Events Archive

Welcome to the archive of previous PSA events!

2021~2022

Note:

Hello valued members of UBC PSA, given the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, we would like to announce that, out of an abundance of caution, all PSA events for term 1 will be completely online. We work hard to help you feel safe, take the necessary precautions of preventing the spread of the pandemic, and strive to provide the maximum level of accommodation to everyone across the globe. We had a year of hands-on experience spearheading online events last year and they were well-received. We hope to carry that success forward to this year as well!

We will reevaluate the situation to determine the appropriate logistics to proceed for term 2.

Moving Forward: Equity and Inclusion

On Tuesday, March 22nd from 3 – 4:30 pm, our PSA Academics is proud to present our Moving Forward: Equity and Inclusion in Psychology Research. This event aims to increase the visibility of psychology research focusing on EDI issues and echo the future directions in psychology research regarding EDI. We will be welcoming three panellists who will share their research and involvement with EDIT!

Come and join us to learn what needs to be done to improve our discipline regarding EDI concerns. Be sure to check out our panellists’ bios in our newsletter emailed!

To encourage diversity, this event is free for all! Don’t forget to RSVP under “Important Links” in our newsletter and stay tuned for the Zoom link.

Hanging Out With Dr. Troung

It’s time for the PSA’s next Hanging Out with A Prof event! Next Thursday, join us and Dr. Grave Troung, who is a three-time UBC graduate! She currently runs the Motivated Cognition Lab and researches attention, seld-relevance and ownership.

Join us on Thursday, March 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Zoom. We will begin ice-breakers at 5:30 pm and welcome Dr. Troung at 6 pm. Check out the Zoom link to this free event under the “Important Links” section in our newsletter.

The GALA

Get ready to dress up and celebrate the end of the academic year with PSA at the Gala! Last year we couldn’t have one, so we are even more excited to welcome you to this annual event. Based on the theme “West Coast”, we will serve food from the west coast and the dress code is semi-formal.

The Gala will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm at the Great Hall South. Enjoy a lively evening with friends, great food and the PSA community! Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the link in our newsletter. Attendees must wear face masks at all times and proof of vaccination is required. Please note that gates open at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. Make sure to RSVP and we can’t wait to see you there!

How to get into Research Labs

Due to popular demand from last semester, How to Get into Research Labs is back! This event will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to understand what different labs at UBC have to offer, and the qualities which the hiring managers may be looking for in undergraduate research assistants in order to acquire the best research experience.

This is our very first in-person academic event of the year and it’s members-only. It will be held at a location disclosed in our newsletter on Wednesday, March 2nd from 5 – 6:30 pm. Registration opens at 4:40 pm on the same day.

To respect the Cpvid-19 restrictions and maintain the health and safety of our community, we will be requiring proof of vaccination upon entry. We also request that all attendees wear masks.

The RSVP link along with panellists for this event is provided in our “Important Links” section in the newsletter.

To read a detailed account for this event, please click HERE.

Interview Workshop

Hunting for jobs is never easy and interviews can be the most challenging part. But the good news is that there are useful tips and resources that can help make the process easier.

Discover these tips at our Interview Workshop on Thursday, February 17th from 5 to 6:30 pm on Zoom. The event will be hosted by Dr. Eva Zysk, who will share advice on topics such as preparing for each stage of an interview, how to present yourself during an interview, and how to understand what employers are looking for in an interviewee. This event is for members only and you must RSVP to attend. The RSVP link is provided in our “Important Links” section.

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

Hanging out with Dr. Rawn

The next professor featured in our Hanging Out series is Dr. Catherine Rawn, who specializes in teaching and educational leadership.

Dr.Rawn’s academic training is in experimental social psychology. with an emphasis on quantitative methods. not only is Dr. Rawn a professor teaching introductory psychology and statistics, but she is also the Chair of Curriculum Committees at both the Faculty of Arts and Psychology Department levels.

Come and learn more about Dr. Rawn and her research on Tuesday, February 8th from 3 – 5 pm on Zoom. The event will begin with an icebreaker at 3 pm and Dr. Rawn will be available to talk with from 3:30 – 5 pm!

Find the link in the “Important Links” section in our newsletter. The event is free and open to everyone!

Totebag Decoration

We’re excited to announce that this week, we’ll be hosting our very first in-person event of the year! Our Tote Bag decoration event will be held at Douglas T. Kenny Building Room 2101 on Thursday, February 10th and Friday, February 11th at 5 pm.

Don’t miss out on this extra special occasion. You’ll get to decorate your own tote bags while meeting new people in a fun and non-virtual environment!

To respect Covid-19 restrictions and maintain the health and safety of our community, we will be requiring proof of vaccination and both the two sessions will be limited to 30 people each. We also request that all attendees wear masks. This event is for PSA members only, so we encourage you to purchase a membership to join in on the fun.

You can RSVP via the registration link in the “Important Links” section in our newsletter. We can’t wait to see you there!

CV Workshop

Our CV workshop is back on February 7th from 5-6:30 pm! Join us as Dr. Benjamin Cheung hosts another interactive and valuable workshop. This workshop gives you the chance to learn about what is the difference between a resume and a CV, what makes a great CV and how to avoid common errors.

