On Campus

The Library’s online services and electronic resources complement more traditional formats and are growing tremendously. Many Library services can be accessed online and thousands of full-text e-journals, e-books, indexes and databases are available. The library is a great resource for finding papers for references.

The UBC Writing Centre offers non-credit writing courses to those who wish to improve their writing skills.

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content, making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry.

Open UBC is an effort to promote the sharing communities at UBC and connect and grow community of UBC students, researchers, faculty and staff around open strategies, each of the open initiatives and reusable materials across scholarly and educational pursuits and with a focus on the public interest.

UBC’s Strategic Plan “Place and Promise” affirms that it “supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines” as a core value. Across the university, diverse groups have been practicing this vision via open methodologies, as well as the development of permeable communities of practice.

UBC’s Centre for Student Involvement and Careers provides you with a variety of resources for resume, cover letter, and CV writing to help you get hired at a lab and build your career in research.

Opportunities

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REX consists of mentors (graduate students, Ph.D. students, post-docs) who will assist and lead undergraduate students with developing a theoretical research project that will be presented as a poster at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC).

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Many URO executives are very good at research and they can offer you valuable advice on getting into one too.

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There are many paid research opportunities available throughout the various UBC co-op programs.

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The Work Learn program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences at UBC.

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As a UBC student, you are eligible to conduct research at one of Go Global’s 150 partner universities.

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The Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research conducted within the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences over the summer months.

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The SSRP provides funding for an 8-week summer research project supervised by a member of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Arts students must successfully complete 3 credits in a research-intensive course between 30 and 120 credits of a Arts degree. Typically, you will register in a research-intensive course specified for your major.

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Both the UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest and Malcolm Knapp Research Forest offer international students the opportunity to visit and obtain exposure to forestry practices in either coastal or interior British Columbia. This unpaid internship is geared towards 2nd, 3rd and 4th year forestry students or students in related fields.

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Work on a therapeutic device that will be entered into a health-related technology design competition, such as BMEStart/BMEidea.

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The Commerce Scholars Program encourages you to draw on Sauder’s reputation as Canada’s leading business school for research. Under the mentorship of a distinguished faculty member, you’ll work as a research assistant, learn all about the research process and sharpen your critical thinking skills.

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UBC’s SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Program provides students with real-world sustainability experience, skills and knowledge while they earn course-based credit. Students work collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop and implement projects that build on the theme of campus as a living laboratory to address campus sustainability challenges, many of which have been implemented or influenced decision making.

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Students have the chance to apply their knowledge to address community-based challenges.

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UBC is affiliated with several research institutes, centres, organizations and hospitals, many of which are located on campus and can provide assistance with resumes, cover letters, and CVs. Check if there is one related to your area of academic interest.

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Talk to your teaching assistants; they can connect you to labs, other graduate students and post-docs. Your instructors are another good resource. Visit departmental pages and read about current research projects. Prepare a few questions and arrange to talk to the professor during office hours. Don’t immediately hand over a resumé as though a job is available-you need to explore and learn, but your interests might eventually translate into a volunteer or even a paid position.
The Child & Family Research Institute’s Summer Student Research Program fosters research awareness and interest in the undergraduate and medical community. The program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and exposes them to research in the area of children’s and women’s health.

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Canadian Blood Services offers a Summer Internship Program to attract and support students at Canada’s post-secondary institutions to contribute to, and experience from, working on projects within any division of Canadian Blood Services. All full-time students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in an accredited university or college located in Canada are eligible to apply.

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The Inorganic Chemistry Exchange program offers summer employment opportunities to undergraduate students in chemistry, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of May 2014. Up to 12 qualified candidates from across Canada will be awarded employment as a summer research assistant at an institution other than their own.

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RISE is a summer student exchange programme for undergraduate students in the chemical sciences, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of the end of the school year in which they apply. Successful applicants will be awarded summer employment in the research group of a RISE group member at one of the participating institutions (not their own), and a small travel allowance.

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The SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program provides opportunities for university students to conduct research in a”https://www.mitacs.ca/globalink/globalink-research-award”>laboratory or clinical setting at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) under the supervision of a Research Institute scientist.

