The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) celebrates the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry/research at UBC. It provides an opportunity for students from across campus to present a project they have been working on while engaging in scholarly debate amongst each other.


Participation in the conference is on a voluntary basis, with students having the choice of giving either an oral, poster or visual arts/performance presentation of their work. Presentations are judged by graduate students, and prizes are awarded for the top oral, poster and visual arts/performance presentations at a closing celebratory reception.


The next MURC conference is happening at UBC on March 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.


If you’re interested in presenting at MURC 2019, visit the MURC site for more details.


Browse the MURC collection in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via the Library’s Open Collections portal


Above image is courtesy of the MURC – UBC Student Services‘ site




Celebrate innovative undergraduate research at UBC

It is touted as the biggest undergraduate research conference in British Columbia. The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) 2014 is happening this Saturday (March 22, 2014). This annual event highlights current UBC undergraduate researchers and their work while ‘keynote speakers share their exceptional and exciting research experiences’.

Back in 2012, three UBC MURC 2012 award winners – Alvin Ip (UBC Vancouver), Ben MacLeod (UBC Vancouver) and Ryan Trenholm (UBC Okanagan) – went abroad to represent UBC at the international 8th Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference (July 1 – 5, 2012) at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Find some of the MURC 2012 presentations in cIRcle at:

Register to attend as a delegate and enjoy in the celebration of innovative UBC undergraduate research!

Did You Know?

Past Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference presentations were preserved and are accessible in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities cIRcle community at:  MURC is supported by the UBC Provost Office, the Vice President, Research + International Office, and various academic research units at both UBC campuses.

Above image is courtesy of the MURC 2014 URO website


In the spirit of Celebrate Research Week events happening at UBC, here are some upcoming Library workshops featuring a variety of discussions, interactive tools and resources in support of UBC’s research excellence and scholarly output:

March 18 & 28 – Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean a Lot!
March 20 – Citation Management Using Mendeley
March 21:
Copyright Clinic Drop-in (offered again on March 28)
Introduction to Citation Management
FIRE Talk: Research Ethics and Dissemination
March 22:
Citation Management Using RefWorks
First-Year Integrated Instruction Assessment – The UBC Library Experience
March 25 – Citation Management Using Zotero
March 27 – UBC GIS Users Group

Explore more Library resources available at:

Did You Know?

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository archived previous MURC collections starting back in 2008? Visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities collection at:

Above image is courtesy of the Celebrate Research Week website.

UBC Library is proud to unveil a documentary film and a book looking at the fascinating stories behind the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection – a designated national treasure that was donated to the Library in 1999.

Dr Chung holding a frame

University Librarian Ingrid Parent with Dr. Wallace Chung. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.

The book and film were formally unveiled on January 30 at a special event to honour Wallace and Madeline Chung. Many UBC professors and scholars were on hand to celebrate, including UBC History Professor Henry Yu and former University Librarian Peter Ward. UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester, who opened the proceedings, said the Chung Collection informs groundbreaking research and has a lasting impact on the study of Chinese Canadian history. Ward commented that “collecting is a deeply personal process,” and called the collection a “significant contribution” to UBC.

In an onstage dialogue, Dr. Wallace Chung shared his thoughts about the collection, and reminded everyone that it is essential to forgive the past – but not to forget it.

The production of the book and film were made possible due to a generous donation from Canadian Pacific in 2011. The donation is also helping fund the digitization of the Chung Collection. Since June 2012, the Library has digitized more than 1,200 items, totalling over 40,000 images.


Dr. Madeline Chung. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.

“The completion of a new book and film and the continuing digitization of the collection will open doors to the rich history and cultural importance that lies within these unique stories, artifacts, and documents,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope. 



Golden Inheritance: The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at UBC Library, penned by local author and UBC alumnus Larissa Buijs, provides an overview of Dr. Chung and his family, profiles the dedication and dynamics behind the Chung Collection, and offers an in-depth examination of its three themes: early B.C. history, immigration and settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.

