Often an enriching and personally rewarding experience, volunteering is a great way to stay involved with your alma mater, meet new people, gain experience or help recent graduates ease into the world of work. Below is just a small sampling of ways you can get involved.
- Organize a Reunion
- Your Evolution
- Mentor a Student
- Hire a Student
- Serve on an Advisory Council
- Give a Guest Lecture
- Career Nights
- Industry Nights
Organize a Reunion
Reunite with your fellow alumni, renew friendships, rekindle memories, and reconnect with your alma mater—help make your reunion just the way you'd like and celebrate the past, present and future together! Need help to get a reunion off the ground? We can help organize class reunions on and off campus throughout the year. We invite you to visit our Reunions Page to learn more about planning your reunion. For more information, contact Tara Newell, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-827-3870.
If you’re a UBC grad working on a great project at UBC or in the community that is making a difference, we want to hear from you. More than 300 participants have already shared their projects, and you can read all about them right here!
Why share? Because by tapping into a large network of fellow alumni you stand to gain exposure and win support for your cause. And as soon as you add your voice to this website, you will be kept informed every time there is a new opportunity for promoting your project. Take Part!
Mentor a Student
Connecting with a mentor can make a huge difference in a student's life and career path. Students need advice and insight from people who have left campus and entered into the world of work. Past mentors have found the experience to be more fulfilling than they could have imagined.
In our Engineering model, a junior undergraduate student is matched with a senior undergraduate or graduate student according to related discipline or interests as specified, and this pair is matched with an engineer from industry or academia. The industry/academic participant provides realistic insight into what's involved in an engineering career, resulting in more committed, knowledgeable students entering the profession: Engineering Mentoring Program
The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Mentoring Program focuses on the unique needs of the planning student population through a tri-mentoring model that matches a first-year and second-year Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) student with a planning professional with a similar discipline or interests. This structure allows first-year students to gain knowledge from both an upper-year student and a professional planner, while second year students gain the opportunity to be both a mentor and a mentee: SCARP Mentoring Program
Hire a Student
Engineering Co-op students are available for you to hire for four- or eight-month work terms year round and provide an excellent way to:
- Gain access to high-achieving, skilled students who have been pre-selected based on their academic excellence and personal strengths
- Cost-effectively staff peak periods or complete special projects
- Train and test potential employees to your company needs—a cost-saving human resource advantage
As well, Applied Science faculty members provide ongoing support to co-op students throughout their work term by monitoring students' work experiences and providing a valuable liaison for industry with the university's expertise, research, curriculum and programs.
For more information, visit: UBC Co-op Engineering Program
Serve on an Advisory Council
To help ensure the most relevant academic programs, teaching, research and professional service, the Faculty of Applied Science and each of its schools and engineering departments have formed advisory councils. The councils’ advice—which stems from the collective experience of distinguished professional, industry and government representatives, many of whom are alumni—is aimed at helping Applied Science remain responsive to cultural, economic and technological changes taking place in society and the marketplace.
Give a Guest Lecture
Opportunities to learn from professionals help students pursue their education with the knowledge of what comes beyond, ensuring that they are aware of the important issues for tomorrow and are prepared to meet the challenges our future leaders will face.
The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Nursing, and many of the engineering programs have established such speaker series, in which prominent alumni are invited to speak on the state of the industry and its opportunities and challenges in today's world.
Career nights are organized to provide B.C. companies an opportunity to recruit the brightest minds at UBC; to gain exposure and visibility within the community of graduating students; and to share industrial and life experiences with the next generation of professionals.
Industry nights provide an excellent opportunity for professionals to participate in the educational and career development of future engineers. Companies have the chance to showcase themselves to the engineering community. Guest speakers focus on topics such as industry trends, the future of engineering and available career opportunities. See more details and upcoming events.