New Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Eduardo Jovel

New Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

To engage more undergraduate students in research, UBC introduced the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) in 2018. Two LFSrelated projects are now underway thanks to two-year funding from PURE.

Eduardo Jovel, Associate Professor and Director, Indigenous Research Partnerships (left), leads the Indigenous Undergraduate Research Experience (IURE) to create research learning models and curricula focussing on Indigenous land-based research. The program is based at Xʷc̓ ic̓əsəm Garden at UBC Farm, and will train students in cultural competency, community engagement, community-based participatory research, and ethical and political dimensions of researching with Indigenous communities in B.C.

In another PURE project, Hannah Wittman, LFS Professor, and Amanda Giang, Assistant Professor, Departmentof Mechanical Engineering, are developing a new interdisciplinary research training course. Their project, called Sustainability Science: An Immersive Research Training Experience in Socio-Ecological Systems, will build training and mentorship skills for postdoctoral teaching fellows and graduate students, and team-based undergraduate peer learning opportunities. It calls for a high level of collaboration with faculty members associated with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and three UBC Research Excellence Clusters (Diversified Agroecosystems, Biodiversity, and Environmental Justice).