The result is an absorbing read, accompanied by an array of images, that speak to an exceptional collection, its passionate collector and the broader forces that inspired the Chung Collection and helped shape today’s Canada.

As author Larissa Buijs writes, “The strengths of the Chung Collection lie not only in the merits of its titanic array of primary source materials – many of which would be nearly impossible to find today – but also in the invaluable perspective it offers on the development of Canada from a Western Canadian and, in particular, Chinese Canadian viewpoint.”

Image of book cover

Dr. Chung has personally dedicated Golden Inheritance to his parents Chung Ham and Chung Hung Sze, and to the pioneers whose toil and sacrifices have made their dream of Gold Mountain a reality for all those who followed them.



How can a collection tell the story of a nation, of a community, of a personal journey of discovery? Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection is a documentary that features the stories of UBC alumnus Dr. Wallace B. Chung and his childhood love of collecting Canadian Pacific items. Featuring personal stories shared by Dr. Chung on his beloved artifacts, the film provides an important look at BC history from the perspective of early Chinese-Canadian pioneers.


Produced by Gemini Award-winning producer Karin Lee and sponsored by Canadian Pacific, the documentary reveals how events from the past shape our distinctive Canadian identity today. Says Lee, the “whole story of the Chinese experience” is on display in the Chung Collection. 


The book and DVD are currently in circulation at Koerner, Asian and Education library branches.

The book and film are also on display in an exhibit until February 22, 2013 in the Level 2 foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.



The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection
The University of British Columbia

Rare Books and Special Collections

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 1
1961 East Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia


It’s hard to believe that Open UBC 2012 is over! This year marked the first time Open UBC was celebrated in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week. In its tradition, Open UBC did not disappoint. Here are some memorable quotes from Open UBC 2012 and a few highlights of International Open Access Week 2012:

Open UBC 2012 at UBC:  
- A “utopia” vision for open access (Dieter Stein – Open science theme)
- “I want my lectures to be set free – and really open!” (Jon Beasley Murray – Open education theme)
- ‘[P]rojected change in catch potential in 50 years – no whales, penguins, krill and other species will be gone’ (Daniel Pauly – Open science theme)
- “I am the perfect poster child for bugs mistakes things that don’t work out so open science!” (Rosie Redfield – Open science theme)
- ‘Band members can access and use materials for research with research permit & applications – allows control of what/how can be used’ (Jason Woolman – Open access and the arts theme)
- “The status quo isn’t the only way to disseminate research.” (Heather Piwowar – Open science theme)


Open UBC 2012 presentations and various webcasts are coming soon to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Open Access Week 2012 at large:
- “Open Access Explained!” video [ ]
- Peter Suber released a new book on Open Access [ ]
- A new digital publication, Open Access Now, was launched [ ]
- Splendid #Repository Stuff” for #OpenAccess Week [ ]


Did you know?

The 2011 issues of the annual Sea Around Us Project Newsletter are available in cIRcle at: It has been accessed from all over the globe, for example, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States of America.

Above image is courtesy of UBC Library

MURC 2012′s winners! From left to right: Ian Wong, Alvin Ip, Tess Walker, Ryan Trenholm and Benjamin MacLeod.

The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) is an annual, one-day celebration held in March which showcases the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry and research at UBC. The conference is supported by the UBC Provost and Vice President, Research & International Offices, and is managed by the Vice President, Students Office.

You may already know or have heard about it but what you may not know is that this year was made even more special for three of the MURC 2012 award winners. How so?

Three of the MURC 2012 award winners – Alvin Ip (UBC Vancouver), Ben MacLeod (UBC Vancouver) and Ryan Trenholm (UBC Okanagan) – went abroad to represent UBC at the 8th Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference (July 1 – 5, 2012) at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. UBC is listed as one of the Universitas21 (U21) member institutions as seen at:

In order to qualify, they were required to ‘compose a reflection essay on the U21 conference as requested by the UBC’s Go Global Office who sponsored their trip to Japan’, stated Alvin Ip.

Congratulations to the three distinguished students mentioned above who represented UBC at U21 in Japan earlier this month!

