Path to Research
Path to Research
- Andrew Baron is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.
- Susan Crichton is the director at the Innovative Learning Centre and associate professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
- Jacqueline Firkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film.
- Bob Hancock is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
- Don Mavinic is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.
- Corey Nislow is an associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
- Elizabeth Saewyc is a professor and associate director, Research & Teaching Scholarship, School of Nursing and Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine.
The Genesis of the Project Idea
The origin of all research ideas begins with curiosity. It starts with someone making the decision to act, to innovate, test, and ask: What if?
Research also takes perseverance; that appetite for discovery must be coupled with the determination to not give up until he or she has made that discovery.
At UBC, research ideas percolate in labs, but in some cases labs percolate in researchers. Discover two researchers whose big ideas showed up in two very remarkable ways.
Research may begin as an idea, an intellectual seed, perhaps even a hunch — but to be realized and put into action, it requires funding. Funding may come by way of grants, donations, awards but whatever the source, for most researchers finding and applying for funding can be a complex process. Filling out grant applications, ethical reviews and approvals, winning and actually managing the funds, writing progress reports — all of this requires a great deal of time away from the research activity itself.
The UBC Office of Research Services helps researchers at UBC navigate the many stages of applying for research funding which enables the researchers to better focus on their own work. Read about two researchers whose funding helped them build and scale their research, expand their research community and positively influence many lives in the process.
The Research Team
An idea may begin with one person but research activities always involve a team of people — dedicated, invested, and willing to do whatever it takes to make a discovery. But research teams are as individual as the discipline that fuels them.
Discover how these UBC researchers create teams on their paths to research.
For many researchers, securing ethics approval is a critical part of their research process. Not only does it provide documentation and safeguards for ethical research, it helps researchers assess and carefully think through their research as they undergo the detailed procedures and policies strictly enforced by the UBC Office of Research Ethics.
Discover two researchers who require ethics approval for their work and how their path to research is improved because of it.
The Research Activity
The scope of research activities at UBC is only limited by the imaginations and curiosity of faculty and students. In other words, it is unlimited. The range of disciplines, the depth of expertise and the appetite for new frontiers in research, collectively create an environment where the phrase ‘never been done before’ is a catalyst for the bold and curious mind.
Discover two researchers going where no one has before.
At long last your research is complete. Your destination explored. Results measured, proven, reported. Now it is time for the world to hear about it.
Knowledge mobilization of any given research project can happen in a variety of ways. Projects may have direct commercial value, enormous scholarly impact, or have artistic or social value that changes how we see society and ourselves within it. One commonality, however, is that all research has the power, when mobilized, to change how we understand our world.
Discover three UBC professors whose work was mobilized in unique ways that resulted in communities, both locally and internationally, learning, feeling and thinking differently about art, life and the possibilities opened to them through research.
No path to discovery is identical
The thrill, for most researchers, is in forging a new path and going where no one has been before. They are pioneers, explorers, change agents: supporting their work is a critical responsibility of the university and the broader community.
At UBC, advancing research capacity is a top priority — helping researchers realize their ideas, from young scholars to principal investigators, is integral to the university’s overarching commitment to research excellence.
Research changes the way we think, feel and live our lives. If you are considering pursuing research whether as a student, faculty member, or partner, we offer you a place to do so at either one of our campuses, where there is freedom to pursue ideas that can change the world.
If you are interested in pursuing a path to research, be sure to explore some of the resources below.
Your starting point:
The Office of Vice President Research & International website is a first step for information about research at UBC:
Review UBC’s research strategy
UBC’S SPARC office which connects researchers across disciplines, departments, faculties:
Interested in how you can help advance important research? There are a myriad of ways to work with the university to support research at any stage.
Thank you to the following professors who participated in this story:
Dr. Corey Nislow, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, Professor, School of Nursing, Dr. Andrew Baron, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Jacqueline Firkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Film, Dr. Don Mavinic, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Susan Crichton, Director at the Innovative Learning Centre, Faculty of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and Dr. Bob Hancock, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Special thanks to Jamie Hall, Manager, Communications, Office of the Vice President Research & International, who put us on the right path!
Story team: UBC Communications and Marketing — Margaret Doyle, Digital Storyteller; Michael Kam, Web Developer/Coordinator; Adrian Liem, Senior Web Coordinator; Jamil Rhajiak, Communications Coordinator, Digital Information Channels; Matt Warburton, Manager, Graphic Design; Aida Viziru, Web Interaction Designer. Additional research and copywriting — David Leidl, Copy Editor and Researcher.
Published: January 2015