Summer internship for graduate students

The UBC Sustainability Scholars Program is an innovative paid internship program that matches UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on projects that support the advancement of sustainability in the region.

A paid part-time summer internship available for a current graduate student with GIS experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled or April 22 (whichever comes first). Information about salary and how the program works.

The full job description is available below as a PDF:

2018-59 GIS Interoperable Database for Community Impact Real Estate Society April 2018

Yuhao Lu from UBC Forestry wins Esri Canada’s 2018 Scholarship contest

© Yuhao Lu

Global light trends mapped in ArcGIS Pro using a dark canvas proved to be a winning map submission for Yuhao Lu for Esri Canada’s 2018 Scholarship contest. This visualization using Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) images conceptualizes where the fastest growing cities are located in contrast to where declining cites exist using dark mapping. Comparing brightness in cities around the globe showing growing illumination versus dimming pixels, the correlation between fading light and areas where the worst humanitarian crisis have occurred is revealed.

Congratulations Yuhao Lu!

Scholarship: Esri International Young Scholars Award

Are you an undergrad or grad student who has used Esri to complete a project? Interested in having your expenses paid for a visit to the International Esri User Conference in sunny San Diego this July? Esri Canada has announced their International Young Scholars Award that will pay for a student to go to San Diego and receive complimentary registration for both the Internation Esri User Conference and the Esri Educational GIS Conference.

Applicants will need to submit:

  1. A poster highlighting the your use of Esri technology
  2. A summary paper that explains your work
  3. A personal statement describing your experience with GIS and why you want to attend the User Conference
  4. Your academic transcript
  5. Your contact information, as well as your institution and program of study

The deadline for submissions Thursday, March 29th at 2:00 pm PST. For more information or to submit your application, head to, or see the press announcement below.


OpenStreetMap Mapping Party

Join UBC Library for an introductory session and mapping party where we will contribute to the freely accessible, non-commercial dataset of the world – OpenStreetMap (OSM). Contributions from this mapping party are toward Building Canada 2020 (BC2020i) – a nation-wide initiative to map all of Canada’s buildings by 2020. With the aid of aerial imagery, we will map buildings in rural Masset and Trail, British Columbia. Inexperienced mappers are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. The first 30 minutes of this session will be an info session to give new mappers a firm understanding of OSM principals and get off the ground to start adding buildings with confidence. Attendees can expect to spend about an hour mapping their area of choice. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. OSM is a mapping collaborative aiming to create an open geographic dataset of the world, collected and imported by volunteers worldwide. OSM data is used by a variety of industries for a wide range of purposes as a replacement for other proprietary sources of geographic data – and map parties and mapathons are particularly notable for their benefit to emergency response efforts after large natural disasters as they can provide swift logistical support for on-site responders.

Come join the party!

When: 12pm to 2pm, Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Where: Koerner Library, 217 (Computer Lab)