Please note that this is a PSA members-only event and you will need to RSVP. Check out the important links section in the newsletter to register or purchase our $5 membership!

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

PSA Icebreaker

Want to meet new friends to start off the new term? Have questions about the PSA or psychology?

PSA’s got you covered with another ICEBREAKER event on Thursday, January 27th from 6 to 7 pm! Come join us to get to know more people in the PSA! We will be playing Kahoot and there will be a price for the person who wins!

All PSA members are welcome to this free event!

Letter of Recommendation Workshop

Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back the Letter of Recommendation Workshop!

Dr. Ben Cheung will once again be sharing his most helpful tips on how to approach professors and obtain a positive reference letter.

Join us on Zoom from the comfort of your home on Wednesday, January 26th from 6-7:30 pm. This event is free for all! We look forward to seeing you there. The Zoom link will be provided in the newsletter.

For a detailed account of this event, please click here.

Hanging Out With Dr. Mark Lam

Thinking about majoring in psychology? Confused about psychological theory? Hoping to discover the best study techniques? Or just interested in meeting a professor? Out Hanging Out with a Prof series is back in term 2 with Dr. Mark Lam!

Dr. Lam is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and the Chair of the Health & Society Minor in the Faculty of Arts. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and health psychology.

This event is free for all and will be held on January 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event will begin with icebreaker games where you get to connect with your peers. Then Dr. Lam will join us for a casual QnA! Whether you’re debating majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a UBC psychology professor, everyone is welcome to ask their burning questions during the QnA.

The Zoom link will be provided in the newsletter.

Hanging Out With Dr. Nancy Sin

Our next Hanging Out event will feature Dr. Nancy Sin! Dr. Sin’s expertise in health psychology relates to her interests on daily positive experiences, connections between stress and sleep, and more!

Join us on Tuesday, November 23rd from 12:30 – 2 pm for an icebreaker, a chat with Dr. Sin, and an opportunity to ask questions beyond office hours or class.

Please find the zoom link under “Important Links” in our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there!

Compass

The Compass is a welcoming community of Arts students, staff, faculty, and alumni that offers curated resources + student engagement and career programming to help you make the most of your Arts degree.

They are hosting a free Arts Alumni Talk Event on Thursday, November 18th from 12:30 – 1:50 pm featuring Kieran Davey, an International Relations student who also minored in psychology. This is another opportunity for tips on how to get involved at UBC and ask questions! Please note that this will be an in-person event at The Leon and Thea Koerner University Center with lunch provided. To learn more about Kieran and the event, check out their event page under “Important Links” in our newsletter.

Careers Night

In collaboration with the UBC Neuroscience Club, the PSA will be hosting an informative Careers Night on Tuesday, November 16th from 7 – 8:30 pm.

A group of panellists, with degrees in both Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, have been invited to share the stories of their career paths and to answer the students’ questions about finding possible careers in the fields of both Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience.

This is a PSA and UNC members-only event. If you are interested, please check out our membership details and RSVP under “Important Links” in our newsletter by November 15th at 11:59 pm to not miss the amazing event!

Panellists’ information will be released on our social media platforms and in the newsletter next week.

To view a detailed account of this event, click HERE.

How to get into Research Labs

Are you hoping to join a research lab but not quite sure how to start? Or maybe you’re wondering how to ace your research assistant application? Join us at our upcoming panel event, “How to Get Into Research Labs” on Thursday, November 4th from 7 – 8 pm.

A panel of current undergraduate research assistants, a lab manager, and a research coordinator will be sharing tips and advice for securing a research lab position! At this event, you will learn about the various labs offered at UBC, the qualities that hiring managers look for in undergraduate research experience, as well as how to acquire the best research experience.

Be sure to RSVP via the link under “Important Links” section in our newsletter by Wednesday, November 3rd at 11:59 pm.

To view the detailed account of this event, click HERE.

Grad School Series Part 2

Unsure about preparing for Grad School and the GRE? If only someone who had applied and gotten into their program of choice could guide me through the application process… Don’t worry, the second installment in the PSA’s ongoing Grad School Series has got you covered!

This members-only event will take place on Wednesday, October 27th from 7 – 8 pm PST and feature a panel of the following five grad students. They will answer questions on their experiences, application tips, what motivated them to take this step in their career, and much more. The zoom link will follow on our social media.

Here are the five panellists:

  • Jin Wen: Master’s Degree in Health Psychology at UBC and Ph.D. student in the Health Psychology program.
  • Erin Fitzpatrick: UBC MA student in the Clinical Psychology program
  • Andrew Li: Master’s student at the Behavioral Sustainability Lab
  • Paradox Zhou: UBC MA student in Quantitative Psychology
  • Raechel Drew: UBC Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology program

To see the detailed account of this event, please click HERE.

Movie Night

For our members-only Discord server, the PSA will be hosting a Discord movie night. This event will take place on October 28th at 7 pm PST.

To avoid missing the event, be sure to join the Discord server by October 25th via the link in our newsletter. Those who join after this date will not be able to attend the event.

We’ll be watching Get Out so come with your Halloween spirit and some popcorn! You will find this event under “popcorn time” on our discord server.

