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Workshops & Panels.

Following our keynote speech by Dr. Michael Gold, there will be three sessions of workshops and panels. Take a look at the short description of each and tailor your LSRN schedule to what interests you the most.

5:30 – 5:55 PM PST

Keynote Speech

Are you ready to #GetIntoResearch? Start off your evening with a speech from our keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Gold.

6:00 – 6:25 PM PST (Timeslot A)

Basic vs Translational vs Clinical Research Panel

Do you know the difference between basic, translational, and clinical research? Curious about what each type of research entails? Want to learn which of the three best suits your academic and career interests? If so, attend this panel-based workshop led by three expert researchers to learn more!

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MD vs MD/PhD vs PhD Panel

Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to students who were or are currently in the MD, PhD, MD/PhD, Masters or PharmD 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.

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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.

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Industry vs Academia vs Government Panel

Participants have the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who have or are currently in three mainstream fields of research: industry, academia and government. Learn more about the diverse career paths available to undergraduates after they have graduated and about the day-to-day experiences in each field. Discover which field of research matches your interests! Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand.

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Research Opportunities at BC Children's Hospital

Participants will have the chance to learn about the many research opportunities available to them at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Students can ask questions regarding application processes, program details, scholarship opportunities, and so on to some of the coordinators of these research programs. This will help them prepare in advance for the summer or fall research program of their interest throughout the school year.

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6:30 – 6:55 PM PST (Timeslot B)

How to Approach Faculty

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

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General Graduate Studies Info

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.

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UBC Science Co-Op

Participants will be guided through a 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. 

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Summer Research Opportunities: Centre for Blood Research

Participants will have the chance to learn about the many summer research opportunities available to them on campus. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding application processes, program details, scholarship opportunities, and so on to some of the coordinators of these research programs. This will help them prepare in advance for the summer research program of their interest throughout the school year.

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Research Ethics

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the process surrounding research and the checks in place to ensure research is conducted in an ethical manner. Participants will be able to gauge and understand what specific questions are asked and the principles that need to be upheld in the research approval process.

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7:00 – 7:25 PM PST (Timeslot C)

Honours Thesis and Directed Studies Panel

Learn how to gain research experience while receiving course credit at the same time! Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to students involved in the honours stream and those who have taken on a directed studies project. This is a great workshop to attend if you want to learn more about the requirements and pros/cons of each stream.

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How to Fund Your Undergrad Research: SSRP & NSERC USRA Awards

Participants will be given an overview of the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA). The presentation will review the application process for each funding opportunity focussing on the key aspects of preparing strong applications. The workshop will also provide tips on identifying and contacting eligible supervisors. This workshop is geared towards students who plan to apply to one or both competitions and wish to get more information on how to prepare their application.

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Canadian Journal Undergraduate Research Panel Workshop

A workshop provided by the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR) to teach students more about the academic publication process. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the peer-review process and ask questions regarding details of paper submissions and how undergraduate students can publish their research.

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Diversity in STEM Panel

Participants will have a chance to learn more about the importance of diversity, access, and equity in STEM-related fields. Presenters will share any drawbacks they faced or continue to face, as well as how they are using their platform to encourage more individuals to get involved in STEM.

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Summer Research Abroad: Go Global

Participants will be able to learn about the opportunities available to them through Go Global’s Research Abroad program. The workshop will focus on different destinations and types of research available, as well as providing insight on the application process and timeline for departure. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions beforehand.

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7:30 PM PST onwards

Networking and 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.

F.A.Q.

How do workshops work?

After the keynote speech, you can attend a total of three workshops (one from each time slot). Read through the workshop descriptions, and more about our speakers to help figure out what you’re interested in attending. All our workshops will be through zoom this year, and zoom links to workshops will be distributed through discord closer to the event!

What is Discord?

Discord is a social media platform that allows users from all around the world to connect in a single environment through messaging, voice chats, and video calls. Think about it like a series of organized group chats with a few fun features. If you’re a new user, don’t worry! You won’t be required to do anything more than simple messaging. You can also check out our Facebook event for instructions on how to use the Discord server. 

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. There is limited space in the workshops as well, so we suggest being on time! You are not required to stay till 9:00 pm, but in leaving early you do miss the chance to network with fellow researchers. 

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 have with enough space for everyone. Many panels will have limited space, unfortunately. We try to limit the audience so that participants get the chance to ask their questions. So make sure to RSVP!

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.
How is the event free?

The event is paid for by our partner clubs, and all of our panelists, speakers, and poster presenters generously volunteer their time to be at Life Sciences Research Night!