Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies


The Office of Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies hosts annual events and workshops to support the research, scholarly, and creative activities of UFV faculty and students. We also partner with faculties and departments across campus to host special events throughout the year. 

Visit the research events calendar or continue reading below, clicking the '+' symbol to expand more information about specific events.

Annual events

Faculty Micro-Lectures

Faculty Micro-Lectures will be back in Winter 2021!
2020 recap: Speakers | photos | video

Student Research Day

Student Research Day will be back in Winter/Spring 2021!
2020 recap: Research posters and award recipients | video

Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

The URE Awards will be back in Spring 2021!
2020 recap: Video

Faculty Micro-Lectures‌

Each year, the Research Office invites faculty researchers to take part in the UFV Micro-Lecture Series by presenting a "snapshot" of their research in just two minutes or less.

This fast-paced, engaging event is not only fun to watch — it highlights the interdisciplinary nature of UFV’s work, excites students about research, and exposes faculty to the scholarly work of colleagues in other disciplines.

We thank everyone who participated in this year's micro-lectures on February 26, 2020, and invite those who missed it to join us again in Winter 2021.

2020 micro-lecture speakers & recap

Speakers | photos | video

  • Dr. Mike Ivanof, Business
  • Dr. Cindy Jardine, Health Sciences
  • Dr. Golfam Ghafourifar, Chemistry
  • Dr. Scott Sheffield, History
  • Brianna Strumm, PhD(c), Social Work and Human Services
  • Dr. Opeyemi Adesina, Computer Information Systems
  • Dr. Carin Bondar, Biology
  • Dr. Prabhjot Parmar, English
  • Dr. Amir Shabani, Computer Information Systems
  • Dr. Nicola Mooney, Anthropology
  • Dr. Pedro Montoya-Pelaez, Chemistry
  • Dr. Avleen Randhawa Oberoi, Kinesiology
  • Dr. Maryam Siahbani, Computer Information Systems
  • Dr. Robert Harding, Social Work and Human Services

Publication Celebration

The Research Office hosts a Publication Celebration after faculty microlectures every other year, with the next taking place in Winter 2021. UFV faculty with scholarly work published in 2019-2020 (peer-reviewed journal articles, books or book chapters, videos, etc.) will be invited to submit closer to Winter 2021.

Thank you to the students, research supervisors, and judges who made Student Research Day 2020 happen!

View posters and award recipients

Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

Each Spring, the Research Office recognizes excellence in research conducted by undergraduate students at UFV, either as part of the UFV Work Study program, as research assistants, or for an outstanding project as part of a course. Departments/Schools nominate their top research students and the winners receive an award of $1,000.

Watch our URE Awards 2020 video


Special events & workshops


Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS-M) Workshop
Overview, Eligibility, and How to Develop a Strong Proposal

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  • 10am-12pm PST
  • Online (BlueJeans app)
  • This workshop is for UFV students/alumni who:
    • have achieved first-class academic standing (i.e., A- average / 3.8 GPA or better)
    • are enrolled in, have applied, or plan to apply for a full-time, research-intensive graduate degree program (masters or doctoral level) at a Canadian Institution with a CGS-M allocation
  • Hosted by Jerri-Lynne Cameron, Director, Research Services and Industry Engagement

During the Fall and Winter semesters, faculty gather monthly to discuss their current scholarly work. The goal is to encourange partnerships and identify interdisciplinary opportunities. Events are sponsored with generous support by the Research Office and the College of Arts.

For more information about these events, please contact or

Faculty Sabbatical Planning and Application Workshops

Ask questions and receive feedback before submitting your sabbatical application by attending a Sabbatical Planning and Application Workshop facilitated by Dr. Garry Fehr, AVP, Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies. Check the UFV Research events calendar for upcoming workshops.


  • Learn to recognize what makes a good application
  • Write a project summary, objectives, and goal statements
  • Develop a detailed, clear timeline of activities
  • Identify potential outputs and disseminations

Please contact your dean's office if you are unsure about your sabbatical eligibility. For more information or individual assistance with sabbatical applications, contact or

Research Option & Scholarly Activity (ROSA) Workshop

The Research Office facilitates a yearly workshop for faculty members interested in applying for either a Research Option or Scholarly Activity release.

The deadline for ROSA release applications is October 31 of each year.

Keep an eye on the UFV Research events calendar for our 2020 ROSA Workshop, hosted by Jerri-Lynne Cameron, Director of Research Services and Industry Engagement. She will run through how to prepare your ROSA application and how the applications are assessed, and answer any other questions you may have.

Grant Writing Workshop

Thinking of applying for a research grant? Keep an eye on the UFV Research events calendar for our 2020 Grant Writing Workshop.

Participants receive tips on:

  • Evaluating funding source criteria
  • Defining their purpose and objectives
  • Writing a project summary
  • Developing a manageable timeline
  • Identifying potential outcomes, disseminations, and publications

The Research Office is also available to assist UFV faculty and students with grant writing on an ongoing basis. Please contact for more information or to set up a meeting to discuss your research grant application plans.

Grant Writing Workshop

Each year the Research Office hosts a workshop to answer the question "Why apply for a research grant?" 

Participants receive tips on:

  • Evaluating the funding source criteria
  • Defining your purpose and objectives
  • Writing your project summary
  • Developing a manageable timeline
  • Identifying potential outcomes, disseminations and publications

The Research Office is available to assist UFV faculty and students with grant writing. Please contact the Director of Research Services at for more information, or to set up a meeting to discuss your plans to apply for a research grant.

Student Graduate Scholarship Workshop

Each September the Research Office holds a workshop specific for students who plan to apply for NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR scholarships for graduate school. The deadline for these applications is December 1 each year.

If you would like more information regarding these scholarships at any time throughout the year, please contact the Director of Research Services in the Research Office at or 604-557-4044.

2019 workshop:Student Graduate Scholarship Workshop PPT

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