Grad School Series

This is a reminder that the PSA’s Grad School series has returned this year and will be starting off with the first event on Tuesday, October 19th from 7 – 8 pm PST! Dr. Anita DeLongis, the Associate Head of Graduate Affairs in the Department of Psychology, will be hosting a talk about the application process, what to expect from graduate school, general admission requirements, and how to identify which graduate schools or programs are right for the students.

This is a members-only event where non-members need to pay an admission fee of $5. The event will be held on Zoom and you can find the meeting link in our “Important Links” section.

 

To view detailed accounts of this event, click HERE.

 Hanging Out With a Prof Series 2

Our second Hanging Out social event was on Tuesday, October 12 from 6 – 8 pm PST. Dr. Odic is an associate professor and part of the Early Development Research Group, which consists of six research centres interested in the development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children.

The event began with a few rounds of Gartic Phone followed by a relaxing Q&A session with Dr. Odic.

During this event, we learned new facts about Dr. Odic as well as his educational and professional journey in psychology. He shared the reasons behind why he chose to work in research, how he manages stress, and his favourite topic to teach in PSYC 102 (Social Psychology because it’s the chapter students get the most excited about). Participants received lots of useful advice and tips on various topics such as finding research opportunities, time management, how to deal with imposter syndrome and more.

Fun fact! If Dr. Odic wasn’t a psychologist, he would be a journalist because he loves to write.

Missed the Hanging Out Event? We’ll be back with more so stay tuned!

PSA Icebreaker

Want to know more about the PSA and meet new people who are as passionate about psychology as you?

The PSA is hosting an ice breaker event FREE for all students!

After learning about the PSA and what we have in store for this year, you get to interact with other students through ice breakers and fun online games!

We can’t wait to see you virtually on Friday, October 1st from 5:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Zoom. Please click here to join the event.

AIESEC X PSA University Survival Guide

Another valuable and FREE event brought to you together by the PSA and AIESEC! Learn about how to get the most out of your university experience from our two AIESEC speakers — Victoria Wardell (MA Clinical Psychology) and Dr. Catherine Rawn! They will discuss finding balance in our well-being as well as effective learning strategies.

Dr. Darko Odic will then join Victoria and Dr. Rawn for a panel revolving around the theme of “letter to yourself,” where you’ll get the opportunity to hear about what our panelists would tell their university selves!

We’ll also be asking them how and why they chose their respective studies, their experiences as an undergraduate, and how they dealt with imposter syndrome, etc.

Save the date and time: Tuesday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM PST! Please click here to join the event.

To view detailed accounts of this event, click HERE.

Letter of Recommendation Workshop

Whether it’s for academic or career advancement, letters of recommendation can be crucial to your future applications.

Given how unnerving it can be to ask your professor, past employer, or manager for one, we’re inviting you to our upcoming workshop hosted by none other than Dr. Benjamin Cheung!

From being a graduate student at UBC to now being a Lecturer and Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Cheung knows his way around this challenging obstacle. As a professor, he has written letters of recommendation for his students as well!

Like all our events in September, the LoR workshop is FREE for all. Come join us on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 PM PST! Please find the Zoom link in the “important links” section of our newsletter.

Thanks to all our 95+ participants for attending the workshop. After learning about his experience with research labs, graduate schools, and discovering his passions, Dr. Cheung gave excellent tips for building relationships with professors for reference letters. Aside from academics, he emphasized the importance of character, such as motivation, collaboration, and responsibility.

To access a detailed account of this newsletter, click HERE.

If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to Dr. Cheung directly.

 Hanging Out With a Prof Series

We understand that enormous class sizes and office hours feel intimidating. But they should not let your vexed questions build a home inside you. This is why the PSA is bringing back the opportunity for you to connect with psychology professors!

Back by our popular demand, we’re kickstarting the Hanging Out With a Prof series with Dr. Benjamin Cheung, who is a Lecturer and Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator in the Department of Psychology. He is also our PSA Faculty Advisor!

Whether you’re uncertain about majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a UBC psychology professor, everyone is welcome for FREE! The event will begin with a few ice breakers and a Q&A portion with the professor will follow.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 16 from 6 – 7:30pm on zoom.

                                                 

Psychology Discord Server

We want to help psychology students meet other students in their classes, find people to study with, or just hang out with while school is online, hence the PSA has created a discord server for all the psychology classes! Click the link and join your classes’ channel to chat/call. There’s also a channel there if you just want to chill. If you can’t find your class, please contact us simply by filling the online contact form and we’ll create a channel for it.

2020~2021

Term 2

  • 23rd UBC PURC
    • From April 9th to 10th, a broad array of psychology research and concepts resonated with each other, enhancing academia even further. We would like to give a round of shout outs to all the presenters and attendees who joined us throughout the days. We would like to especially thank our keynote speaker Dr. Connor Kerns and our faculty advisor Dr. Benjamin Cheung for kindly providing us with assistance in putting PURC together.
    • We would like to congratulate all the PURC and PSA merch winners. Congrats to the oral presentation winners: Maggie Coval, Sophie Wensel, Clarine Tham, Elizabeth Krampitz, Gorkem Atilla, and Kien Nguyen! Congrats to the poster presentation winners: Eric Xu, Aimee Lutrin, Hannah Kim, Melanie Butt, Bita Jokar, and Heather Mcfayden! Congrats to the PSA merch winners: Alexandra Yam, Sakshi Sahakari, Laura Nguyen, and Sohrab Ghassemieh!
    • For more information, please go here.

