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



Photo credit: Guilhem Vellut @ Flickr


In 2002*, UBC`s Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) first opened its doors and, then in 2008, it reopened anew in the finished Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Back in the day, students mainly studied at study tables with notebooks and pens or pencils. Nowadays, students are studying with the “latest computer technology, a wireless network, peer programs and community events”.



“We chose to fund the Learning Commons because

we’ve always believed that people learn best when they are engaged in discussion,

sharing ideas and insights with one another.”

Kay and Lloyd Chapman, Benefactors



Thanks to the benefactors of the CLC, Mrs. Kay Scott Chapman (1917-2012) and Dr. Lloyd Chapman (1918-2004) and Suzanne Cates Dodson (1933 – 2014) and her husband Earl D. Dodson (1928 – 2009) and thanks to the benefactor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dr. I. K. (Irving) Barber (1923 – 2012), they enabled the UBC community of students, faculty/staff and countless others to enjoy a wide variety of UBC events.


Great examples include local and international conferences, lectures and workshops, one-of-a-kind exhibits, special visits from national and international dignitaries to various royal visits over the years.


Explore more History of the Chapman Learning Commons


Read this article about “how UBC’s work is grounded in student development theory and cuts across traditional unit-based structures to be truly collaborative”


Delve into the Digital Tattoo Project and its “focus on supporting learners to make informed choices and extend their digital capabilities around online practices, safety and identity”


Peer into how student involvement makes for student success at UBC and beyond


Watch a recent video send-off by the CLC student team reflecting on their recent Learning Commons’ experiences!


Correction on May 20, 2017:

In 2002* (not 2012), UBC`s Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) first opened its doors and, then in 2008, it reopened anew in the finished Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


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

Click here to view the embedded video.

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. 

Pierson describes simple gestures like apologizing to students when you’ve made a mistake, focusing on their positives attributes and self esteem building.  The funniest example of this attitude in action is illustrated when Pierson describes a student who got 18 questions wrong on a twenty question test.  Pierson wrote “+2″ and a smiley face on the top of the page explaining, “minus 18 sucks all the life out of you. Plus 2 says I ain’t all bad”

The take home message here: Every child deserves a champion and through the power of connection, learning is possible.  Well worth watching.

If you have visited the Walter C. Koerner Library recently, you probably saw the new Research Commons Desk (on Level 2); not to mention, the graduate student staff in action. How so?

The Research Commons offers a variety of services but two key services stand out, especially for graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Note: These services are also open to all graduate students and are being provided by graduate students.

Yes, there is a definite buzz of excitement and here’s why:

Thesis/Citation Formatting Support

This service provides ‘workshops and one-on-one consultations to students who need assistance with Master’s and PhD theses formatting using advanced features of Microsoft Word’.

FIRE (Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange) talks 

This service ‘invites graduate students from across campus to come to Koerner Library for monthly theme-based discussions of their research and to connect around common research interests and perspectives’.

Want to learn more about the Research Commons at Koerner Library? Here are a few easy ways:

Did You Know?

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works to be submitted than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. There are 5500+ Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and 32,000+Retrospective Theses and Dissertations (RTDs). Explore cIRcle at:

Above text in partial italics and image is courtesy of the Koerner Library Research Commons website at:

You are cordially invited to re-imagine the role of libraries – specifically the Education Library, First Nations House of Learning Xwi7xwa Library, and more broadly, school libraries will be examined.

The re-imagined teacher education program has inspired revision in the role Education librarians play to respectfully and meaningfully integrate First Nations history, content, and world-views; commit to inquiry and research oriented education; and emphasize diversity and social and ecological justice. Our libraries can support teacher candidates as they acquire theoretical understandings for teaching and apply those theories in their practice. We bring teacher candidates and ideas together in library spaces that offer unique learning environments, where inquiry, collaboration, the role of Indigenous Knowledge, relationships and ways of knowing are celebrated. This session will be interactive: we present our re-imagined roles and seek feedback and ideas to further ensure our relevance for faculty and teacher candidates.

Presented by:

Sarah Dupont
Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, First Nations House of Learning—Xwi7xwa Library

 Jo-Anne Naslund

Instructional Programs Librarian, Education Library

Danielle Winn
Reference and Instruction Librarian, Education Library

Scarfe Building, Education Library Room 155, 12:30pm

Your one stop shop for field trip information!

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012, 3:00 – 6:00pm (arrive when you can)

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BC

  • Meet the educators from over 50 field trip sites
  • Opportunities to win a free field trip for your class
  • Bus bursaries for charter transportation
  • Refreshments for pre-registered guests
  • Free parking – draw for those who can show a transit ticket!

TEACHER REGISTRATION IS OPEN.  Click here to register.

Advanced registration is required to attend. This is an adult only event due to liquor licensing.

Bring a colleague to the event. Print a poster for your staff room (see below). 


~text from the B.C. Field Trips Website

The conference program features a range of sessions that will interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels, and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy (e.g. visual, critical, etc.), research, and technology.  Please contact Heather Daly if you have questions: or 604-937-6380.

Keynotes include: Dr. David Loertscher, San José State University School of Library & Information Science and Chris Kennedy, CEO / Superintendent of Schools, School District #45 West Vancouver.  Featured speakers include: Dr. Joanne de Groot, Dr. Ann Ewbank, Adrienne Gear, Judith Comfort, and over thirty other amazing educators.

October 18 and 19

Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam

Detailed program information and registration is now available here.

~text from the BCTLA Coquitlam 2012 Website

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