Find answers to some of the questions most commonly posed by new student researchers.

Visit the Funding section for information on internal and external funding opportunities for MD and non-MD undergraduate students. Non-MD students may also wish to subscribe to the Student Research News e-bulletin (MD students receive this e-bulletin automatically)

Good news, generally potential supervisors do not expect students to approach them with a specific project idea; established researchers usually have an ongoing research program maintained by operating funds that can only be used to support research for specific topics/projects. Fortunately most will already have specific student-appropriate projects in mind to discuss with you. Past evidence indicates that in most cases there are opportunities to customize existing project ideas to better suit individual student interests and abilities.

Alternatively, you may wish to develop your own project idea by seeking a solution to an existing problem or question you have encountered. Projects such as chart reviews that do not require operating funds would not be restricted by existing funding agreements. Finding an experienced research supervisor to provide you with guidance and advice will help you develop a well-designed, scientifically rigorous project.

Accident Insurance – all student researchers should ensure they possess the appropriate type of student accident insurance. Students participating in the SSRP will have insurance purchased for them by the program. Students hired through other programs or as volunteers should confirm that their supervisor has purchased the appropriate insurance on their behalf. See the Accident Insurance page for additional information.

Lab Safety Training (Chemical, Biological, Laser, Radionuclide etc.) – complete the training courses required for your specific project. (UBC training is offered free to UBC faculty, staff and students). In addition, ensure you complete any additional unit/facility required safety training or orientations.

Ethics Training – complete the appropriate Animal User or Human Ethics training if required by your specific project (UBC training is offered free to UBC faculty, staff and students).

Any research involving human participants that is conducted at UBC facilities (including UBC-affiliated hospitals) or by persons connected to the University must be reviewed and approved by one of UBC’s six sanctioned Research Ethics Boards (REBs). Similarly, research or teaching conducted at UBC or by persons affiliated with UBC that involves the use of animals must have the approval of the UBC Committee on Animal Care. Furthermore, research projects conducted in conjunction with other agencies (health authorities, universities etc.) may also require approval from additional REBs. See the Resources page for additional information.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on the student research website please contact the FoM Student Researach Coordinator. MD Students at the distributed campuses can also contact their local student research coordinator.

FoM Student Research Coordinator
Linda Herbert
Email: med  [dot]  studentresearch  [at]  ubc  [dot]  ca
Tel: 604 822-7154

FoM site-specific research contacts for students in the UBC MD Undergraduate Program:

Island Medical Program
Dr. E. Paul Zehr
Director, Centre for Biomedical Research & IMP Research Coordinator
c/o Marj Wilder
Email: cfbr [at]  uvic  [dot] ca

Northern Medical Program
Dr. Geoffrey Payne
Assistant Dean, NMP & VP Research, UNBC
c/o Lindsay Mathews
Email: mathews  [at]  unbc  [dot]  ca
Tel: (250) 960-6511

Southern Medical Program
Carolyn Roque
Research Coordinator
Southern Medical Program
Email: carolyn.roque  [at]  ubc  [dot]  ca
Tel: 250-807-9827

Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (or non-MD students)
Linda Herbert
FoM Student Research Coordinator
Email: med  [dot]  studentresearch  [at]  ubc  [dot]  ca
Tel: 604 822-7154