February, 2024

The newsletter from the
Department of Zoology at UBC


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Deadlines & Important upcoming dates


Save the date
Zoology 100th Anniversary
April 29th, April 30th and May 1st, 2024

To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a symposium consisting of:
⭐ ZGSA's Debbie and Justin Wragg-Schmidt Zoology Spring Symposium graduate students presentations plus ⭐ two additional days of speakers nominated by the members of our major research and teaching clusters.


ONGOING - ZOOLOGY SEARCH: Two Assistant Professors in Evolution

Here is the 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm job seminar schedule:

Jan 11 - Katherine Xue ---------- CHEM D300
Jan 15 - Michael Yuan  ----------  MSL 102
Jan 18 - Waring (Buck) Trible --- CEME 1215
Jan 22 - Heather Bruce ----------  MSL 102
Jan 29 - Allie Graham -----------  SPPH B151

Feb   1 - Erik Enbody ------------  MSL 102
Feb   5 - Sam Church ------------  MSL 102
Feb   8 - Jing Lin Xie ------------- MSL 102
Feb 12 - Asher Leeks ------------  MSL 102

More information: job seminar recordings and feedback surveys (CWL login)


Apply to participate in a Living Data Project working group - deadline: February 6, 2024

The Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution, as part of its NSERC-CREATE Living Data Project, is now accepting applications for graduate students who wish to participate in the following working groups.


Apply here

2024 Faculty of Science Academic Equipment Fund - deadline: February 12, 2024 at noon

Please submit your applications to zoology.info@ubc.ca by noon on the Feb 12. In the application, it is imperative that the proposals demonstrate how the teaching and learning goals of the department will benefit from the equipment purchased.


More information

Indigenous Graduate Fellowship (IGF) - deadline: February 16, 2024 at 4:00PM PT

Multi-year fellowships are provided to Indigenous Master’s and Doctoral students in all disciplines.


More information


Sign up for Zoology’s 3MT - 3 Minute Thesis (March 7 @ 2pm in Beaty Auditorium) - deadline: February 19, 2024

We are looking for graduate students to participate in Zoology’s 3MT Heat and present their thesis work in 3 minutes or less! The winner will receive $100 (paid as an award) and all other participants will receive a small token of appreciation. The winner and runner-up will also advance to the UBC semi-final 3MT Competition.


Application form

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards - department deadline: February 23, 2024 to zool.gradprgm@ubc.ca

The award is open to any UBC Graduate Teaching Assistant at UBC Vancouver who has been acting in the position during the current academic year (2023-24) and/or the preceding academic year (2022-23). People are encouraged to nominate GTAs and GTAs are encouraged to self-nominate!

Killam GTA Awards 2023-24 – Call for Nominations


Biology TA Award 2024 Call for Applications is now open! - deadline: March 11, 2024


Please see the Biology website


Bake a cake for
Darwin's 215th Bday!

Monday, February 12th from 4:45-6:00 PM at the BRC Atrium.

Let us celebrate evolution, biodiversity,
and Darwin by eating cake.

4:45 pm : bring your cake
5:00 pm: judging will commence
5:30 pm: eating cake

There will be prizes for the best cake!

Every entry is eligible to get $10 reimbursed for supplies purchased to bake these masterpieces - save your receipts.

Optional: to enter your cake for the contest


Reminder: next 4 Faculty Meetings 🗓️

       Tuesday February 27, 12:00 to 13:30, Location: MSL 101
Monday March 11, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD
Tuesday April 2, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD
Monday April 22, 1200 to 1330, Location TBD



    Faculty - awards



Brett Couch receives the 2023 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service award -

Brett will receive the award on Monday March 4, 2024


🖥️  ZCU TIP 💽

How to print a poster? Here are the ZCU instructions:

Poster printing information


Committees and other units - updates

Graduate Program

  • For faculty who are applying for Undergraduate Research Awards:

    NSERC USRA Applications
    Deadline: February 20 to zool.gradprgm@ubc.ca
    Please review the FAQ and Handbook closely

    SURE Applications
    Deadline: February 20 to zool.gradprgm@ubc.ca
    Students who applied for the NSERC USRA will automatically be considered for the SURE.
    - Available in summer sessions only
    - Students must be UBC-V B.Sc./BCS students, and may be either domestic or international
    - Award holders must be appointed for at least 8 weeks
    (subject to change each year as we receive information from Science)

ZEDI: Zoology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • To all current and future teaching assistants - the new Teaching Assistant Development and Advancement (TADA) Canvas page is up and running! Please consider completing one of the asynchronous workshop modules "Creating An Inclusive Learning Environment: Identities, Language, Respect" to help you create a safe, welcoming space for your students in the classroom.

    To self-enroll, please use this link: https://canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/R6JCLW

Biology Office

  • Please have a contingency plan for classes, exams, etc. in case of transit strike Feb 3rd onwards.
  • The April final exam schedule with dates should be available in late February.
  • Do you have a stellar TA or peer tutor this term, who would be a good candidate for a Biology TA Spotlight or Peer Tutor Spotlight?

    These spotlights are featured on the Biology website, and you can also see them on screens throughout the Biological Sciences Building. They are a great way for us to celebrate these important teaching team members, and an opportunity for the whole Biology community to get to know them better.

    If you would like to nominate someone for a Spotlight, please email Erica Jeffery (jefferye@mail.ubc.ca) with your nominee's name (pronouns), contact info, and one or two words describing why they are an excellent candidate.

  • Instructors: consider doing a mid-term feedback for students in February in your courses!
    Some resources from our SES Christine Goedhart:
    - Addressing the 5 Major Reasons Instructors Don't Do Mid-Course Student Feedback
    - Mid-course Reflection: It's Time to Check-in with These 3 People

Community Engaged Resources and Funding for faculty
To see how the Centre is supporting teaching and learning at UBC Vancouver please visit this website. The center offers courses via Canvas and funding.




BIOLOGY COMMUNITY PANTRY - please contribute to replenish the pantry!

Who is it for? Biology undergraduate students

Where is it? Biosciences, 2nd floor, East wing


All members of the department are welcome!
Here is the schedule for February:

Feb  2 - BRC + window mural party - atrium
Feb  9 - LSC - #1416
Feb 16 - BIOSCI - 3rd floor South wing
Feb 23 - BRC - atrium

Please remember to bring your own mug

Friday Coffee and Donuts schedule


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