 

  • Hanging Out With A Prof
    • We have our last Hanging Out with a Prof of this term with Dr. Catherine Rawn, who specializes in teaching and educational leadership. Her academic training is in experimental social psychology, with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Not only is Dr. Rawn a professor teaching introductory psychology and statistics, but she is also the Chair of Curriculum Committees at both the Faculty of Arts and Psychology Department levels. Come ask her about ways to study better, her research, or anything under the sun. All questions are welcome at this informal hangout! This FREE for all social event will take place on Wednesday, April 7th from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. We will be kicking off the event with a few ice breaker games and then the QnA portion will begin!  Whether you’re debating majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a professor, everyone is welcome! Remember to download Among us ahead of time, as we will be playing that and skribbl.

 

 

  • Annual General Meeting 
    • The PSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 8 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. During this meeting we will be discussing potential changes to our constitution and will address any comments and feedback we have received. If you have any policy suggestions you would like to make, you can fill out the feedback form. Let us know how we can improve! At the meeting, there will be a vote held for each amendment to the PSA constitution. All PSA members have the right to vote. Voting will be held via a Qualtrics online survey that will be available after the Annual General Meeting for up to 24 hours. Although voting is only open to PSA members, anyone is welcome to attend and join in on our discussion. 
    • To view the PSA election results please click this link!

 

 

  • UBC PSA & EFPSA Meet and Greet: Networking and Trivia
    • Join us on Saturday, March 27th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (PST) on Zoom for our first ever UBC PSA & European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) Meet and Greet: Networking and Trivia! 
    • Come in for an exciting networking session where we can chat and learn about each other’s student life on another continent! You will also have the chance to work with both your fellow PSA and EFPSA members as there will be exciting trivia games about animals, sports and facts about Canada and Europe! Come bridge the gap between the Atlantic!! Please fill out the RSVP form before the event!

 

 

  • Wine And Paint Event
    • Curious about how to draw a landscape painting on a canvas? Wanting to showcase your master painting skills? Join us on Wednesday, March 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom for our Wine and Paint event to explore the beauty of painting and destress from your midterms. You have the freedom to use any materials at your home but should have a canvas, some paints, and paint brushes. Also, feel free to join in with a glass of wine for those who have reached the legal drinking age depending on your region of residence. If not, any other drink of your choice will do as well. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

 

 

  • How To Get Into Research Labs
    • Seeking research opportunities? Not sure if graduate school is a future goal for you? Wanting to enhance your resume with a volunteer research assistantship experience? Join us on Tuesday, March 23rd from 7 to 8 p.m. (PST) on Zoom for our How to Get into Research Labs event. This event will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to understand what different labs at UBC have to offer and the qualities that the hiring managers may be looking for in undergraduate research assistants in order to acquire the best research experience. This is a members-only event, so please join us earlier to check in.
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • Prof Talk 5
    • PSA is back with another ProfTalk series on Tuesday, March 9th from 7 to 8 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. This time, we had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Azim Shariff, a social psychologist whose research focuses on where morality intersects with religion, cultural attitudes and economics. Dr. Shariff also examines human-technology interactions and the ethics of automation, including self-driving cars. Teaching evolutionary psychology at UBC, Dr. Shariff will be happy to answer any questions you have on academic success, his research areas, and psychology in general. Please note that this is a members-only event, so please make sure to join a few minutes early for check in.
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • Hanging Out With A Prof
    • Join us for our next Hang Out With A Prof on Friday, March 5th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. Curious about majoring in psychology or just want to get to know a prof? This time, we’re hanging out with Dr.Kaitlyn Goldsmith! She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is currently teaching human sexuality in the psychology department. Come ask her about her clinical practice at the Vancouver General Hospital, clinical psychology, and anything else at this casual hangout! The event is FREE for everyone. We will be kicking off the afternoon with fun icebreaker games and then a QnA portion!
    • Please download Among us ahead of time, as we will be playing that and skribbl.

 

 

  • Interview Workshop
    • Have an interview coming up? Looking for top-notch interview tips and tricks? Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom with Dr. Eva Zysk for an informative night on how to ace your next interview. We will be covering topics such as what employers look for in an interviewee, how to prepare for each stage of an interview, and how to present yourself during an interview. If you are interested in attending this event, kindly fill out the RSVP form.This event is members-only so please make sure to purchase our membership if you have not done so already. We hope to see you there!
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • New Perspectives on Mental Health
    • In collaboration with Wellness Proposal and Raindrops & Prose, PSA brings you the free event New Perspectives on Mental Health on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. This event aims to highlight unique voices and put the spotlight on stories that might not always get told from a variety of insightful speakers. 
    • We have the privilege to invite Ayra Faiz and Anusha Jain who will be talking about mental health in a non-Western context as well as Rishika Selvakumar who will share stories about her first term at UBC and COVID-19. What’s more, attending our event means you might have a chance to win a PSA tote bag! 

 

 

  • Valentines Day Baking Event With Latin Dance Club
    • Need a break from studying? Come bake brownies with the PSA and Latin Dance Club this Friday, February 12th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. No need to worry about your brownie-making skills. We will be making these cookies step by step so no previous experience is required. The recipe is also vegan friendly so everyone can enjoy! This is a great way to recover from stress, meet some new people, and have fun. And afterwards, you can share your delicious results with your friends and family! This event is for members only, so be sure to sign up for membership to join us.

 

 

  • CV Workshop
    • Not quite sure what a CV should look like? Bring all your burning questions to our CV workshop! This event will be taking place on Thursday, February 4th from 6 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom and will be led by Dr. Steven Barnes. The workshop is for members only, so be sure to get your membership to avoid missing out on this opportunity! 
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE! (Public)
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE! (Members Only)

 

 

  • Hanging Out With A Prof
    • Grab a warm beverage and sit down with us for the fourth edition of our Hanging Out With A Prof series. This time, please join us as we get to know lecturer, researcher, and author Dr. Jay Hosking!
    • All questions about Dr. Hosking’s time at UBC, neuroscience, or anything under the sun are welcomed at this informal hangout! It will be a great way for you to network with Dr. Hosking and your fellow students as well. We will be kicking off the event with a few icebreaker games then the Q&A portion will begin. Please download Among Us ahead of time as we will be playing that and on the website!
    • This event is Free for UBC students of all years & faculties. Whether you have declared your major, are interested in psychology, or just want to get to know a professor, everyone is welcome to join! This event will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!
  • Icebreaker
    • Are you ready for an hour long of fun games to destress from upcoming assignments? Join PSA on Friday, January 29th from 6 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom for a night of fun and a chance of winning a UBC psychology t-shirt! Aside from awakening your competitive spirit, you can also meet fellow students who are interested in the same games as you in a relaxing atmosphere.

 

  • Prof Talk 4
    • As you start the new term meeting new professors and friends, PSA is back with our good old ProfTalk series! In collaboration with the UBC Neuroscience Club, we invite Dr. Nancy Sin to learn more about her time at UBC, her research and her experience. Teaching a variety of courses in health psychology, Dr. Sin is interested in seeking protective factors of positive events to cope with stress as well as examining the link between behavioural pathways and well-being. This is also a great networking opportunity to ask any burning questions and chat with fellow students. 
    • This event will take place on Tuesday, January 26th, from 6 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

Term 1

  • Prof Talk 3
    • We are back with another event in our Prof Talk series. This month, our professor in the spotlight is Dr. Luke Clark. He will be giving useful information about your degree, research opportunities, careers, and more. You can also hear stories from Dr. Clark’s own professional and educational experiences. So come with all of your big questions! This event will take place on Thursday, November 26th, from 7 to 8 p.m. (PST) on Zoom and is for members only. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form so we can anticipate your attendance.
    • Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend this event, you can watch the live recording by clicking HERE!

 

 

  • QPR: Suicide Prevention Training
    • Question. Persuade. Refer. These are three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. QPR training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you have a conversation with someone having suicidal thoughts. PSA will be hosting a workshop for QPR training on Tuesday,November 24th, from 3 to 5 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. After this 2 hour training, you will receive a certificate of completion from QPR! 
    • This training is free for all PSA members! Please reserve your spot ASAP as there are only 23 spots available. Please find the RSVP link under “important links.” 
    • Why become certified? 
      • Build knowledge and skills to identify warning signs of suicide and how to reach out,
      • Gain basic intervention skills and effective approaches to persuade someone at risk of suicide to seek assistance,
      • Better understanding of the resources available for someone if they need help.
    • Suicide is preventable, QPR increases the likelihood that someone experiencing will be noticed and receive help. It acts as an emergency mental health intervention.
    • Note: You must attend the entire workshop in order to receive your certificate of completion. 

 

 

  • Christmas Cookies With PSA 
    • Christmas is on its way, and to prepare, we will be holding a baking event on Friday, November 20th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. The meeting password for this event is: 870057. Don’t miss out on this delicious activity. We will be making soft baked sugar cookies. A vegan and non-vegan recipe will be shared before the event and we will lead you through the process during the event. So you don’t need to be an expert to make these treats. Just come with your ingredients and your Christmas Spirit! If you share a picture of your cookies and tag us on Instagram, you will get a chance to win a prize!

