Explore research opportunities

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Translating your interests into a rewarding career and taking a step beyond the classroom can often seem like daunting tasks. But you're not alone.

Science Co-op

Get a headstart on your career and apply what you've learned in class. Many UBC researchers use Science Co-op to secure help in their labs and research projects.

Explore research via Science Co-op
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards

    Open to domestic students only. Gain work experience with an active research group while connecting with professors and other graduate/undergraduate students.  If you are in an interdisciplinary specialization (CMS, COGS, Integrated Sciences), please consult the department most relevant to your research interests. Check the USRA website for contacts and deadlines, then apply through your UBC Science department or institute (IRES and IOF students).

  • Science Undergraduate Research Experience Awards (SURE)

    Develop career skills while working in research. These awards offer a subsidy to hire students to work on research projects. As a student, you can create your own research opportunities by contacting eligible professors you would like to work with and telling them about this program.

    • Terms, remuneration and applications are the same as for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) - check the USRA website for the contacts and deadlines, which also apply to SUREs. Departments manage several summer research-subsidy programs, including SURE and USRA, with one application process. Student applicants do not need to specify the program of interest.
      • Note: the USRA award has restricted eligibility, but the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Awards are open to all BSc students. Most departments offering the BSc are allocated SURE awards.
    • If you are in an interdisciplinary specialization (CMS, COGS, Integrated Sciences), please consult the department most relevant to your research interests.
    • Note: UBC Science departments may not know how many positions they have to award until after the application deadline.
  • Research Abroad

    Gain valuable hands-on research experience at one of over 150 partner universities worldwide while meeting students from all around the globe.

  • Work Learn Research Positions

    Get involved in research on campus. Numerous Work Learn jobs are available on campus, many of them research-related. Work 10 hours/week during the Winter session and 20 hours/week during the Summer session. Winter session application opens in early-August.

  • Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference

    Passionate about research? Attend the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference to present your own Faculty-supervised research project to fellow UBC students, family members, and friends.

  • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

    The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre offers field courses in coastal and marine sciences to senior undergraduates and graduates. Located on Vancouver Island, it provides an enriching learning experience in a living laboratory setting.

  • Field Geology Techniques

    UBC offers field courses in and around southern Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan for senior students.

  • Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award

    Open to international undergraduate students only. Gain workplace experience in research opportunities during the summer. Terms and remuneration are the same as an NSERC USRA (see further details in USRA info above). Contacts and deadlines are available online. Departments may not know how many positions they have to award until after the application deadline.

  • UBC iGEM

    For UBC students interested in exploring the fast-growing field of synthetic biology by participating in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition.