How to Fund Your Undergrad Research: SSRP and NSERC Awards


Dr. Deborah Giaschi

Dr. Giaschi is a professor in the UBC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, an associate member of the Department of Psychology and the Department of Pediatrics, and an investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She has been the NSERC USRA coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine since 2003.

Laveniya Kugathasan 

I recently graduated from UBC’s BSc Pharmacology Program and am currently working with medical & radiation oncologists at BC Cancer to investigate treatment outcomes of specific cancer therapies. During my undergrad, I was keen to get involved in research early on in my academic career. I participated in URO’s REX Program in my first year, received studentships in subsequent summers to work on ophthalmology research projects, and also participated in UBC’s co-op program. One of my main goals was to experience research in both academia and industry, and also explore basic, translational, and clinical research before my undergrad ended. In my free time, I enjoy hiking around beautiful BC and exploring the “hipster” cafes Vancouver has to offer.