 

 

  • Careers Night
    • We have been asking that big question since we were little: what do we want to be when we grow up? You might find the answer at our Career’s Night event! The PSA will be presenting a panel of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience alumni to discuss their degrees and career paths and answer your pressing questions on careers in Psychology. This is a great opportunity to gain some valuable advice!
    • This event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (PST) on Zoom. The meeting password for this event is: 890295. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form so we can anticipate your attendance.
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • Hanging Out With A Prof
    • Want to hang out, play icebreaker games, and get to know another professor? Please join us for our monthly “Hanging Out with a Prof.” This month we will be featuring UBC’s educator, research, and author: Dr. Steven Barnes! Dr. Barnes has won multiple institutional awards for teaching and is an artist! Come and ask questions about his time at UBC, his views on student mental health, online school and wellbeing during COVID-19, inquiries about behavioural neuroscience, or what his favourite food is! There will be a QnA portion, so all questions are welcome! It’ll be a great time to meet new people and get to know Dr.Barnes. Whether you’re debating about majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a prof, everyone is welcome!
    • This event will take place on Tuesday, November 17th, from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. (PST) on Zoom and everyone interested is welcome. This event is free for all
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • Counselling Psychology Students’ Association Event
    • The Counselling Psychology Students’ Association is holding their last in session event of the year! The topic of this session is “Specializing in Sex Therapy” and will be led by Erin Davidson, MA, RCC. Davidson will be sharing her experiences as a clinical counselor with a specialization in sex therapy and relationship counselling. Davidson’s goal is to bring more joy to sexuality and relationships for clients of all genders, sexual orientations, and relationship dynamics. Her first book, Thriving in Non-Monogamy: An Ethical Slut’s Guide to Overcoming Jealousy, Enjoying Sex, and Honoring Yourself, was also released last month on October 13th, 2020. Come and hear Davidson speak on Tuesday, November 17th, from 12 to 1 p.m. (PST). If you are interested in learning about the various specializations that exist in psychology, then this event might be of interest to you. General admission is $5, but the event is free for CPSA members. To register, please see the Eventbrite link. Under this section, you can also find a link to the CPSA website for more information on the event. If you would like to know more about Davidson and her work and writing, follow her on Instagram or check out her website.

 

 

  • Surviving Online School
    • Want to learn about and get advice for handling your mental health as we progress with online school and want some tips for online finals? Whether you are a 1st year student or returning student interested in ways to improve your mental health during online school, please join us for our “Surviving Online School” event! 
    • We have invited 3 high achieving students, two 4th year undergraduates and one Graduate student, who will share their experience, strategies, and resources for online school along with how you can improve your academics and mental health! They will share different strategies on what has worked for them, as well as a couple of resources to help you! You can also ask any questions you have about UBC online school, mental health, or UBC life in general! 
    • This social will be a safe space for anyone who is struggling to keep up with their self-care or just can’t figure out online studying. We will have an open discussion for all to share their experience and what you have done to make your time at UBC fulfilling! 
    • Whether your questions are about joining clubs, volunteering, mental health, life at UBC, life in Vancouver, everyone is welcome! 
    • This event will take place on Thursday, November 12th, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (PST) on Zoom and welcomes everyone interested. This event will be free for members and by donation for non-members!
  • Graduate School Series Part 2
    • If you missed out on Part 1 of our Graduate School Series, here is your chance to attend Part 2! Join us on Tuesday, October 27th, from 7 to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Zoom, as we sit down with a panel of current UBC graduate students! The meeting password for this event is: 973082
    • Come and ask Denny Dramkin, Matt Billet, Julia Nakamura, and William Orwig anything you might want to know about graduate school! If you have an interest in cognitive, moral, and health psychology, this is your chance to learn even more from this talented group.
    • If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form so we can anticipate your attendance.
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE!

 

 

  • Yoga From Home
    • Tired of sitting all day? Are you really stressed about assignments and midterms? Do you need something to help you relax? In honor of October being the mental health awareness month, PSA brings you the perfect event to take a break from school and practice self-care! Come join the PSA and the UBC Yoga Club on Friday, October 23rd, from 6 to 7 p.m. (PDT) on Zoom to relax and indulge in a form of self-care. The meeting password for this event is: 844503
    • No prior experience needed. We recommend that you wear some comfy clothes & prepare lots of space on a soft surface to maximize your stretching. You deserve this break!
    • This event is FREE for all PSA and Yoga Club members, but the entrance fee is $5 for non-members!

 

 

  • Graduate School Series Part 1 
    • Are you considering applying to Graduate school and would like to know more about it? We have just the event for you! Dr. Anita DeLongis, the Associate Head of Graduate Affairs in the Department of Psychology, will be hosting a talk about the UBC application process, what to expect from graduate school, general admission requirements and how to identify graduate schools or programs that are right for the students. Join us as we launch Part 1 of our Graduate School series on Monday, October 19th, from 7 to 8 p.m. (PDT). Come with your questions if you want to learn more!
    • This event is for members only and will be held on Zoom. The meeting password for this event is: 107860.
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE.
  • Trivia Night
    • Are you looking for a breather from school and have a lot of Psychology + UBC knowledge you could put to use somewhere other than assignments? This is the event for you! Join us on Friday, October 16th, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. (PDT) as we play Kahoot for our very first Trivia Night filled with psychology, UBC, and random knowledge questions!
    • Besides a night of fun, the winner of this trivia night will also receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Who knows, that could be you! This event will be held on Zoom and the meeting password for this event is: 731159.
  • Hanging Out With A Prof
    • Come join our usual student-faculty social turned to Hanging Out With a Prof! We invite all students of all years to join our Icebreaker and Q&A with the amazing developmental psychology lecturer Dr. Lillian May. Ask questions about online classes, current research on developmental psychology, current topics, or anything else! It’s also a great place to meet other students and network! Whether you are debating majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a prof, everyone is welcome!
    • This virtual event will be held on Friday, October 9th, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PST) via Zoom. The meeting password is: 778839.
  • Prof Talk 2
    • Have you ever wanted to ask a professor for academic, research, or university life advice but found office hours too daunting? If so, this event is for you! Our Prof Talk: Series 2 is here! Come and sit down with us and Dr. David King on Tuesday, October 6th, from 7 to 8 p.m. (PST). Grab a snack, bring a friend, and ask away!
    • This event will only be accessible to PSA members and will be held on Zoom. The meeting password is: 038308.
    • Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend this event, you can watch the live recording by clicking on the video below!

