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UBC Research Commons: The Team

The Team

UBC Library Research Commons Team

Susan Atkey | Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Susan looks after the day-to-day operations of the Research Commons, and coordinates with Library and campus partners to ensure the project's success. Susan also organizes the Graduate Student Workshop Series - a series of workshops designed to assist students with all the steps of the research process, from literature reviews to getting published to measuring research publication impact.

Sarah Parker | Librarian, Woodward Library 

Sarah is a librarian at Woodward Library and the liaison for the Research Commons. She works with the Citation Management team overseeing the instruction for the RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero workshops.

Dean Giustini  | Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library 

Dean is a librarian at Biomedical Branch Library and a liaison for the Research Commons. He works with the Thesis Formatting team, and oversees the teaching of the Thesis Formatting workshops.

Sarah Blay | Koerner Library Program Assistant 

Sarah is the administrator for the Research Commons, and works with librarians and graduate assistants to coordinate and promote workshops and events. 

Emily Hector | Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Emily is a second-year Master of Library and Information Science student at SLAIS. Prior to starting at UBC, she also obtained an MA in English from UVic. Emily is particularly interested in critical library pedagogy and scholarly publishing. At the Research Commons, she is a member of the citation management team, leading workshops and supporting students through one-on-one consultations.

José Arias Bustamante | NVivo | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant 

José is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Sustainable Forest Management Research Group in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. His research focuses on Indigenous communities from Chile, with particular interest in the land access struggles of Mapuche communities. At the Research Commons, José provides instruction and support on NVivo, a Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS). He runs workshops, and also offers individual appointments, and e-mail consultations.

Fernando Murillo | Thesis Formatting and Thesis Writing Graduate Assistant

Fernando is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education. His current research concentrates on the formation of subjectivity in educational experience, working from phenomenology and Lacanian psychoanalysis. At the Research Commons, Fernando facilitates workshops on thesis formatting, and provides individual consultations through in-person appointments or by email.

Jennifer (Jen) Abel | Thesis Formatting and Thesis Writing Graduate Assistant

Jennifer is an MAS/MLIS student in UBC's iSchool. She previously worked in the Research Commons from 2012-2015 as a member of the Thesis Formatting and Qualitative Data Analysis teams. She has a PhD in Linguistics from UBC, so she is very experienced in navigating the highs and lows of the the thesis/dissertation process.

Lok Chau | SPSS | Statistical Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Lok is an MA student in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology at UBC. He is interested in the applications of quantitative and psychometric methods in educational research. He has experience in data manipulation and analysis using SPSS and R. His current research focuses on the investigation of option position effects in multiple choice items. At the Research Commons, he provides support on quantitative data analysis software/SPSS.

Magdalena Vergara | NVivo | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant 

Magdalena is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education in the Dept of Language and Literacy. She worked for 5 years as a secondary teacher in Chile. She was a Graduate Student Researcher in the cross-national SSHRC-funded project “Postcolonial Literature for Social Justice”, which used NVivo for case study and inquiry group analysis.

Maryam MohammadiThesis Formatting and Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Maryam is a fourth year PhD student in the Materials Engineering department at UBC. Her research is focused on industrial water treatment and the purification of drinking water. Maryam joined our Citation Management and Thesis Formatting team in September 2016. As a member of this team, she runs weekly workshops and provides technical support on citation management and thesis formatting through one-on-one appointments and email consultations.

Vishal Gupta | SPSS | Quantitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Vishal is a 2nd year graduate student of Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology in the Faculty of Education at UBC. His expertise is on management of public policy and development projects, and he spent five years working on planning, design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in Nepal. He has good knowledge of SPSS, Stata and R.