Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience. You can participate in research either as a volunteer research assistant, or through Directed Studies and/or Honours opportunities. Explore your options below.

The opportunity: Get experience helping faculty members, graduate students, or a mixture of the two, with their research projects. This is a non-paid, non-credit based opportunity that will give you the chance to participate in various elements of conducting research. The duties and length of the opportunity is determined by the supervising faculty member.

Prerequisites: Typically, no experience is required, but some opportunities may require the completion of certain courses prior to volunteering.

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

The opportunity: Carry out your own research project under the supervision of a faculty member. You can earn three or six credits, depending upon the project.

Prerequisites:

  • Economics: ECON 204 and 205, permission of a supervising faculty member and the department
  • Philosophy: fourth-year standing; 12 credits of PHIL; a minimum grade average of at least 72% in all completed PHIL courses; and permission of the department head
  • Political Science: fourth-year standing; 12 credits of POLI; a minimum grade average of 72% in all completed POLI courses; and permission of the department head
  • PPE: fourth-year standing in the PPE program and permission of the supervising faculty member

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

The opportunity: Economics students can research and write a research paper under the supervision of a faculty member. You will be involved in all aspects of the research process, including a formal presentation of findings.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honours in Economics program. See detailed admissions requirements in the Academic Calendar.

Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.

Awards for Undergraduate Students

The IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) provide exceptional research experiences for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The purpose of the awards is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience.

Our Partners and Donors

Together, we are making a difference, locally and around the world. Our partners and donors allow us to carry out our mission of helping the community, making advancements in psychological research, and providing quality education in the fields of economics, philosophy, and political science.

If you are interested in becoming a partner or donor, we would love to hear from you.