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Exploring actors' perceptions of the precision agriculture innovation system – Perspectives from Germany and Switzerland

WHEN: March 25, 2024
TIME: 4:30 - 5:30pm (reception to follow)
LOCATION: K180, Abbotsford campus

Presenter: Prof Stefanie Bröring, Chair for Entrepreneurship and innovative business models, Ruhr-University Bochum

Prof. Bröring obtained her PhD in business administration at the University of Munster, Germany in 2005. Her research covers the emergence of the new technologies, technology convergence as well as science-based entrepreneurship in the field of sustainable technologies. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Call for Participation


WHEN: March 21, 2024
TIME: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 19, 2024

Are you currently involved in the essential field of antiracism work? Are you conducting praxis-oriented research with the goal of dismantling racial discrimination? UFV’s Race and Antiracism Network (RAN), in collaboration with the UFV’s Scholarly Sharing Initiative (SSI), invites you to participate in our annual observance of the 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination' on March 21.

This event provides a unique platform to spotlight and amplify your contributions to our university's ongoing journey toward becoming an anti-racist institution. Your work is integral in fostering an inclusive environment that not only values diversity but actively combats racial discrimination.

How to Participate: We welcome submissions from UFV staff, faculty and students. If you are involved in antiracism work or praxis-oriented research, we encourage you to share your valuable insights and experiences with the broader community. You will have the opportunity to present either by Zoom or in-person for 15-20 minutes with facilitated discussions and Q&A at the end of all presentations.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a title and a brief description of your work and its action-oriented relevance (one to two paragraphs) to antiracism@ufv.ca by the deadline of February 19.

Why Participate:

  • Community Engagement: Foster a sense of community by sharing your experiences and insights with fellow UFV members.
  • Contribute to UFV’s Anti-Racist Agenda: Your participation aligns with our collective effort to build a university culture that actively opposes racism.

Student Research Day 2024

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • 10am to 3:30pm, Evered Hall, Abbotsford Campus
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 11, 2024

Each year toward the end of Winter semester, UFV students are invited to design and submit a research poster to UFV Student Research Day. The purpose? To share the current state of their faculty-supervised research with a diverse audience of UFV academics, students, family and friends, industry and community leaders, and other members of the Fraser Valley community.


  • 9:30am - Doors open
  • 10-11am - Student Microlectures
  • 11-11:45am - Break
  • 11:45am-2:15pm - Poster presentations / judging
  • 2:15-3pm - Break
  • 3pm - Awards ceremony, closing remarks

Annual research events & celebrations

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Faculty Publication Celebration 2023: In-person showcase celebrating peer-reviewed scholarly works of UFV faculty published February 2021 - January 2023.

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Student Research Day 2021: Student research poster online showcase & award competition featuring 54 research projects by 80 UFV students.

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Undergraduate Research Excellence (URE) Awards 2021: 32 undergraduate researchers were honoured with awards totalling $26,000. Check out the 17-minute celebration video.

COVID-19 Research Panel Presentation

Adapting to a Pandemic World: Exploring COVID-19 Research at UFV. Some of UFV's leading researchers shared their work on the diverse areas impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Satwinder Bains (Director, South Asian Studies Institute and Associate Professor, SCMS)
Mitigating the Effects of Epidemic/Pandemic Outbreaks on Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers and Farm Operations in British Columbia

Dr. Cindy Jardine (Canada Research Chair, Health and Community)
Developing travel readiness strategies for Chinese and South Asian populations in the Fraser Valley who regularly travel back to their countries of origin to visit friends and relatives

Dr. Lesley Jessiman & Dr. Andrea Hughes (Faculty Associate, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Associate Professor, Psychology)
Social Isolation & Loneliness in the Face of COVID-19: An Examination of the Outcomes & the Key Protective/Predictive Factors

Dr. Shelley Canning (Director, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Associate Professor, Nursing)
Nursing students and seniors: Using technology to maintain social connections during COVID-19


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Student Research Day

UFV Student Research Day is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their faculty-supervised research projects to the wider UFV community. The event takes place at the end of Winter semester (March-April) each year.

Students participate by designing a research poster covering their project's objectives, methodologies, and conclusions.

Posters are scored by a panel of UFV faculty researchers. Students with the top-scoring posters in roughly 11 categories receive a prize cheque in recognition of their scholarship, while all participants leave with a substantive product they can use for their CV, conferences, or other poster competitions.

Details and registration

Faculty Microlectures

Each Winter semester, we invite UFV faculty to take part in the Faculty Microlecture Series by presenting a "snapshot" of their research in 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.

This year, Faculty Microlectures will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 11:30am-12:30pm in A219 (Spirit Bear Cafe, Abbotsford campus) with the Faculty Publication Celebration to follow.

