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OPPORTUNITIES Research Training for Students


OVERVIEW The Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) offers various research training opportunities for high school students, undergraduate and medical students, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This resource outlines the type of research training opportunities currently available at CFRI.

Postdoctoral Fellows For individuals who have completed a doctoral degree and are seeking the opportunity to train further in a particular area of research under the supervision of a faculty member. • Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows • Foreign Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students For students enrolled in a graduate program leading to a masters or doctoral degree. • Prospective Graduate Students • Visiting Graduate Students • Directed Studies

Medical Students For individuals currently registered in medical school at a recognized university. • Summer Student Research Program • Volunteer Opportunities

Undergraduate Students For students enrolled at a university or college working towards a bachelor’s degree. • Work Study Opportunities • Directed or Co-op Programs • Summer Student Research Program • Volunteer Opportunities

High School Students For students in the Lower Mainland currently enrolled in grades 11 or 12. • Mini Med School • Open Houses at CFRI • Volunteer Opportunities For questions or concerns relating to research training/education at CFRI contact reseduc@cfri.ca.


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS Postdoctoral Fellows at CFRI have access to world class researchers, state of the art equipment, specialized facilities, funding, and research education opportunities. Current training opportunities available for postdoctoral fellows are listed under Employment and Training Opportunities at www.cfri.ca. For more information on postdoctoral training opportunities and assistance with general queries contact the CFRI Postdoc Mentor at postdocmentor@cfri.ca. For information on the funding and education programs available for current postdoctoral fellows at CFRI visit the Research Education and Training website at www.cfri-training.ca.

Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows The Child & Family Research Institute is home to more than 200 University of British Columbia (UBC) faculty members. Many of these members provide supervision and mentorship to postdoctoral fellows interested in research related to child & family health. To view prospective supervisors search the CFRI website at www.cfri.ca. Once a training opportunity is established contact UBC Faculty Relations www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/ for information related to the application process. The Postdoctoral Fellows Office also provides information for prospective postdocs on the hiring and relocation process www.grad.ubc.ca/postdocs.

Foreign Postdoctoral Fellows All foreign postdoctoral fellows are required to contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada at www.cic.gc.ca for the requirements needed to obtain a visitor visa and/or work permit. Individuals requiring a work permit will also need to contact Service Canada at www.servicecanada.gc.ca for the Social Insurance Number application process. All foreign postdoctoral fellows must include a Letter of Invitation, issued by the University of British Columbia, in their application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. More detail is available on the UBC Faculty Relations website at www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/immigration/letters-of-invitation/.


GRADUATE STUDENTS Graduate Students at CFRI have access to world class researchers, state of the art equipment, specialized facilities, funding, and research education opportunities. Training opportunities available for prospective graduate students, as well as current graduate students interested in obtaining additional research experience or credit as described below.

Prospective Graduate Students The Child & Family Research Institute is home to more than 200 UBC faculty members. Many of these members supervise graduate students from a number of graduate programs including Experimental Medicine, Medical Genetics, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Pathology, Human Nutrition, Genetics, Neuroscience, Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nursing, Cell and Development, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics and Rehabilitation Sciences. It is recommended that prospective graduate students search the CFRI website at www.cfri.ca to find a potential supervisor and contact UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies at www.grad.ubc.ca for information on the application process. International students are also encouraged to contact the UBC International House at www.students.ubc.ca/international for additional information. Labs currently recruiting graduate students are listed under Employment and Training Opportunities at www.cfri.ca. For information on the funding and education programs available for current graduate students at CFRI visit the Research Education and Training website at www.cfri-training.ca.

Did you know -

Incorporated in 1995, the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada, spanning a wide range of children’s and women’s health concerns. There are currently 214 investigators, 42 affiliate investigators and 314 trainees (graduate students & postdoctoral fellows) and 427 research support staff affiliated with CFRI.


Visiting Graduate Students Seeking research experience? For current employment opportunities available at CFRI visit the website at www.cfri.ca. Some research labs may also take graduate students on as volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities, go to the section for Undergraduate Students. International students are required to contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada at www.cic.gc.ca for the requirements needed to obtain a visitor visa and/or work permit. Individuals requiring a work permit will also need to contact Service Canada at www.servicecanada.gc.ca for the Social Insurance Number application process. Seeking research credit to fulfill degree requirement of home institution? Visiting graduate students may be eligible to obtain research credit at their home institution by engaging in research training opportunities at CFRI. Contact UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies at www.grad.ubc.ca for further information on the application process for visiting graduate students. Note that visiting students engaged in research activities who are not taking courses may be required to pay a non-credit activity and student fees. Supervisors may cover these costs however this is at their discretion. International students are also encouraged to contact the UBC International House at www.students.ubc.ca/international for additional information.

Directed Studies Faculty members at CFRI may be eligible to supervise graduate students enrolled in Directed Studies Courses at UBC, including:

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Experimental Medicine MEDI548 Biomedical Engineering BMEG554 Bioinformatics BIOF548

It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about positions. Students are advised to visit the CFRI website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online.


MEDICAL STUDENTS Summer Student Research Program The CFRI Summer Student Research Program fosters research awareness and interest to the undergraduate and medical community. Designed for students interested in completing a research project during the summer months, this program provides a limited number of studentships and an eight-week education program. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about positions. Students are advised to visit the CFRI website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online. It is strongly recommended that students initiate this process as early as practicable. For more information on the program’s eligibility criteria and application forms visit www.cfri-training.ca.

