GrasPods Welcome Week

open to undergratuate, graduate, and postdoctoral students

Start your schoolterm social and smart


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Plant Workshop

Monday, Sept 9th, 4:00 - 5:30pm

BCCRC Main Floor Lunchroom

Sign up to decorate and plant your very own potted succulent! Come hang out and meet new and returning students! All materials will be provided.

Data Visualization Workshop with Martin Krzywinski

Tuesday, Sept 10th, 12:00 - 1:00pm
BCCRC Diamond Family Lecture Theatre

In this workshop, you will be lead by the world renowned data visualization scientist, Martin Krzywinski (Staff Scientist at the Genome Sciences Centre). Martin is most famous for developing the infamous Circos plots and Hive plots, but he also has been the mind behind several genome- and cancer-inspired art pieces for Nature, New York Times, VGH, GSC, and more!

UBC FOGS and GrasPods present - "Building Effective Supervisory Relationships"

September 11, 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Have you ever wondered about strategies you can use to build strong relationships with your supervisor? Have you thought about ways of avoiding conflicts or managing them? Or are you just starting out in grad school, and aren't entirely sure what all the fuss is about? Then this is the workshop for you! 

In the first hour, we will be describing important strategies for developing strong working relationships that support progress through your graduate program and for addressing and managing conflict. You have the option of sticking around for the last half hour (12 - 12:30 PM) to join us for a group-based, solutions-focused activity discussing scenarios derived from actual supervisor-student situations. There will be ample time for discussion!

Learning Outcomes: 

·         Identify key strategies to build effective relationships with supervisors

·         Consider factors that potentially contribute to trust and reciprocity in relationships with supervisors

·         Focus on making timely progress through your program and meeting milestones

·         Consider factors that can disrupt effective supervisory relationships

·         Appreciate the importance of clear boundaries in supervisory relationships

·         Problem-solve ways to manage conflict

·         Find sources of assistance in the event of intractable conflict


The workshop will be led by Emily Pitcher and Rehana Bacchus. 

Game Night

Thursday, September 12 5:30-late

12th floor boardroom

Come join us for a special game night featuring board games, jackbox games, and video games! Beer and snacks provided. 

Trivia night with Wine and Ice Cream Sundaes 

September 13th 5pm-late

BCCRC Main floor lunchroom

Blurb: Come unwind and meet your fellow trainees with a trivia night, wine, and an ice cream sundae bar! Winners of trivia will be provided with covered cost to Brewery Night next Friday September 20th.

XIMBASSADOR PROGRAM: Internship Opportunity in the Life Sciences

Sept 19th 12-1pm (lunch will be provided)

BC Cancer Diamond Lecture Theatre

What does this opportunity involve? BC Cancer and Ximbio are looking for candidates to engage with laboratories on campus and uncover new reagents and materials of interest to other scientists. The Ximbassador will contribute to the identification, description, and commercialization of novel research reagents generated at the university. This paid internship, running alongside the Ximbassador’s day-to-day research, is temporary and part-time: 5 hours per week, 20 hours per month. Compensation: $20 USD per hour.

Brewery Night

September 20th, leave BCCRC at 5pm - late.

Where: Local breweries nearby

Cost: $15

Enjoy a pint (or three) and some appies with some new and returning students! Tickets will be sold at the GrasPods Welcome Booth at the BCCRC lobby (Sept. 9th - 13th, 9-10am and 12:30-1:30pm) or by emailing Jennifer at so drop by to get yours before they run out! 

Volleyball Tournament

Wednesday, September 18th, warm up starts at 4pm - late

Kits Beach

Cost: Free

Come enjoy the last few weeks of Summer by spending an evening on the beach! We’re hosting a volleyball tournament at Kits beach so come play beach volleyball against your fellow Gradstudents and PostDocs. Sign up as a team or let us match you up with others to form a team. The number of players per team is 4 but don’t worry if you can’t make a full team.  All skill levels welcome, snacks provided, and prizes for the top teams. Join us after for beer and nachos at the Local.

Dog Mountain hike

September 21st 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Dog Mountain, Mount Seymour

Cost: CA$ 7

Let’s get outdoors and appreciate the beauty of Vancouver this fall! Join GSS and GrasPods on a hike to Dog Mountain, meet new friends and enjoy a spectacular view of Vancouver. Transport and a small breakfast is organized by GSS for CA$17. The good news is, GrasPods is subsidizing the cost of this hike to CA$7 for GrasPods members only. All you need to do is just follow three steps,

Step 1: Register for the hike through Eventbrite using this link

Step 2: Send the confirmation of registration to GrasPods wellness coordinator, Geetha at

Step 3: Join us at one of the venues and get a reimbursement of CA$10 as cash from GrasPods. We recommend you to be at least 15 minutes early.

1.  UBC at the Thea Koerner House (6371 Crescent Road) at 9:00am

2.  Park Inn (898 W Broadway) at 9:20 am

3.  Canada Place (bus pickup zone) at 9:45 am.