Vivien M Srivastava Workshops


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In partnership with the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment Fund, UBC Science sponsors workshops organized by women graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows for their peers across UBC Science.

Career Planning

Proposed workshop series should explore career-planning issues faced by women science graduate students or post-doctoral fellows. It should facilitate discussions of a range of questions regarding professional and personal life goals and decisions in preparation of the next step(s) for a successful research career. Invited speakers will typically include mentors from within and outside academia (e.g., faculty members, professionals, alumni).

A series of four mini-workshops held over the course of one term for your peers may be tailored to certain fields (e.g., physical, mathematical or life sciences) or appeal more broadly. Sample topics include:

  • Overcoming (unconscious) biases and barriers
  • How to align career goals and personal life choices
  • Transitioning after the PhD
  • Professional networking and building a relationship with potential reference-letter writers

While priority must be given to women's participation, facilitators are welcome to invite peers of all genders to register.

Eligibility

All women graduate students supervised by a tenure-stream faculty who are appointed within the Faculty of Science (UBC Vancouver) and women post-doctoral fellows appointed within the Faculty of Science (UBC Vancouver) can apply, for workshops hosted on UBCV campus. Proposal submission by a group of at least 2 organizers is required.

Funding

Eligible expenses include light lunch or snacks/refreshments at $20 maximum per person per mini-workshop. Token of appreciation for speakers may be considered (with value of gift below $100 per speaker).

Review

Applications are typically reviewed twice a year (in spring for series in term 1, in fall for series in term 2). Decisions are based on applicants' eligibility, stringency of proposal and availability of funds. Applications are adjudicated by the fund's oversight committee. Applicants will be notified within a month of the closing date.

Workshop guidelines

Research Mentor

The fund partners with UBC Science units to support the costs associated with the invitation of women scientists and mathematicians to give a research talk hosted by the unit’s seminar series, and a career-mentoring workshop hosted by graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows for their peers in UBC Science.

Proposed workshop will facilitate career-mentoring and networking discussions, with the invited speaker exploring with her audience how to recognize and overcome potential implicit or explicit career barriers. Sample topics include:

  • Addressing unconscious biases
  • How to align career goals and personal life choices
  • Transitioning after the PhD
  • Professional networking
  • Building relationships with potential reference-letter writers
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Success in science through resilience and tenacity
  • Or other, field-specific mentoring topics

A successful application will require collaboration between the unit’s seminar organizers and workshop organizers (post-docs/graduate students) to identify guest speakers willing to facilitate a workshop (in addition to their research presentation). A successful application will include details of organizing the workshop (duration: min. 1.5 hours, max. 4 hours).

Eligibility

Science graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in collaboration with unit’s seminar host (or seminar committee) can apply, for workshops hosted on UBCV campus. Proposal submission by a group of at least 2 organizers is required.

Funding

Eligible expenses include light lunch or snacks/refreshments at the workshop (at $25 maximum per person), and up to half of the speaker’s travel expenses – with a maximum funding of $1,500 for one workshop proposal. The fund will co-sponsor one research-mentor workshop per UBC Science doctoral-degree program each academic year.

Review

Applications are typically reviewed twice a year (in spring for hosting speaker in term 1, in fall for hosting speaker in term 2). Decisions are made based on the applicants’ eligibility, stringency of proposal, and availability of funds. Applications are adjudicated by the Fund’s oversight committee. Applicants will be notified within a month of the closing date.

Workshop guidelines

Skills Development

A proposed full-day workshop designed to offer training to women graduate students and postdocs in an area deemed assets for a successful research career. Examples include: Data and software-programming. Best practices in real-time PCR for data collection and analysis. Figure assembly and acceptable manipulation of scientific images. The workshop can be tailored to certain fields (e.g., physical, mathematical or life sciences) or more broadly, with relevance to peers across science. Workshop facilitators may include the applicants, women postdocs and graduate students in UBC Science, mentors from within and outside academia, and professional facilitators.

Not everyone has experienced a diverse and equally encouraging learning environment to gain the technology knowledge and skills needed for pursuing their career goals. With this opportunity, we are building on the success of previous events for women in science, providing for a safe and open learning and networking environment.

Eligibility

Women post-doctoral fellows appointed within the Faculty of Science (UBC Vancouver) and women graduate students supervised by a tenure-stream faculty member appointed within the Faculty of Science (UBC Vancouver) can apply to host and facilitate a full-day workshop on UBCV campus for their women peers. Proposal submission by a group of at least 2 organizers is required, 3 or more facilitators strongly recommended.

Funding

Eligible expenses include light lunch and snacks/refreshments at $30 maximum per person participating at the full-day workshop. An honorarium for a professional facilitator may be considered. However, priority will be given to facilitators who are women post-docs or graduate students in Science. In addition, these facilitators are eligible to apply for funding for a train-the-trainer workshop that they will attend in preparation of their proposed workshop.

Review

Applications are typically reviewed twice a year (in spring for workshop in term 1, in fall for workshop in term 2). Decisions are made based on the applicants’ eligibility, stringency of proposal, and the availability of funds. Applications are adjudicated by the Fund’s oversight committee. Applicants will be notified within a month after the closing date.

Workshop guidelines

This initiative is sponsored in memory of Dr. Vivien M. Srivastava, the first woman to receive a PhD in Zoology at UBC. Learn more about the Vivien M. Srivastava Memorial Endowment Fund and our women-in-science initiatives.

Submit your proposal for a workshop

Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Kate Blackburn, UBC Science, via email by DECEMBER 2, 2019.

Submit a proposal for a career planning workshop Submit a proposal for a research mentor workshop

Submit a proposal for a skills development workshop