UBC students excelled in 2013 and earned praise for overcoming great odds, athletic achievements and innovation.


April 30, 2013

Kyle Quinlan, Shanice Marcelle named CIS athletes of the year

“Marcelle, a standout outside hitter who won a national championship in all five years she played for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, said she couldn’t believe her university career was over.

“It’s shocking,” said Marcelle, UBC’s second volleyball player to win the award after Liz Cordonier in 2010. “It doesn’t really feel like it’s finished, and so it will be weird not returning next year. But it’s an incredible way to go out.””

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UBC’s Shanice Marcelle was named a 2013 CIS Athlete of the Year

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Global News

April 18, 2013

Underprivileged African students will get to study at UBC thanks to $25 million donation

“More than 110 underprivileged students from Africa will get to study at the University of B.C. thanks to a $25 million donation from MasterCard Foundation.

“The students will receive comprehensive scholarships to live and learn at the university starting this fall as part of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, according to a news release Thursday from UBC.”

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Video: 110 African students to study at UBC

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The Tyee

May 24, 2013

UBC breaks record for aboriginal graduates

“For the second year in a row, the highest number of aboriginal graduates ever will be crossing the stage to get their diplomas from the University of British Columbia during spring convocation.

“One hundred and fifty-five aboriginal students graduated this academic year from 13 of the university’s 14 faculties, an increase of 25 per cent over last year’s numbers, which also set a record.”

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UBC Law graduate and former Tsleil-Waututh Chief, Leah George Wilson – photo by Martin Dee

Financial Post

May 29, 2013

How Apple’s App Store pushed a game built by UBC students into the Stratosphere

Michael Silverwood vividly remembers the moment his game went live on the iPad, and his journey began.

The University of British Columbia student had invited a group of friends over to his home to celebrate the release of his first iOS video game, Stratosphere.

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Screen capture from Stratosphere app

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The Globe and Mail

July 10, 2013

Blinded by attack, UBC student triumphs in grad school

“On June 28, Rumana Monzur stood before a small crowd at the University of British Columbia and defended her master’s thesis on the potential impact of climate change on her native country, low-lying Bangladesh.

When she finished, the room – professors, friends, family and fellow students – erupted in applause.”

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UBC student Rumana Monzur at her Master’s thesis defence on June 28, 2013 – photo by Martin Dee

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August 27, 2013

How Canadian schools are helping international students fit in

“At the University of British Columbia, 1,100 international and aboriginal students spent nearly half of August in Jump Start, an ambitious introduction to all aspects of their new life, including academic work. Groups of 30 are led by a professor and two senior students, divided by faculty, ‘but certainly not by nationality, because the whole point is, let’s learn something new,’ says Damara Klaassen, senior director at UBC’s International Student Initiative.”

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1,100 international and aboriginal students participated in UBC’s Jump Start program – photo by Martin Dee

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November 10, 2013

Meet a young redditor who could teach some teachers a lesson

“Huang is a first-year Computer Science student at University of British Columbia at the Okanagan campus in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

In this interview, Huang describes waking up last Friday to a crush of messages, how he overcame his only learning challenges and how that deft teaching skill might be helping students for years to come — that is, if he doesn’t help a gaming company get more awesome.”

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UBC Computer Science student Eric Huang has won praise for his ability to explain computer programming