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The Mitacs Globalink Research Award helps faculty members and students at Canadian universities to build an international research network and undertake research abroad.
The Research Award offers senior undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to undertake 12- to 24-week research projects supervised by professors at accredited universities abroad.

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This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate B.Sc. and medical students to become involved in projects relating to biomedical research. Projects range across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from molecular biology and cognitive science to clinical investigation and bioethics.

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CREMS is meant to be a unique research program in Canada that allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experiences in various structured programs without interrupting their medical studies.

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Our research program is offered to current full-time students registered in either Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, or Dentistry.

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The goal of the program is to introduce undergraduate and medical students to the field of diabetes research and to encourage research in diabetes and its complications as a career.

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Funding

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The application for this award in mainly through faculty members who are ranked Associate Professors or higher. However, undergraduates who are interested in conducting reseach under particular faculty members should actively seek out those faculty members to request to conduct research under them and request to apply to AURA. This strategy is a very good way for undergraduates to secure funded research positions for themselves.

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UBC Science offers guidance and practical support for researchers in identifying potential funding sources and with the application process. Faculty members in all nine Science departments are encouraged to contact Kathie Thompson, the Faculty’s research grant facilitator.

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Formerly the “Dean of Science Undergraduate Research Awards”. Each position subsidizes the salary of a chosen student with the faculty member’s research grant providing a top-up. Many departments use the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Awards for students who were not successful in the competition for a USRA, so apply as you would for a USRA early in second term of winter session.

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A competition for travel awards for MD undergraduate students is available to assist with expenses related to participation in an official conference or symposium at which the student presents a paper or poster. All students who have a supervisor with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine are eligible. Applicants must be an MD undergraduate at the time of travel and must currently be enrolled in the program.

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The Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer summer research opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students. These awards are meant to stimulate interest in research in chemistry, and to provide opportunities to gain research experience in an academic setting. Two types of awards are available, USRA and SURS, with differing eligibility and application procedures.

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The Research Incentive Award is meant to enable undergraduate science students to enter the world of scientific scholarship who have not participated in an undergraduate research opportunity before.

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This funding is provided by a generous gift from the estate of a distinguished alumnus, Dr. Michael J. Quinn (1917-2005).

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The Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) program was established by the Irving K. Barber Endowment Fund Advisory Committee to provide exceptional learning experiences for undergraduate Arts and Sciences students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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TRIUMF has a policy to give Canadian undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the excitement of research at a National Laboratory such as TRIUMF. In part to fulfill this policy, we sponsor up to 5 scholarships every year for one student from each of the 5 regions of Canada (Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie Provinces, British Columbia) at TRIUMF.

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The AMS Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) was established in September 2011, when UBC students passed a successful referendum to support student-initiated sustainability projects, through a $2.25 per student fee each year. The SPF encourages an environmentally conscious culture, by funding student-led projects that reduce the ecological footprint of UBC students and their campus.

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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) subsidizes eligible professors to hire students to work on their research projects. The program creates interesting research-related jobs and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

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If you would like to gain research work experience in an industrial setting that complements your studies, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host organization.

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This supplement provides financial support to high-calibre students working toward degrees in the atmospheric or meteorological sciences or related fields. Environment Canada offers up to a maximum of 20 supplements annually. This supplement is available to you only if you are awarded an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) in a university or industry.

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The Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (AANSE) supplement aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities.

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These scholarships are designed to provide short-term financial support for undergraduates who wish to obtain introductory training in research in the field of Gastroenterology. The successful candidate will be expected to work full time on a research project under the supervision of a qualified investigator for ~ 4 months (May-August); the stipend is $5,000.

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The Canadian Hemophilia Society will support interested Canadian Medical or Science students to work for up to 4 months during the Summer of 2015 on a research project relevant to inherited bleeding disorders.

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One summer studentship may be awarded to a student in British Columbia whose research project is related to paediatric liver disease.

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The Student Research Fellowship, established by the SVS® Foundation, stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada.

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This grant allows members to conduct thesis research and/or present their research at professional conferences or student research symposia.

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The Ontario Genomics Institute’s (OGI’s) Summer Research Fellowships offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, real-life research in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, or GE³LS (ethical, economic, environmental, legal, and/or social issues relating to genomics and proteomics research) in academia or industry

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