To participate, send your research title/topic to Leona.Oakman@ufv.ca.

Faculty Publication Celebration

UFV's Faculty Publication Celebration takes place after faculty microlectures every other year. This year, we'll be returning to an in-person event where UFV faculty with scholarly work published within the last two years (peer-reviewed journal articles, books or book chapters, juried exhibitions, etc.) have their work featured. 

The 2023 Publication Celebration will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 12:30-2:00pm in A225 on the Abbotsford campus following the Faculty Microlectures event.

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Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

Each year, Undergraduate Research Excellence (URE) Awards are presented to UFV students who have conducted high-level research as part of the UFV Work Study program, as research assistants, or for an outstanding course project. UFV Departments/Schools nominate their top research students near the end of Winter semester, while additional awards are available for the best:

  • Community Service Research project completed by a student with a community service agency
  • Indigenous Research project completed by a student on an Indigenous-related topic
  • Industry Engagement Research project completed by a student with a UFV industry partner

Learn more about URE Awards

Annual research workshops for faculty and students

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 and Industry Engagement at Ash.Lalani@ufv.ca 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 and Industry Engagement at Ash.Lalani@ufv.ca or 604-557-4044.

2019 workshop:Student Graduate Scholarship Workshop PPT

Faculty Sabbatical Planning and Application Workshops

Ask questions and receive feedback before submitting your UFV sabbatical application by attending a Sabbatical Planning and Application Workshop facilitated by Dr. Garry Fehr, AVP, Research. 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 Garry.Fehr@ufv.ca.

About sabbaticals

Research Option and Scholarly Activity (ROSA) Workshop

The Research Office facilitates a yearly workshop for faculty members interested in applying for either a Research Option (RO) or Scholarly Activity (SA) release. ROSA applications are due October 31 each year.

Keep an eye on the UFV Research events calendar for our annual ROSA Workshop, hosted by the Director of Research Services and Industry Engagement. We will run through how to prepare a ROSA application and how the applications are assessed, and answer any other questions you may have. Email ROSA.release@ufv.ca with questions or to request application assistance.

About ROSA

Grant Writing Workshops

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

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 the Director of Research Services for more information, or to set up a meeting to discuss your research grant application plans.

UFV Scholarly Sharing Initiative

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 Melissa.Walter@ufv.ca or Alex.Wetmore@ufv.ca.

The NSERC Discovery Grant Workshop May 3, 2023

This presentation will be held in two parts:

Part 1:

Dr. Lucy Lee from the Faculty of Science will share her knowledgeable experience as a member of the NSERC's Discovery Grants Evaluation Group Biological Systems and Functions) since 2022 (two rounds so far). She has served as primary and secondary evaluator for over 20 grant proposals and as tertiary, quaternary or quinary evaluator for close to 100 grants. She has also served as an external reviewer in a multitude of grants, and has held NSERC discovery and strategic grants since 1990. Except for a one year hiatus in 2000, she has held continuous discovery grants and continues to hold until 2025. She has been principal investigator (PI ) or co-investigator in multitude of other grant proposals, provincially, nationally and internationally, from private or public funding agencies, and brings a wealth of knowledge as to how to be successful in grant applications. She also brings the experience from sitting on grant evaluation committees from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and in decision making from her various roles as President of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the Canadian Council of Deans of Science and as Board member of the Society for In Vitro Biology (US). Dr. Lee will share some insights into how the NSERC Discovery Grants evaluation committee functions and will respond to questions and answers from the audience.

Part 2:

Ash Lalani is the Director, Research Services and Industry Engagement within the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies. She holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and Philosophy (double major with honors) and an MBA. She joined UFV in October 2022 from Simon Fraser University where she worked for 16 years, the past 12 years (since 2010) in various research administrative roles. Ash will walk you through the application process as this grant requires a mandatory Letter of Intent that needs to be filled out and submitted on Tuesday August 1st, 2023 prior to the full application submission on Wednesday November 1st, 2023. She will go through the various sections that the applicant needs to pay attention to and go over the discovery grant merit indicator grid as well as internal deadlines and support from the research office for the application.

Weblink for funding program: NSERC Discovery Grant program

Presenters: Dr. Lucy Lee (as an expert panel member) and Ash Lalani (grants facilitation and proposal information)

Date: Wednesday May 3, 2023

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Abbotsford campus, A203b

Livestream: For those who cannot make it in person, please use the teams link and join virtually. Click here to join the meeting

Recording: We plan to record this workshop

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ash Lalani and ash.lalani@ufv.ca


"(Research has) been a really sweet way to optimize my time at school. Looking back, I’m so grateful that I did this. It has truly been a highlight to work under Shelley (Canning). She has been a wonderful mentor and has impacted me and my nursing practice immensely."

  • – Rosaley Klassen
  •    BSN

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