plan out your research night

Workshops & Panels.

Following our keynote speech by Dr. Claudia Krebs, there will be three sessions of workshops and panels. Take a look at the short description of each.

5:00 – 5:25 PM


Visit our check-in desks to check-in or sign up for the event. 

5:30 – 5:55 PM

Keynote Speech

Are you ready to #GetIntoResearch? Join keynote speaker Dr. Claudia Krebs, a prominent neuroanatomy professor here at UBC. Curious to learn more about her? Check out her open and free video resources on neuroanatomy!

6:00 – 6:25 PM

General Research Opportunities

Participants will learn about the various research opportunities available to students here at UBC. Topics covered include volunteer opportunities, paid positions, summer research opportunities, research abroad, research courses, and more. This workshop is geared towards those who wish to find or expand their research experiences on campus.

Basic vs. Translational vs. Clinical Research

Do you know the difference between basic, translational, and clinical research? What does each entail? Which involves more “science” versus communications with patients? Learn all about it here.

MD vs PhD vs. MD/PhD Panel

Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to students who were or are currently in the MD, PhD, or MD/PhD programs here at UBC to talk about their experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of going into these graduate streams. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand.

Biomedical Engineering

Participants will engage in analyzing the science of injury. They will have the opportunity to study how injuries occur, and how technology and biomedical design will prevent and minimize similar injury in the future. The workshop is catered for undergraduate students of all backgrounds.

6:30 – 6:55 PM

Talk Science to Me

Communication in science with discussion on communicating science to the general public, the scientific community, and science in the media. 


Participants will be guided through an workshop on the UBC Co-Op program. Topics discussed will include the overview of the UBC Co-Op program and a detailed breakdown of the program application. This workshop is geared towards those who are considering participating in the UBC Co-Op program.

General Post-Graduate Information

Participants will learn more about the general information regarding various graduate studies programs. Topics discussed will include the application process, letters of intent (LOI), funding options, and opportunities abroad. This workshop is geared towards those who are thinking of continuing their studies after they complete the undergraduate degree.

How to Approach Faculty

Participants will learn about how to find research opportunities and approach potential principal investigators. Topics discussed will include where to find various research labs on campus and how to send emails to principal investigators. This workshop is geared towards those who hope to find their first research experiences on campus

7:00 – 7:25 PM

Student Research Experiences Panel

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current and past students who have had various undergraduate research experiences. Panelists from different research backgrounds will share their experiences ranging from volunteer and paid positions to Directed Studies, Honours thesis, and abroad experience. 


Participants will be guided through an detailed, interactive workshop on the Faculty of Medicine’s Student Summership Research Program (SSRP) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). Topics covered will surround the thorough breakdown of these two summer research opportunities. This workshop is geared towards those who want to get a closer look at what to expect in regards to the SSRP and USRA. 

Industry vs. Academia Panel

Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who have or are currently in three mainstream fields of research: industry and academia. Learn more about the career opportunities available to undergraduates after they have graduated and are looking for jobs involving research. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand. 

Pathways of Drug Discovery

Join us for a discussion on the many pathways of drug discovery. Through illustrative examples, participants will learn about tools and methods that are used for finding, identifying, and designing a new drug. From molecular targeting to serendipitous discovery, Dr. MJ. Walker brings a wealth of expertise on all aspects of drug development and has founded/co-founded eight different drug discovery companies.

7:30 PM onwards

Refreshments, Snacks & Poster Presentations

For those unfamiliar with it, poster presentations are where local researchers get a chance to present their research. Each researcher will be in front of a poster-version of their research, which you will get a chance to read and discuss with the presenter.


Which ones are workshops? What's the difference between panels and workshops?

Anything without the word “panel” in the name is a workshop – anything with “panel” in the name is, you guessed it, a panel! Panels are question-based sessions. Beyond a brief introduction of each panelist, the session itself is mostly audience question driven: So come with questions that you want to ask your panelists! Workshops on the other hand will be the more standard presentation format with a speaker discussing through set points for the duration of the session.

Will there be enough space in my chosen workshops/panels?

That’s where RSVP’ing comes in! While RSVPing doesn’t guarantee space due to hard limits, it will allow us to make sure that the most popular workshops get the largest lecture halls with enough space for everyone. Many panels will have limited space, unfortunately. We try to keep the room (and audience) small so as to prevent the need for people at the back of a giant lecture hall to yell out questions to the panelists (and so that panelists can be heard clearly). So make sure to RSVP

How is the event free?

The event is paid for by our partner clubs (i.e. food, equipment, marketing), and all of our panelists, speakers, and poster presenters generously volunteer their time to be at Life Sciences Research Night!

Can I come late? Do I need to stay until 9:00 pm?

While you can come late, the event (and keynote speech) will start at 5:30 pm. We recommend that everyone aim to show up by 5:00 to allow time to check-in and get settled.

What's the Dress Code?

LSRN is a casual event: we understand that you are all coming from classes, and don’t expect you to dress formally. It is however an event where you will get to meet and network with researchers (during the poster presentation), so wearing flip-flops or other super-casual clothing isn’t appropriate.