WHO WE ARE
CPhyGS was founded in January 2016 in order to address a growing concern that there was no student group to support the growth and development of grad students working in cell biology/developmental biology/physiology at UBC.
Recognizing that the community of scientists doing similar things in these fields is not limited by grad program or department affiliation, CPhyGS aims to be a very inclusive society. Thus everyone is welcome to any CPhyGS events, including grad students from other departments, post-docs, etc.
The CPhyGS Executive Team is responsible for the operations of the grad society, and are always striving to make CPhyGS more useful. Check out our past events to get a feel for what we do. We wholeheartedly welcome any feedback, so please contact us with any questions, suggestions, ideas, or if you'd like to lend a hand!
Our Three Aims
1) To provide professional development opportunities for grad students, including in relation to careers outside of academia
2) To grow and develop our scientific community
3) To advocate on behalf of grad students in our community
Note on the difference between CPS and CELL:
If you feel confused about the distinction between CPS and the CELL program, you're not alone!
Often people mistake the CELL program as the grad program for the CPS department. In fact, they are two separate entities.
The CELL program is an interdisciplinary program composed of grad students whose PI's are in a variety of university-level departments, including CPS, Surgery, Zoology, etc.
Conversely, CPS is composed of PI's who often have students in the CELL program, but also have students in GSAT, Neuroscience, Experimental Medicine, etc. In other words, CELL is a grad student entity, and CPS is a faculty entity. So while there is a lot of overlap of members, they are not actually linked.