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteering at the Child & Family Research Institute Students can get involved in research by volunteering to work in a lab at CFRI. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about volunteer positions. Students are advised to visit the website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online. Once a student has been selected, contact CFRI Human Resources at hr@cfri.ca to initiate the paperwork required for all volunteers. Volunteering at BC Children’s Hospital or BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Some physicians engaged in research may take on volunteers to help them in their research. For more information visit www.bcchildrens.ca/Volunteers or www.bcwomens.ca/Volunteer.


UNDERGRADUATE Work Study Opportunities Faculty members at CFRI may hire undergraduate students through a university affiliated work study program. This provides students an opportunity to work in a professional environment, while also supporting the development of professional skills. These positions are NOT advertised on the CFRI website. For a listing of current work study positions visit www.students.ubc.ca/careers/students/work-and-volunteer-opportunities.

Directed or Co-op Programs Faculty members at CFRI may take directed or co-op students from UBC into their lab or research program throughout the academic year. This provides students an opportunity to integrate their academic education with experiential learning through relevant, monitored and paid work placements. Students should review program requirements and guidelines prior to contacting potential supervisors. For more information visit www.coop.ubc.ca. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about positions. Students are advised to visit the website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online.

Summer Student Research Program The CFRI Summer Student Research Program fosters research awareness and interest to the undergraduate and medical community. Designed for students interested in completing a research project during the summer months, this program provides a limited number of studentships and an eight-week education program. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about positions. Students are advised to visit the CFRI website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online. It is strongly recommended that students initiate this process as early as practicable. For more information on the program’s eligibility criteria and application forms visit www.cfri-training.ca.


Volunteer Opportunities Volunteering at the Child & Family Research Institute Students can get involved in research by volunteering to work in a lab at CFRI. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about volunteer positions. Students are advised to visit the website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online. Once a student has been selected, contact CFRI Human Resources at hr@cfri.ca to initiate the paperwork required for all volunteers. Volunteering at BC Children’s Hospital or BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Some physicians engaged in research may take on volunteers to help them in their research. For more information visit www.bcchildrens.ca/Volunteers or www.bcwomens.ca/Volunteer.


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Mini Med School Each year, CFRI presents Mini Med School, a series of talks to understand leading-edge research and engage in critical thinking about scientific processes, results and implications. Mini Med School provides exceptional opportunities to explore up-to-the-minute basic science research, its clinical applications, as well as the social and ethical implications of research to grades 11 and 12 high school students and the general public. To attend this event, students must be nominated by their science of career teacher. Each school may submit a total of 2 nominations, space permitting. Nominations forms are distributed to schools and available online in early fall. Registration for high school students is available online each fall. For more information visit www.cfri-training.ca/public-events.

Open House Celebrate Research Week Open House The Open House at CFRI is an interactive morning event held during UBC’s Celebrate Research Week, in early March. This event offers high school students an opportunity to visit research labs, interact with research trainees and participate in research activities. To attend this event, students must be nominated by their science or career teacher. Each school may submit a total of 5 nominations, space permitting. Nominations forms are distributed to schools and available online in the spring. Registration for high school students is available online each spring. For more information visit www.cfri-training.ca/public-events.


Gairdner High School Student Symposium The Gairdner High School Student Symposium, hosted in conjunction with the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT), gives students an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of world-class research facilities, and the opportunity to meet Gairdner award winners and other health science experts. Registration for high school students is available online each fall. For more information visit www.cmmt.ubc.ca. TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences TD Discovery Days in Health Sciences is a one-day event that give secondary school students and teachers the opportunity to explore a variety of career options in medicine and the health sciences. The day is comprised of a dynamic keynote lecture, hands-on workshops and a career panel discussion. Students gain a clear picture of what it would be like to be a health professional by interacting with researchers, clinicians and educators in their real-life work setting. Registration for high school students is available online each fall. For more information visit www.cfri-training.ca/public-events.

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteering at the Child & Family Research Institute Students can get involved in research by volunteering to work in a lab at CFRI. It is up to the student to contact potential faculty members about volunteer positions. Students are advised to visit the website at www.cfri.ca to view researcher profiles. Contact information for faculty members is available online. Once a student has been selected, contact CFRI Human Resources at hr@cfri.ca to initiate the paperwork required for all volunteers. Volunteering at BC Children’s Hospital or BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Some physicians engaged in research may take on volunteers to help them in their research. For more information visit www.bcchildrens.ca/Volunteers or www.bcwomens.ca/Volunteer.

Did you Know? Incorporated in 1995, the institute features facilities in the heart of Vancouver that afford researchers close access to leading-edge health care organizations serving children and women from around the province. CFRI’s success over the past several years has spurred exceptional growth. To accommodate the boom, a $58.1 million complex with sophisticated equipment was added, effectively doubling the institute’s size. The new facilities, which opened in 2008, were designed to cultivate increased collaboration among basic, clinical and population health researchers.


Research Training Opportunities  

The Child & Family Research Institute offers various research training opportunities for high school students, undergraduate and medical stu...

Research Training Opportunities  

The Child & Family Research Institute offers various research training opportunities for high school students, undergraduate and medical stu...