Life Sciences Research Night

Takes place on Nov 17, 2016 from 5-9 PM

Introduction to Research

Overview of Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
Participants will learn about the various research opportunities available to them at UBC. Topics covered will include volunteering opportunities, paid positions, summer research opportunities, research abroad, research courses, and more. This workshop is geared towards those who wish to find or expand their research experiences on campus.

Research 101:
Participants will learn about the basics of conducting undergraduate research. Topics will include the inner workings of a lab, how to build a relationship with principal investigators, and expectations of becoming undergraduate researcher. This workshop is geared towards those who hope to find their first research experiences on campus.

Communicating Science to the General Public:
Participants will learn how to communicate science to the general public and why it is important. They will understand the implications of effective communication and acquire specific skills. This workshop is geared to all science students to expand their relations and knowledge.

 Research Experiences

Basic vs. Translational vs. Clinical Research:
Participants will learn about the three broad streams of medical research: (1) Basic Science Research, (2) Clinical Research, and (3) Translational Research. Participants will also gain a better understanding about the distinct aspects pertaining to each field and ultimately how all three research streams coalesce into a single research aim. Furthermore, participants will be enriched by an introduction to the role of translational studies in the spectrum of cancer research endeavors.

Student Research Abroad:
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current students who have had various undergraduate research experiences abroad. Panelists with various backgrounds will share their international experiences, giving insight into topics such as their lives as foreign researchers and how research is conducted in foreign institutions. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many research opportunities available around the world and gain new perspectives from fellow students.

Directed Studies and Honours:
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current and past students who have had various undergraduate research experiences. Panelists from different research backgrounds will share their experiences ranging from volunteer and paid positions to Directed Studies, Honours thesis, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many research opportunities available on campus and get perspective about them from fellow students.

Schedule

5:00-5:15 – Student Sign-in

5:20-5:50 – Opening Keynote: Featuring Dr. Santa Ono

6:00-6:25 – First Workshop & Panel Session

6:30-6:55 – Second Workshop & Panel Session

7:00-7:25 – Third Workshop & Panel Session

7:30-8:30 – Poster Session, Mingler & Dinner

*Please note: all workshops and panels listed below are not in any specific orders. Final workshop and panel schedule may be susceptible to adjustment.

Research Opportunities

Summer Research Funding (FoM SSRP & NSERC USRA):
Participants will be given an overview of the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA). The presentation will review the application process for each funding opportunity focussing on the key aspects of preparing strong applications. The workshop will also provide tips on identifying and contacting eligible supervisors. This workshop is geared towards students who plan to apply to one or both competitions and wish to get more information on how to prepare their application.
Presented by Linda Herbert, FoM Student Research Coordinator

Co-op:
Participants are guided through a workshop on the UBC Co-Op program and are given a detailed breakdown of the application steps. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the specifics of entering the workforce as an undergraduate student. This workshop is geared towards those who are considering the UBC Co-Op program.

How to Approach Faculty:
Participants will learn about how to find research opportunities and approach potential principal investigators. Topics will include where to find various research labs on campus and how to send emails to principal investigators. This workshop is geared towards those who hope to find their first research experiences on campus.

Beyond Your Undergraduate Degree

General Post Graduate Information:
Participants will learn more about the general information regarding various graduate studies programs. Topics discussed will include the application process, letters of intent (LOI), funding options, and opportunities abroad. This workshop is geared towards those who are thinking of continuing their studies after they complete the undergraduate degree.

Industry vs. Academia vs. Government:
Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who have or are currently in three mainstream fields of research: industry, academia, and government. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the career opportunities available to undergraduates after they have graduated and are looking for jobs involving research. Panelists will be prepared in answering any questions regarding their experiences, ranging from how they arrived to their respective careers to expectations in the workplace. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand.

MD vs. MD/PhD/ vs PhD:
Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to students who were or are currently in the MD, PhD, or MD/PhD programs here at UBC to talk about their experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of going into these graduate streams. Panelists will be prepared in answering any questions regarding their experiences, ranging from preparations for these graduate programs to reasoning behind their academic decisions. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand.

Research Involvement Fair

Jan 31, 2017 (4-9 PM) @ Neville Scarfe Building

You have dreamed of being interviewed for research positions for too long! At the Research Involvement Fair, we are pairing up actively recruiting principal investigators (PI) with keen students in a speed-interview format. Furthermore, undergraduate opportunities such as SSRP, NCERC, CFRI, and MURC will be present at the fair! Through this, you’re able to get up-to-date information from the research opportunity experts while waiting for your interview time!

You will have the chance to sign up and be interviewed by a maximum of 8 different PI’s. Dust off your resume and stay tuned for registration. Interview spots will fill up.

Apply Here!

Applications currently close on Jan 25, 11:59 PM

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