Research Experience Program (REX)

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.

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

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

For Mentees

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)

Up-to-date REX program events and deadlines for mentors and mentees. Last changed on August 25, 2016.

Past examples of posters which were showcased in MURC.

Link to Poster Examples.

Mentee orientation slides from the September 15, 2016 orientation session.

Link to PowerPoint slides.

A comprehensive guide for REX program mentees.

Link to Mentee Manual.

An overview of REX program for mentees.

Link to Mentee Brochure.

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.

Link to mentor biographies.

Resources on REX Workshop 1 – “How to formulate a research question and perform literature reviews”.

Link to Workshop 1 PPT Slides.

Link to Workshop 1 Worksheet.

Resources on REX Workshop 2 – “Setting up a Timeline”.

Link to Workshop 2 PPT slides.

For Mentors

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.

Up-to-date REX program events and deadlines for mentors and mentees. Last changed on August 25, 2016.

Past examples of posters which were showcased in MURC.

Link to Poster Examples.

Past mentor biographies to be used as a resource when creating your mentor biographies.

Link to past mentor biographies.

Mentor PowerPoint slides from the August 23 & 24, 2016 orientation sessions.

Link to PowerPoint slides.

A comprehensive guide for Mentors participating in REX. Last changed on August 25, 2016.

Link to Mentor Manual.

A brief introduction to REX and the roles of mentors.

2017- 2018 Mentor Brochure

Poster Examples

Click on each image for the full poster!

A Proposed Study of the Effects of Fathers’ Involvement in Child Care on the Health Outcomes of HIV-infected Infants in South Africa

Anita Bal, Bianca Yeung, and Gareth Mercer

University of British Columbia

Hydroelectricity: Making A Renewable Source Of Energy Greener

Erick Carreras, Gagandeep Gill, Sean Huh, and Farris Kassam

University of British Columbia

The Byzantine Pilgrims of St. Stephen’s Monastery: Understanding Historical Migration through Strontium and Oxygen Isotopic Analysis

Hannah Guo and Sophia Ly

University of British Columbia

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