Core Area – Research Excellence

System developed by UBC professor Mark Johnson helps to monitor water use in farms

Data helps drive diversified agroecosystems research

At the dinner table, do you stop and think about the resources needed to produce the food on your fork? That bite of broccoli, for example, grew from clean water, rich soil (to deliver nutrients), and a variety of insects and animals (for pollination, fertilization and pest control). It also needed human resources — knowledge […]

Che-Min Lee presenting at UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference

Enhancing undergraduate research experiences

“We’re designing a program to engage students to come together across disciplines and tackle a problem that is relevant to the communities they identify with,” explains Liam Orme, UBC alumnus and coordinator of the UBC Climate Hub. Mr. Orme joined the student-driven Climate Hub last year, while he was a student in the Bachelor of […]

With UBC ARC Sockeye, the university is enhancing advanced research computing infrastructure

Capital investment poised to transform big data research at UBC

In a laboratory in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, researchers work to identify the consequences of genetic variations. To do so, they rely on computational methods and tools, such as sophisticated software, databases and algorithms, which require a powerful infrastructure. “The future of medicine lies in our ability to analyze vast amounts of patient […]

Heiltsuk ‘tiny’ homes under construction in Bella Bella, B.C.

Tiny solution to big housing shortage issue

When the Heiltsuk Tribal Council approached UBC in 2017, the Nation was facing a major housing crisis. The Heiltsuk population had been growing steadily for the past two decades but, despite an increased demand by members to live in their home community of Bella Bella, there was a severe shortage of suitable housing. Leadership had […]

UBC Okanagan initiative helps youth with developmental disabilities find work

UBC Okanagan initiative helps youth with developmental disabilities find work

Entering the workforce is a rite of passage for most youth, but it can be a considerable challenge for people with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder. In fact, these two groups represent the most unemployed or under-employed category of citizens in Canada. In an effort to improve this scenario, the […]

UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

In B.C., unintended death due to illicit drug overdose is the leading cause of preventable death. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of overdose deaths increased from 211 to 1,535 – an alarming increase that prompted former Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to declare a state of emergency. To help tackle the crisis, in April 2018, […]

Call for applications: 2019 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition

The Offices of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, are pleased to announce the 2019 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition. Vancouver researchers are invited to submit their Notice of Intent to apply by September 23, 2019. These awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing research initiatives at UBC. Funding is […]

Eminence program 2019 Call for Proposals

The Eminence competition was established by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation to support the development of clusters of research excellence at UBC Okanagan. A cluster of research excellence is an interdisciplinary network of researchers focused on addressing key challenges facing society. The Eminence Program is specifically intended to catalyze research and knowledge […]

Okanagan water forum promotes compelling conversation and shared solutions

Okanagan water forum promotes compelling conversation and shared solutions

Traditional firekeeping is a specific science, explains Indigenous knowledge keeper Richard Armstrong of the Penticton Indian Band and Syilx First Nation. When a forest fire burns hot and fast, the flames wrap around the trees causing a scarring pattern that marks centuries of prescribed burns by Indigenous caretakers. Elder Armstrong’s opening remarks set the stage […]

PURE funding recipients announced

The offices of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Vice-President Research and Innovation, and the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation (UBC Okanagan) are pleased to announce the first funding recipients of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE). The January 2019 funding call for PURE sought innovative pilot projects that would broaden access to, and enhance undergraduate research experiences, in […]