Summary of today's GAPS announcement

Gaps gaps at
Thu Jun 20 14:51:53 PDT 2019

Hi all,

Today, we heard about some important upcoming positive changes at TRIUMF. Some of the proposed changes affect postdocs (see Reiner's attached presentation), but most will particularly affect graduate students. If you are a current graduate student at TRIUMF, please read the attached presentation by Reiner, and the summary below, to learn what changes apply to you and how to take advantage of them.

For UBC and SFU graduate students who spend most of their time at TRIUMF but are not paid by TRIUMF:

  *   You will have the option to identify yourself as a “Resident Graduate Student” at TRIUMF, meaning that TRIUMF will know about you even if you’re not on payroll.
  *   We’re not entirely sure what concrete benefits this will have, but it makes some progress on closing a big gap in the classification of graduate students (many of whom are called “Visitors” despite spending all or most of their time here) that has existed for a long time.
  *   You should email Marcello Pavan (marcello at<mailto:marcello at>) or Reiner Kruecken (reinerk at<mailto:reinerk at>) to be designated as a Resident Graduate Student.

For non-UBC, non-SFU graduate students at TRIUMF:

  *   Through UBC, you will get a bus pass, extended health insurance and access to UBC facilities and offices (eg. the international students office).
  *   Your supervisor will also be required to pay you a minimum required stipend, which is supposed to be consistent with what UBC physics graduate students are paid.
  *   This program should begin in September for current students at a domestic university. For current international students, some details remain to be sorted out.
  *   For more details, please see the attached presentation.
  *   If you are not currently on TRIUMF payroll, you must email Reiner Kruecken now in order to receive these benefits.

A second presentation, given by David Livermore (GAPS Committee chair) detailing some of our work on various issues over the past year is also attached.

If you have questions or feedback about the upcoming changes, please email Reiner. You can always reach out to us at gaps at<mailto:gaps at>, too.

- Your GAPS

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