URO Resources

REX is a mentorship program that provides undergraduate students from all faculties with their first taste of research. With support from a graduate or postdoctoral mentor, REX participants work in groups of 2-4 to develop a theoretical research project that they can present at UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) in March. REX allows students to gauge their interest in research while developing fundamental research skills and building their professional network.

REX is currently recruiting mentors for the 2017-18 school year. If you’re interested in being a mentor, please contact us at rex..

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Office Hours is a one-on-one peer-advising service where students can talk to URO’s Research Coaches – senior undergraduate students, each with several years of research experience. Our Coaches are happy to provide feedback on your REX application or to support you through each step of landing a research position:

  • Finding job and volunteer postings
  • Finding a lab or research group relevant to your interests
  • Applying for a position in a lab or research group
  • Writing a letter of interest
  • Applying for research funding
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LSRN equips undergraduate life sciences students at any point in their degree with the know-how to advance their research career. This one-night research bonanza starts with workshops on:

  • Landing research placements
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate research opportunities
  • Research careers in academia, industry, or government

before wrapping up with a networking session for students to meet researchers and to learn about their latest projects. LSRN is one of the largest life sciences events on campus.

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The URO NCRC Travel Grant provides $500 to subsidize the costs of participating in the NCRC, a multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference annually attended by over 200 students from over 80 universities worldwide. Grant recipients will be required to cover any remaining expenses (generally $100-$200). Up to five Grants are awarded per year.

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CJUR is a multidisciplinary student publication released biannually. Its aim is to provide a platform for undergraduate students to share their research and to learn about process of academic publishing. Students’ submissions are reviewed by graduate students and professors in their field, allowing them to learn more about the peer review process and to receive valuable feedback on their writing.

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Research Connect (Nov 2017)

Research Connect is a web application for undergraduate students to find summer research positions. Professors submit postings for summer internships on Research Connect, and students can use the application to identify relevant internships and to streamline the process of applying for a position. Research Connect is currently in development. A beta version is expected to roll out November 2017.

Additional Resources

Want to get some experience? Check out these programs.
Need funding for your research? Check out these grant opportunities.
Get your work published in any of these journals.
Join your peers at these conferences!