Workshops & Special Events

To enhance your training experience, the Child & Family Research Institute is offering a number of training workshops and special events specifically designed for summer students.

Presentation Skills

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Have experience in presenting but want to enhance your skills? Summer students are required to give short student presentations on their summer research project so learn how to develop and deliver an effective scientific presentation. Space is limited, to register email

Know it All: Literature Searching Tips & Tricks

Monday, June 12 | 10:00 - 11:30am | Learning & Commons; Room F412 (SHY)
Finding the best evidence can be a lot of work. Join us to learn some tips and techniques for conducting literature reviews and answering clinical research questions, including the most useful sources of information and effective search techniques. Register early to save your seat and to receive a short survey which will help guide the content of the seminar Presented by the Helen Brown, UBC Reference Librarian. Space is limited, to register email

Abstract Writing

Wednesday, June 28 | 12:00-1:00pm | Room 2108 (BCCHR)
Each year students are required to submit an abstract for the student Poster Day but organizing your research into 250-350 words can be difficult. Review the purpose, qualities, guidelines and strategies for writing an effective abstract. Presented by the Research & Technology Development Office. Space is limited, to register email

Preparing a Scientific Poster

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Each year, the Summer Student Research Program concludes with a student Poster Day. This is an opportunity to showcase all the hard work that you have done throughout the summer! Make your poster the best it can be by learning the tools and techniques of poster presentation. You’ll be surprised at the important content and design features that are essential to a good scientific poster. Space is limited, to register email

Complex Ideas, Simple Phrases

Wednesday, July 19 | 12:00-1:00pm | Room 2108 (BCCHR)

Research is complicated. Explaining it doesn’t have to be. #elevatorpitch #3MinThesis #mediaengagement #tweetyourthesis. Presented by the Research & Technology Development Office. Space is limited, to register email

Trainee Social

Friday, July 21 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | Patio (BCCHR)
Throughout the year social events are scheduled to encourage networking and to give trainees a much needed break from their everyday routine. Summer students are welcome to attend the Trainee Ice Cream Social. Come join your lab for games and treats.

Special Event: Trainee Research Forum

Thursday, June 22 | 1:00 - 2:45pm | Chan Centre for Family Health Education

Summer students are invited to attend the institute’s annual Trainee Research Forum. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical trainees will have posters on display. Students are encouraged to view their posters and speak to them about their research. This is an excellent opportunity for summer students  to learn more about a future in science and research. 


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