 

 

  • Intersectional Perspectives in Psychology (IPP) Journal Club
    • A new social justice journal club is starting in the UBC Department of Psychology! This journal club, Intersectional Perspectives in Psychology (IPP), aims to provide a space for the exploration of psychological research that employs an intersectional lens. We aim to acknowledge, celebrate, and study those incorporating intersectionality into their research as these voices are often lacking in traditional undergraduate studies.
    • IPP meetings will occur monthly over Zoom. Many of these meetings will include presentations from authors about their research and will give students an opportunity to discuss intersectional research with authors themselves. Through IPP, students will gain exposure to intersectional and social justice-driven psychological research and will have an opportunity to discuss, collaborate, and learn with like-minded peers. The first IPP meeting, on September 30th, 2020, will orient members to the concept of intersectionality, why it’s important for psychological research, and will set the stage for the rest of the year.
    • If you would like to join the IPP Journal club and attend the first meeting on September 30th, send your email address to ipp.journalclub@psych.ubc.ca as well as a short description of what you hope to gain from the journal club.

 

 

  • Letter Of Recommendation Workshop
    • Coming across the requirement “Letter of Recommendation” in an application form can be quite intimidating. However, this event may help you realize why it doesn’t have to be! Whether you are exploring the job market, considering research opportunities, applying to Graduate School in psychology or simply wondering what possibilities await, come join us on Wednesday, September 30th, from 7:30 to 8:30pm (PST) via Zoom with the amazing lecturer Dr. Benjamin Cheung for a Letter of Recommendation Workshop!
    • This virtual event is free for all students interested in learning about tips from approaching professors and employers and receiving a personal LoR for your future applications.
    • Please fill out the RSVP form if you are planning on attending this event! We hope to see you there!
    • If you were unable to attend this event, you can access a summarized version HERE.
    • HERE you can find some resources Dr. Cheung has shared with us at the event.

 

 

  • Prof Talk 1
    • Classroom sizes and the daunting nature of office hours often prevent us from asking our professors the burning questions. PSA presents the Prof Talk series, where you talk to your professors about your academic life at UBC and gather advice! Join us as we hold our Prof Talk Series 1 with Dr. Andrew Rivers! The event will be held on Monday, September 21st, from 7 to 8 p.m. (PDT).
    • This event is FREE FOR ALL and will be held on Zoom.
    • Please fill out the RSVP form if you are planning on attending this event! Hope to see you there!
    • Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend this event, you can watch the live recording by clicking on the video below!

       

  • Coffee With A Prof
    • This year we will be replacing our usual student faculty social with a new event: Coffee With A Prof! We invite all students of all years to join our QnA with the amazing lecturer and Indigenous Initiatives coordinator; Dr. Benjamin Y. Cheung. We encourage all to join us with your favorite coffee! This will be an event where students will not only get to know more about the faculty members of the psychology department but also gain advice from them personally on how to succeed in one’s (virtual) UBC life (or life in general). Come and ask questions about psychology classes or classes in general, research labs, tips on studying psychology, etc. Everyone is welcome, whether you are considering majoring in psychology or just interested in getting to know a professor! The event will be held on Friday, September 18th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (PDT).
    • This event is FREE FOR ALL and will be held on Zoom.
    • A full account of conversations from this event can be accessed HERE.

 

 

  • Adopt-a-First Year
    • Are you a new student to UBC interested in Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience? The PSA is hosting a new program called “Adopt-a-First Year” where 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year students in the PSA will be leading small groups of 3-4 first-year students (and new transfer students) interested in the Psychology or Behavioural Neuroscience programs at UBC. Mentors will check in with their groups at least once a month. If you would like to have a dedicated student mentor to help answer your questions that are specific to UBC Psychology/Behavioural Neuroscience or simply to help you navigate your first year at UBC, fill out this form and we will match you to a group!
    • Please aim to register by Tuesday, September 15th!

