Life Sciences Research Night (LSRN)

What is LSRN?

The Life Sciences Research Night is for any life sciences student at UBC looking for resources to advance their research career. Workshops are held on a wide range of research topics (e.g. getting into a lab, applying for grants, getting a postgraduate degree) and followed by a networking session with local researchers.

2017 Workshops

Introduction to Research

General Research Opportunities Workshop

Participants will learn about the various research opportunities available to students here 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

How to Approach Faculty Workshop

Participants will learn about how to find research opportunities and approach potential principal investigators. Topics discussed 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.

Research Experiences

Basic vs. Translational vs. Clinical Research

Participants will learn about the three broad streams of medical research: (1) Basic Science, (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 Experiences Panel

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 abroad experience. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many research opportunities available on campus and get perspective about them from fellow students.

Interactive

Co-op Workshop

Participants will be guided through an workshop on the UBC Co-Op program. Topics discussed will include the overview of the UBC Co-Op program and a detailed breakdown of the program application. 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 participating in the UBC Co-Op program.

SSRP and NSERC USRA Workshop

Participants will be guided through an detailed, interactive workshop on the Faculty of Medicine’s Student Summership Research Program (SSRP) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). Topics covered will surround the thorough breakdown of these two summer research opportunities. This workshop is geared towards those who want to get a closer look at what to expect in regards to the SSRP and USRA.

Postgraduate

General Post-graduate Information Workshop

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 Panel

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 their reasoning for their occupation to things to expect 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.