Did You Know?

Previous and current Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference presentations are available in the following cIRcle collections at:,, and

Above images and partial excerpts are courtesy of UBC’s MURC and the Universitas21 websites.

Celebrate Research Week 2012 is almost here!

As part of UBC Library’s events that are lined up for Celebrate Research Week 2012, don’t forget to attend cIRcle’s event next Thursday, March 8th at 2pm.

We will be presenting first-hand feedback from faculty, students and librarians who have used cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. They have made their research and conference papers, exemplary student projects, webcasts, podcasts and more available online through cIRcle.

See you there!

Title: Your Research goes Global with cIRcle

Date: Thursday, March 8th

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Dodson Room (302 – 3rd floor) at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Did you know?

The top item in the Environmental Science Undergraduate Research Papers and Reports collection is entitled, “Waste solutions for Metro Vancouver”. To date, it has had over 300 views from Canada, USA, China, Russia, Japan, Ukraine, UK, United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Ethiopia. Take a look at it in cIRcle at:

Above image is courtesy of UBC Library at The University of British Columbia.

UBC Library is proud to be part of Celebrate Research Week at UBC, which takes place March 2-9, 2012 and highlights research excellence across UBC’s faculties, departments, schools and partner institutions. As a #research partner at UBC, the Library connects faculty and students with local and global information resources, and enables new forms of knowledge creation, dissemination and exchange.

In addition to the events listed below, UBC Library will announce the winner of the 3rd Annual Innovative Dissemination of Research Award at the Celebrate Research Week Gala. Established by the Library in 2010, this award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. 

We are proud to support this year’s Celebrate Research Week with the following workshops, discussions, open houses and other events at our Vancouver campus:

Event Description

Systematic Review Literature Search

  • Mar. 6 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $20
  • Woodward Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Workshop

Librarians from our Life Sciences branches will host this all-day workshop for those planning or beginning a systematic review, or wishing to improve on locating and managing a comprehensive literature search. Open to post-graduates, researchers and research assistants.

Morning and coffee breaks included, but please bring your own lunch.

Scholars’ Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Appropriate Use of Copyrighted Material

  • Mar. 6 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Room 256
  • Workshop
Develop an understanding of use permissions for copyrighted materials and licensed material, author’s scholarly rights and publisher agreements. Information covered is ideal for researchers, instructors and faculty.

Current Awareness Tools for Business Researchers

  • Mar. 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Canaccord Learning Commons, Angus Building
  • CLC 222 
  • Workshop

Designed for graduate students at the Sauder School of Business, this workshop will cover how to set up alerts for: business and finance news; articles in your research area; the latest issues of important journals and business books at UBC Library. 

Celebrating the Research Commons: Evolving Spaces and Services for Graduate Students

  • Mar. 8 | Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Koerner Library
  • Room 216
  • Discussion

In collaboration with campus partners, UBC Library was recently awarded a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grant to develop two new services as part of the Koerner Library Research Commons (now under development).

Come to this session to hear more about these new services, new spaces being considered, and to contribute to our planning process.

Some of the proposed services include: 

  • an Interdisciplinary Research Exchange, designed to connect graduate students across campus and facilitate discussion of shared research interests;
  • a Thesis/Citation Formatting Support service, which will provide workshops and specialized assistance to graduate students as they work on their theses.

Your Research goes Global with cIRcle

  • Mar. 8 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Dodson Room (302)
  • Discussion

UBC’s digital repository, cIRcle, makes papers, dissertations, student projects and webcasts available to the world as online open resource.

As part of Celebrate Research Week, cIRcle is holding an informal discussion on the merits of adding your scholarly research to a digital repository. Hear first-hand feedback from faculty, students and librarians who have used cIRcle to propel their research. 

As of the end of February, there were more than 39,600 items in cIRcle. Explore cIRcle for your #research needs. 

UBC Library Digitization Centre

  • Mar. 8 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Room 103
  • Open House

Our new Digital Initiatives Unit is a key part of the Library’s digital agenda.

Its goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make collections and research accessible beyond UBC. 


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