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.

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.

UBC-NSJ is now available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository

On 4 May 2012, the first issue of the University of British Columbia nursing student journal (UBC-NSJ) was made available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository! With contributions from the faculty and graduate students in the School of Nursing, this nursing student journal “serve[s] as a medium to explore and analyze our practice in order to address diverse challenges of our healthcare system”, as stated in part by the UBC-NSJ Editorial Committee.

The following excerpt taken from the “Letter from the Director” in the UBC-NSJ briefly talks about this journal’s origin and is provided by Colleen Varcoe, the Director of the University of British Columbia School of Nursing:

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to be included in the first ever issue of the University of British Columbia’s Nursing Student Journal – UBC-NSJ! First, I would like to congratulate our student leaders who have initiated and developed this important innovation. When I ask nurse leaders in our community what the UBC School of Nursing is “about”, they always reply that it is research and scholarship that define our school. When I ask what we could do better, they always want more engagement. The UBC-NSJ exemplifies both: our extant research and scholarship and our increasing engagement in practice. The NSJ originated from the Synthesis Project – a final project in which groups of students are paired with leading nurses in practice and a faculty member to engage in a project of importance to practice that requires scholarly focus.”

Right from the Director’s opening letter to a faculty interview with UBC Professor John Oliffe to a nursing student’s perspective from Jodi Meacher and more, you can learn how UBC nursing researchers are continually increasing UBC’s research value and scholarly impact in the nursing practice arena.

To see and/or download the full UBC-NSJ journal in cIRcle, click the link provided here: You can also see and/or download the individual journal article titles under the “Browse – This Collection” section (then click on “Titles”) at:

Did you know?

This week is National Nursing Week (May 6-12, 2012) in Canada, the USA and around the globe. In Canada, “it was first celebrated in 1985 to highlight nurses’ contributions to the well-being of the Canadian public (week that includes 12 May)”. In celebration, take a moment to browse and find 4500+ Nursing items such as faculty publications, student essays, projects, reports as well as theses and dissertations in cIRcle. (Tip: enter “Nursing” in the general search box then click “Go”.)

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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