 

 

  • Imagine Day
    • Drop by our virtual booth on Imagine Day to hear about our plans for the upcoming school year and ask any questions about our events, opportunities, membership benefits and much more! You can find us on CampusBase in the “Faculty Fair Zone”, where we will be available most of the day by the chat feature or from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Zoom (link provided below).
    • Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    • Time: 2:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm
    • Where: CampusBase
    • Here is our Zoom link

 

 

  • AUS Virtual Clubs Fair
    • The AUS will be hosting a Virtual Clubs Fair on Thursday, September 9th via Zoom, where we will be giving a presentation about our events and other plans for the school year, as well as our membership benefits. You may attend one of the two sessions (or both if you wish!) by clicking on the Zoom link provided below. This is yet another opportunity to drop by and ask any questions about PSA to one of our execs!
    • Date: Thursday, September 9, 2020
    • Time: 10:00 am ~ 10:20 am or 6:00 pm ~ 6:20 pm
    • Where: Zoom
    • The zoom link for the session at 10:00 am
    • The zoom link for the session at 6:00 pm

 

2019~2020

Term 2

  • 22nd Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
    • As a long-standing tradition of The University of British Columbia’s Psychology undergraduate community, the Psychology Students’ Association of UBC and the Department of Psychology are proud to announce the 22nd Annual UBC Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference to be held on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th at UBC’s Earth Sciences Building (ESB).
    • Please visit our 22nd UBC PURC page for more details regarding presentation applications and the conference itself!
    • Unfortunately, due to social distancing measures PURC has been cancelled this year.
  • PSA 2020/21 Executive Team elections
    • Voting for PSA’s executive team for the 2020/21 school year will be open from March 15th until 11:59PM on March 19th!
    • Voting is open to ALL PSA MEMBERS, so please exercise your membership rights and cast your vote during our voting period!
    • Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who voted!
  • PSA Annual Gala 2020
    • This one is for our psychology and behavioural neuroscience students: Dress up and bring your friends for an evening of live jazz performances by the UBC Jazz Band and a buffet dinner at the PSA’s Annual Gala!
    • The dress code is semi-formal, so this is your chance to unearth your best dresses and suits to celebrate the end of another academic year with your fellow students and closest friends!
    • This year, the Gala will be held The Great Hall on the second floor of the AMS Nest.
    • Unsure of what to expect?  Looking for some ideas for what to wear? Visit our Facebook page to see photos from PSA Galas in the years past! (2018 Gala, 2019 Gala).
    • Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible – the Gala is this Thursday, March 12th from 5~8PM. Tickets may be purchased for $20 at https://www.showpass.com/gala2020/
  • March Social-Faculty Social
    • Wednesday, March 4th @4:30~6:30pm
    • Kenny 2510 (Suedfeld Lounge)
    • Free for all!
  • Paint Out in collaboration with Campus Lightbox and the Mental Health Network
    • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 @5~7PM
    • Abdul Ladha Building 2nd floor
    • Free for all!
  • Letter of Recommendation Workshop with Dr. Ben Cheung
    • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 @5~6:45PM
    • GEOG 212
    • Free for members, $5 for non-members
  • How to get into Research Labs
    • Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020 @5~6:45PM
    • GEOG 212
    • Free for all!
  • CV Workshop with Dr. Steven Barnes
    • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 @5~6:45PM
    • LSK 460
    • Free for members, $5 for non-members
  • February Social-Faculty Social
    • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 @4:30~6PM
    • Kenny 2510 (Suedfeld Lounge)
    • Free for all!
  • January Social-Faculty Social – Icebreaker
    • Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 @4:30~6PM
    • Kenny 2510 (Suedfeld Lounge)
    • Free for all!
  • 1000 Donors
    • If you are currently residing in Canada and wish to make a positive contribution during these unprecedented times, consider participating in the 1000 Donors campaign, a national campaign supported by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to bring attention to the need for domestic blood/stem cell donations while also celebrating positivity and kindness within our community.
      • Hundreds of patients in Canada with diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and aplastic anemia need a stem cell transplant to save their life, and 75% of these patients rely on unrelated donors. 80% of stem cell transplants come from international donors, but currently, patients can only rely on domestic donors due to COVID pandemic. Signing up for stem-cell donation is easy and you can get a buccal swab kit delivered to your home!
      • If you are interested in hearing more about this campaign and/or donating blood or stem cells, you can fill out this form and visit their social media accounts (on Facebook @1000 Donors, Instagram @1000Donors and Twitter @1000_Donors).
      • Here is a message from the campaign regarding a social media event to raise awareness to their cause:
        • “For those who recently donated or planning to be a donor ( blood and/or stem cell), we want you to take a picture holding a sign with our slogan: “If you can’t be on the front lines, join Canada’s lifeline.’’  We understand that there are reasons why some people cannot donate blood and/or stem cells. We still encourage and invite you to participate. Use social media and share the message. Spread awareness of our campaign. 
      • Here are the instructions:
        • Step 1) Finish filling out this form – http://bit.ly/1000Donors
        • Step 2) Take a screenshot, photo, video or even a group zoom call photo. Here are some examples:
          • 1. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign with our slogan “If you can’t be on the front lines, join Canada’s lifeline”
          • 2. Share one of our infographics – http://bit.ly/1000Infographic 
          • 3. Take a screenshot of your appointment/sign-up form
          • 4. Take a photo of you using our dedicated Instagram or Facebook filters 
          • 5. Record a 10 second clip of yourself on who you are donating for 
        • Step 3) Share your post on social media starting on May 11. We challenge you to tag up to 5 friends or family members to join us in this initiative. Make sure to include: http://bit.ly/1000Donors and tag us too!
        • Step 4): Submit your effort to 1KDonors@gmail.com to be entered in a contest for a chance to win various prizes.”

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