Since the spring of 2005, the BCCRC Graduate Student and Post Doctoral Society (GrasPods) has been creating opportunities for trainees and post doctoral fellows to learn and network.
We have an exciting year of discoveries and opportunities ahead of us!
In the previous year, we hosted one of our most successful and highly attended BC Cancer’s Research Days featuring Dr. Ravindra Majeti. For this year’s Research Day, GrasPods is excited to announce we will be hosting Dr. Nada Jabado, a leader in the field of pediatric brain oncology.
GrasPods is beyond thrilled and honoured to have Dr. Mary-Claire King, a world-renowned geneticist, as our keynote speaker for this year’s Bennett Family Distinguished Lecture Series. We will be holding Jobs in Science Interviews for both our esteemed speakers for our trainees to learn from the best! We will continue to host trainee lunches with visiting scientists from our Monday Noon Seminars.
GrasPods is dedicated to providing trainees with academic and professional development. Our successful R Programming workshops will continue and we plan to introduce workshops such as Flow Cytometry and other topics requested by our trainees! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas for workshops, we would love to hear from you!
Last year, we implemented new health, wellness and social initiatives including purchasing volleyball nets and our monthly Stress-Free Space event (last Wednesday every month before Art Night!). This year, we are adding even more monthly events such as our Board games night occurring the 2nd Thursday every month and Fit Friday occurring the 3rd Friday of every month!
GrasPods mission is to provide a sense of community among researchers and trainees, come join us at our events throughout the year.
We hope to see you soon!
Yours Truly in Research,
GrasPods 2018 President
Who we are
President | Jessica Pilsworth
VP Internal | Vanessa Porter
VP External | Jasleen Grewal
VP Finance | Colin Hammond
Sponsorship Coordinator | Patrick Coulombe
Academic Coordinators | Angela Mo & Derek Wong
Communications Coordinator | Ann Sun
Jobs In Science Interview Series Coordinators | Yang Xia & Sohrab Salehi
Sports Coordinator | Adam Sage
Wellness Coordinator | Brenda Minatel & Courtney van Ballegooie
Social Events Coordinators | Cassia Warren & Erin Marshall
Sustainability Coordinator | Katherine Dixon
Graphic Design/Posters | Sofya Langman
Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator | Kendall Greening
3rd & 4th Floor Rep | NA
5th & 6th Floor Rep | Courtney van Ballegooie & Cassia Warren
7th & 8th Floor Rep | Annie Cavalla
9th & 10th Floor Rep | Jennifer Lu & Rachel Cederberg
11th Floor Rep | Louis Fournier
12th Floor Rep | Lauren Chong
13th Floor Rep | Ryan Yen
Genome Sciences Centre Rep | Jasleen Grewal
Prostate Centre Rep | Mannan Nouri
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Rep | Hilary Brewis
If you would like to volunteer with the society, or have suggestions for speakers to invite, ideas for events, or other questions or comments, please contact us.