Undergrad News

Everything you need to know about GEOG379B (October 22, 2015)

Why is this course special? The course addresses important issues around intercultural understanding, engagement with local communities and sustainability, in the small city of Williams Lake in the BC interior. You will have the opportunity to learn by doing, through engaging in a research project, designed in a group with other students. What is the […]

Meet the 2015-16 GSA Executives (September 23, 2015)

President, Evelyn W. Chan Hello! My name is Evelyn and I am a 4th years Geography – Environment and Sustainability student. Just like many of the other GSA Execs, I was also born and raised in Vancouver! Even though I have a strong interest in urban geography and GIS, I am also really passionate about […]

New Undergraduate Handbook (August 18, 2015)

Incoming and existing Geography majors will get a handbook about their Geography community this coming Fall. I sit down with Jialin Yang, former VP-Academic of the GSA, to talk about this project. How did this idea of an undergraduate handbook come out? The initial idea came out of the feedback from the Undergraduate Geography Surveys. […]

Sustainability Learning Pathway Comes to Geography (June 29, 2015)

Geography announces its Sustainability Learning Pathway for all BA and BSc degrees offered by the department. With funding from a University Sustainability Initiative Pathway Seed Grant, Dr. Brett Eaton led a project to develop specific, sustainability learning outcomes relevant to our specializations, and to map all existing courses in Geography onto these learning outcomes. Following […]

2015 Undergraduate and Alumni Survey Results (June 22, 2015)

In January of 2015 the Department of Geography contacted the current undergraduate community as well as the previous four cohorts of Geography alumni to request their participation in a survey regarding several aspects of the Department. In total, 1247 people were invited to participate in the survey. From this, 87 current undergraduates and 67 alumni […]

GEOG 379B Field School at Williams Lake (May 30, 2015)

The inaugural cohort of the new Field Course in Human Geography and Environment and Sustainability Course overview Fieldwork is a cornerstone of geographical research, and should be an integral part of an undergraduate education in Geography. Noting the lack of an annual, local field course in Human Geography and Environment and Sustainability here at UBC, […]

Graduation Reception 2015 (May 22, 2015)

Congratulations Geographers of the class of 2015! After our graduates walked the stage on May 21, many headed to the Geography Building for the reception held in the Geographic Information Centre. The two hour event was attended by approximately 80 guests, consisting of students, their family and friends, and faculty members. The room was filled […]

First Undergraduate Spring Conference (April 10, 2015)

  The Department of Geography’s first Undergraduate Spring Conference (organized by Geography Students’ Association’s VP External, Emily Huang) was held on April 8th in the Geography Building. Jialin Yang, VP Academic and co-editor in chief of this year’s Trail Six, also gave everyone a glimpse of what the journal will look like this year. There were […]

GeoGala 2015 (April 6, 2015)

This year’s GeoGala was held on April 2nd at Sage Bistro. Over 100 students, faculty, and staff were in attendance. The evening was hosted by GSA President Josh Cutler and VP Social Elizabeth Good. Professor Marwan Hassan, Head of the Geography Department, made a moving speech weaving in river allegories with one’s journey through life [see […]

GSA 2015 Careers Night (March 10, 2015)

Learning more about career opportunities is extremely beneficial for all students. The Geography Students’ Association recognizes that it’s important to provide Geography students with chances to connect with alumni and professionals working in geography-related fields. This year’s 6th Annual Careers Night was on Monday, March 2nd. Guests present included Ian Fisher, Eve Hou (Metro Vancouver), […]

Interview with E&S Student, Musician, & Filmmaker, Luke Wallace (February 16, 2015)

First of all, congratulations on your recent album release (Kitimat LP)! How did you get into making music and recording albums in the first place? I began playing trumpet and piano at a young age and was very into jazz and blues trumpet during my teen years. When I turned 15 I picked up a […]

Interview with Trail Six Editor-in-Chief, Jialin Yang (January 30, 2015)

What is Trail Six? How did the idea of an undergraduate journal for geography begin? Trail Six is UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Geography. The idea naturally came out of the absence of a geography undergraduate journal at UBC. The Journal of International Affairs and the Journal of Political Science have been around for quite a […]

Trail Six Call for Submissions! (December 4, 2014)

Trail Six, the Geography Students’ Association’s peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of geography, is calling for submissions! Email your submission to trai...@ubcgsa.ca. Authors of successful submissions will be notified in mid-January.  Deadline is Thursday, January 8th at 11:00 pm! Criteria: One submission per person (excluding group submissions) Please do not re-submit submissions from prior years Maximum 4000 words but will […]

GeoGarden Now Open! (September 8, 2014)

The GeoGarden opening on Thursday, September 4th, was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out. We served local corn barbequed to perfection and topped with gourmet salts from Granville Island. As people chowed down, cob in hand and reuniting with peers, I think we were all reminded of the GeoGarden’s ability to […]

Incoming GSA Executives (September 3, 2014)

Emily Rennalls, VP Sustainability Year: 3 Major: Environment and Sustainability “Although I’m a transplant from Ontario, it appears that BC has me locked in with its divine combination of ocean and mountains. I am both a tea and pizza fanatic. Grab a cup and a slice, curl up, put on a good film and you […]

New Zealand & The Cook Islands: “Landscapes and People” with Jialin and Andrea (June 24, 2014)

[Photos submitted by Andrea Eisma, Jialin Yang] Welcome back to Vancouver! How did the climate and weather in New Zealand and the Cook Islands compare to Vancouver? Jialin: Everyone told me that New Zealand and Vancouver had very similar weather but that is not true! The presence of the Southern Alps makes for very different […]