VIRS research opportunities


Since 2005, we have attracted $24 million to fund 584 projects. Our research is leading to new knowledge in a wide range of areas, from soil ecology and conservation to plants and agriculture to health and biomedical. 



Our research spans many traditional and emerging disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, with noteworthy focuses on chemical biology and biophysics, catalysis, natural products, metabolomics, computational chemistry, and biochemical structure and mechanism. 


Community, Culture, & Global Studies (CCGS) 

Our faculty are involved in a diversity of social science and humanities research. Employing qualitative, feminist, digital, narrative, ethnographic, Indigenous, community-engaged, and multimodal methodologies, our faculty contribute new knowledge on complex questions regarding societal, cultural, environmental, political, and many social justice issues.


Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, & Statistics (CMPS) 

We are a research-intensive department with over 260 funded projects and $8.3 million in research funding since 2005.

Our faculty members and students are working on exciting projects that are changing our world. Learn more about our projects, research interests, and centres and labs.


Creative & Critical Studies 

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is the heart of research and creative scholarship in digital media, languages, arts, and humanities on UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Earth, Environmental & Geographic Sciences (EEGS) 

We seek to positively impact global society through research and training in earth, environmental and geographic sciences in areas that include water resources, mineral exploration, tectonics, natural hazards, global change, and sustainability.


Economics, Philosophy & Political Science 

Philosophy, political science, and economics are the key disciplines for understanding our complex, globalized world. From managing resources to making policy to driving change, these disciplines create the critical thinkers our world needs. Our faculty is committed to both teaching excellence and innovative research, with special attention given to fostering a sense of community through our ongoing outreach efforts. 


Health & Exercise Sciences 

We generate knowledge that improves our understanding of the environmental challenges and mechanisms that impact health, with the goal of informing and translating interventions that prevent, manage, and treat chronic disease across the lifespan.


Our nursing faculty are conducting research that addresses real-world problems to develop innovative practice-ready solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of people locally, nationally, and around the world. In partnership with communities, health professionals, academic collaborators, and other stakeholders, we are leading inter-disciplinary research teams to generate and translate knowledge into effective evidence-based practices and programs.

History and Sociology 

Our faculty members and graduate students are working on research projects that engage with local and global issues, ranging from human rights to cybersecurity, and the impact of migration. Join us in thinking actively about how to shape the world in which we live.



Our faculty members and graduate students are working on exciting research projects that are making a difference, locally and around the world.  



Research within the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus promotes interaction and collaboration among faculty, between faculty and students, and with collaborators in the community and other institutions. Our passion is community-engaged research that empowers people to manage and lead organizations in internationally connected, rapidly-changing, and fast-developing regions—including non-metropolitan regions. Our students have the opportunity to become involved in research alongside world-class researchers at both the graduate and undergraduate level.



Research is the cornerstone of success in business as it is for a successful university. At the School of Engineering, we are motivated by innovation. Our research brings impactful change to our community, our partners, and our world.



Our faculty members and students are working on exciting research projects that are transforming education in Canada and the world. We partner with schools and districts, institutions of higher learning, and local community groups including municipalities, non-profits, and Indigenous peoples to help prepare students to be responsible global citizens and stewards of the world.


Social Work

Our faculty undertake research in youth mental health and resiliency, anti-racism, anti-colonial practice, homelessness prevention, harm reduction, critical disability studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning in social work.