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1. Undergraduate Research Opportunities
2. Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation
3. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017

1. Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities is a student-led, AMS-constituted UBC club. We run the Research EXperience (REX) program where undergraduate students are paired with post-doctoral and graduate students to design a theoretical research project. At the end of the program, the undergraduate
students present their finished projects at MURC, one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in BC. This initiative provides undergraduates early exposure to the valuable world of research without the monetary and logistical constraints associated with the traditional
laboratory experience. The 2015-16 program saw the participation of over 110 mentors and 450 undergraduate applicants.

What is REX?
REX is a six-month long program designed to help undergraduate students build essential research skills through a prospective research project (no results, lab time, or lab resources required). The skills acquired by the prospective students include:
· Answering research questions
· Understanding how to perform literature reviews
· Synthesizing an experimental design
· Creating & printing a research poster
· Learning how to present a research poster

We are currently looking for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in committing a minimum of 3 hours each month to act as a mentor. It is a great opportunity for graduate students to gain mentorship, leadership, and management skills. Furthermore, the REX
program assists mentors on the lookout for promising students to take into their lab through direct evaluation for 6 months (October to March).

Sign up for a REX mentor information session:

Check out our website for more information on the REX program:

Further information:REX Mentor Brochure:
REX Timeline:

2. Volunteer for New Graduate Student Orientation

International Student Development and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Orientation events will take place on Thursday, August 31st with other orientation activities, including workshops and social events scheduled through September (see the schedule at ). There are numerous orientation-related volunteer positions to be filled. Applicants must be current UBC Graduate Students in their 2nd year or later to apply. If you are interested, please send an email to: and we will provide further information on specific events.

Check out for more events and opportunities, including:
Developing Course Goals and Learning Objectives, Monday, August 28
Using Active Learning, Monday, August 28
Developing a Learner-Centered Syllabus, Tuesday, August 29
Approaching Teaching as a Scholarly Activity, Tuesday, August 29
Introduction to Canvas Basics (for TAs), Several sessions throughout August – September
Sharing and Rethinking Approaches to Assessment, Tuesday, August 29
Teaching and Learning with Technologies Panel, Wednesday, August 30
Vancouver Nanomedicine Day, Friday, September 29, 2017

3. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 8:30AM-5:00PM, BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC

Call for abstracts!

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017!

This one day symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at the BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC. This symposium will feature presentations by research groups carrying out work related to autophagy and its roles in health and disease.
Two Keynote addresses will be given:
9:15 – 10:15 “Autophagy and Neurodegeneration”, Dr. David Rubinsztein, FMedSci FRS, the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR), the Academic Lead of the Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute, and Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics at the University of Cambridge.
12:00 – 1:00 “Autophagy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer”, Dr. Kay Macleod, PhD, Associate Professor, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research, UCCCC, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, Committee on Developmental Biology, The University of Chicago.
Early abstract submission deadline: September 8th
Registration deadline: September 22nd
A limited number of abstracts submitted by September 8th (4:00pm) will be considered for oral presentation. Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation will be contacted via email and invited to present at the Autophagy Symposium.

All abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation will be published in an abstract booklet and given to delegates at the Symposium. Two scientific poster sessions will be held during the day. The author for correspondence or presenting author of accepted abstracts must register for the Symposium. Registration details and website will be announced later in August.

Brought to you by the Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee

Register to attend this full day event here: Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017

If you have any questions please contact Stephanie McInnis ( or Sharon Gorski (