Mentee and mentor applications are closed for the 2016/2017 year.
The Research Experience (REX) program is a multidisciplinary program that takes place over the academic year (September – April). Its purpose is to facilitate the entrance of undergraduates into research by pairing students with a research mentor.
There are currently three branches in REX: Science, Applied Science, and Arts. Students are welcome to apply for mentors in any of the branches.
Students are not guaranteed actual lab experience in their mentor’s lab, but the theoretical research skills that are gained are essential for future research opportunities. However, some mentors will be able to offer students actual lab experience.
The main goals of REX are:
Allowing students to gauge their interest in research
Giving students early exposure to research
Connecting ambitious students with active researchers
A mentee can be any UBC undergraduate student that is interested in research. You are a great fit for REX if you are: ambitious, driven, and most importantly, possess a keen interest in research. During REX, you collaborate with your mentor and other members to design a theoretical research proposal or project. Your mentor supervises your project and provides feedback on your progress.
Benefits of being a mentee:
Gain early research experience (many students are already in their third or fourth year before they are accepted into a lab)
Network with other researchers and undergraduates who share similar research interests
Potential to be accepted into mentor’s lab should the mentee demonstrate excellence in the program
Gain a thorough understanding of what research really is and determine if it’s the right career for you (includes formulating a research question, writing a proposal or abstract, and creating a poster)
There are 80 mentor biographies in total and are listed in alphabetical order. Thus, there are 8 pages with 10 mentor biographies per page. We highly recommend you to look over all of them so that you may find the mentors that coincide with your interests.
A mentor can be anyone that is doing research at a graduate level or beyond. As a REX mentor, your role is to guide undergraduate mentees with your education and research experience. Mentors work with 2-4 undergraduate students (or more if you are comfortable) on a research question which can be assigned by the mentor or chosen collaboratively by mentees. Throughout REX, mentors will supervise and provide feedback on the mentees’ research project which includes writing a proposal or abstract, and creating the final research report. Time commitment ranges from 3-6 hours per month.
Benefits of being a mentor:
REX is an opportunity to give back the support and inspiration you have received throughout your undergraduate and professional career.
Maintain a connection to UBC and the undergraduate community of research.
Contribute to the future of your field or industry by fostering the next generation of researchers.
Gain mentorship experience – opportunity to continue to build leadership, communication and management skills.
Meeting the right students – students who are selected to be a part of the program are driven students
A genuinely rewarding experience – making meaningful connections with mentees and feeling that you have made a positive impact in their lives.