Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate Opportunities

LSI undergraduate opportunities enable students to contribute to projects with real life applications, which will enhance their understanding of science, expose them to a range of scientific careers, help them develop the practical skills they need to pursue high-level research, make them competitive for graduate and career opportunities in science, and contribute to the enhancement of scientific knowledge and the BC research sector. Undergraduate opportunities in the LSI exist through the following programs:


Department Directed Studies

Undergraduate students have unique opportunities to participate in life sciences research, under the direct supervision of faculty members, when they enroll in these courses (BIOL448, BIOC448, MICB448A, B and C). These 3 or 6 credit courses are designed to help students develop skills essential to carrying out independent research and lab work. A directed studies project provides students with valuable experience in writing up and analyzing experimental results. It also gives undergraduates the chance to interact with faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff members in a laboratory setting.


Honours Thesis

(e.g. BIOL449, MICB449, BIOC449, PHYL449) give undergraduate students a special research experience taking a project from inception, through data gathering, data analysis and interpretation, all the way to the writing of an honours thesis and oral defense of the project. These 6 credit courses are coupled with additional informational courses that are part of the honours program in the selected discipline. As with Directed Studies experiences, students have special opportunities to interact directly with faculty, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a research laboratory setting.



Special opportunities are available for undergraduate students to work on short-term research projects in laboratories within the LSI and receive a stipend to support their time working on the project. Please contact Principal Investigators directly to enquire about opportunities in their laboratories.

Featured Undergraduate Opportunity

SBME/LSI Synergy Summer Studentship Program

SYNERGY is our Undergraduate Summer Research Program, running May-August 2023. Participating undergraduate students have the opportunity to get hands-on research experience with researchers from the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). Students will work in a lab at the LSI and will participate in Synergy programming like social events and professional development workshops on campus at UBC Vancouver.

2023 Recipients

Aileen Liman – Dr. Calvin Roskelley Lab

Joyce Xi – Dr. Elizabeth Rideout Lab

Bhavya Sabbineni – Dr. Jim Johnson Lab

Shao (Steve) Wang – Dr. Eric Jan Lab

Sofia Colmenares – Dr. Leonard Foster Lab

Aditya Swaro – Dr. Mark Cembrowski Lab