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Upcoming events


Workshop: Recognizing and responding to brain injuries among survivors of intimate partner violence in the Fraser Valley

Tuesday, May 17 930am - 345pm

In collaboration, the School for Criminology & Criminal Justice and the Peace & Reconciliation Centre invite you to join a one-day workshop examining service provider recognition and response to brain injuries among intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors in the Fraser Valley.

The workshop combines the findings of a research study on service provider recognition and response to brain injuries among IPV survivors along with examples and practical tips that can be considered or adopted in future practices.

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Peace Talk: PACS students - Transforming our communities

Thursday, May 19 @1130am

Presenters: Katelyn Van Hove and Amanda James
Moderator: Steve Schroeder, PARC Community of Practice Commitment Leader

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Annual research events & celebrations

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Faculty Publication Celebration 2021: Multi-media online showcase celebrating peer-reviewed scholarly works of UFV faculty published within the past two years.

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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

UFV Faculty Micro-Lectures

Each Winter semester, we invite members of UFV faculty to take part in the UFV Micro-Lecture 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.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the last micro-lecture event on February 26, 2020. Due to Covid-19, the next faculty micro-lectures will be held in Winter 2022.

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

Faculty Publication Celebration

UFV's Faculty Publication Celebration takes place after faculty micro-lectures every other year. In lieu of an in-person event for 2021, UFV professors with scholarly work published within the last two years (peer-reviewed journal articles, books or book chapters, juried exhibitions, etc.) have their work featured in an online exhibit that will remain up through Winter 2023.

View the 2021 showcase

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 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 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 and

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 2021 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. Email with questions or to request application assistance.

About ROSA

Grant Writing Workshop

Thinking of applying for a research grant? Keep an eye on the UFV Research events calendar for our 2021 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.

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 or

"Ever since I became involved as a Research Assistant, and have started networking more with Amanda (McCormick) and the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, I feel like all of these opportunities have just fallen in front of me."

  • – Kia Neilsen
  •    BA, Criminal Justice

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