Last update: November 3, 2016

This is an election of one student representative from the Vancouver Campus to serve on the President's Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Provost and Vice-President, Academic.  This election is being conducted in accordance with University Policy #18.  All undergraduate students on the Vancouver Campus are eligible to vote in this election.

How to vote:

  1. Log into the SSC.
  2. Find "WebVote" under the "Grades and Records" menu.
  3. Click "vote" next to the election labelled:  "2016 President's Advisory Committee for the selection of the next Provost and Vice-President Academic - Undergraduate Student Representative".
  4. Vote for a candidate by clicking on the box next to your preferred candidate's name.
  5. Click on "Submit Vote" the click "ok" to confirm your submission.

Polls will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 10th, 2016.


Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari

Hi, my name is Mohammad, a third year undergraduate student in the honours cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences (CAPS) program at UBC Vancouver. I am also the Managing Director for Scholarly Writing and Publication at STEM Fellowship, a Canadian federal non-profit organization that has a presence on 10 campuses, while heading the editorial board for the Canadian Science Publishing STEM Fellowship Journal. I am an ambassador for ORCID and Altemtric, two important organizations in the field of scholarly communication. I serve on the national Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) for the Canadian Red Cross and as the ambassador program chair for the Gene Researcher for a Week (GRFAW). On campus, I am the treasurer for the UBC Thaqalayn Muslim Association (TMA) and an editor for the UBC based Canadian Journal for Undergraduate Research (CJUR). I am also the advisor for a Silicon Valley based start-up while being an active student researcher.


My experience with student organizations both on campus and on a national scale led me to communicate with diverse student networks and realize some of the key educational issues we face. In addition, my experience in contacting university administrators to seek support for various student initiatives has given me valuable insight into the relationship between university administrators, faculty and students at UBC. Given the important role that the provost plays in most aspects of the university experience for students, I hope to have your confidence in representing the student body in the process of selecting UBC’s next VP Academic.

Jakob Gattinger

Matthew di Prata

As a Provostial and VP Academic advisory selection committee candidate I bring experience working and volunteering in professional collaborative settings, establishing and executing strategic visions, and a deep familiarity with the needs of the undergraduate student community. Having spent nearly five years here I have a strong affinity for the UBC community and am committed to see the university continue to grow in its national and international role as a center for excellence in teaching, innovation, and research. In 2014 I completed an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture here at UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science, and am currently in my 1st year of the JD program at the Peter A Allard School of Law, UBC.

I have experience working with highly sensitive and confidential information, and have experience serving on a volunteer fundraising campaign committee for a large corporation. As an executive of my undergraduate student society during my previous degree I worked together with students and fellow executives to formulate and execute a comprehensive vision for our governance body. As a selection committee candidate, I sincerely hope to be given an opportunity to use my competencies as a leader, team-player, and communicator to serve the campus community by representing the undergraduate student body in the selection of a new Provost and VP Academic.

Samantha So

Having been an active participant in student advocacy in my years here at UBC – serving currently as the AMS VP Academic & University Affairs and as a Senator on the UBC Vancouver Senate – I believe that I am a strong candidate for the undergraduate seat on the search committee for the next Provost and Vice-President Academic.

My experience in the last 5 years at UBC as both a student and a student advocate have allowed me learn enormously about the University, and what it will need in the next Provost and Vice-President Academic. I have sat (and currently do sit) on numerous University committees in all areas – from Wellbeing to Curriculum to Campus Safety to Learning Spaces – many times as the only student representative on these committees. These seats allow me to have an updated and current context of what is happening at the University.

I am no newcomer to being the student voice at a table with faculty and administrators, and I know that I will be able to represent the student body on this committee.

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