshop will feature a panel of faculty members with supervisory experience from each Faculty at UBC Okanagan. Each faculty member will share advice on how to build an effective working relationship with your supervisor. The session will also feature breakout groups, with students from each Faculty participating in small group discussions facilitated by their respective faculty members.

Privacy Notification

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for event registration for the College of Graduate Studies. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca