Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC)

About the conference

The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) is a conference for UBC undergraduate students to present their research with fellow UBC students, family, and friends.

Since 2003, the conference has been led by undergraduate students and is centred on showcasing and celebrating undergraduate student research through presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers.

MURC is free to attend and open to the UBC community. Other students, including graduate students, can support the conference as volunteers or adjudicators.

Meet the MURC Planning Committee

Committee portfolio Members
  • Tiffany Wu, Faculty of Science, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Chloe Pan, Faculty of Arts, Sociology
Communications and Promotions Portfolio
  • Mehak Fatima, Faculty of Arts, Psychology
  • Ananya Gupta, Faculty of Arts, Psychology
  • Emma Law, Faculty of Arts, Economics
Logistics and Planning Portfolio
  • Lauren Tam, Faculty of Science, Biology
  • Jade Yan, Faculty of Science, Integrated Sciences
Volunteer Portfolio
  • Sam Manjunath, Faculty of Science, Neuroscience
  • Bernice Yue, Faculty of Science, Pharmacology
Workshops and Programming Portfolio
  • Wendy Liang, Faculty of Science, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Susan Zhang, Faculty of Science, Microbiology and Immunology

The MURC conference will take place on Sat, Mar 16, 2024.

Register to attend MURC

Delegate registration for MURC 2024 is now open. 

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Presenting at the conference

If you’re a UBC undergraduate student and you’re currently participating in or have completed your own UBC faculty-supervised research project, consider presenting at MURC. Students from all faculties and programs are welcome to apply.

Applications for MURC 2024 are open from Fri, Nov 10, 2023 to Sun, Jan 14, 2024.

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Volunteer at MURC

MURC volunteers are important to the success of the conference. At the event, volunteers can network with other student leaders and researchers on campus and learn about the research being conducted by their peers.

Help out with the conference or sign up to be an adjudicator for the conference presentations.

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Past conference information

MURC 2023

In 2023, MURC had:

  • 544 presenters
  • 344 unique presentations
  • 800 attendees
  • Over 65 volunteers

2023 MURC Journal publication

In 2023, MURC conference abstracts were published in the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR). CJUR is a student-led, peer-reviewed publication for Canadian undergraduate research. The journal published a special edition in collaboration with MURC 2023 to promote accessible undergraduate research initiatives. View the MURC 2023 publication (pdf).

2023 MURC winners

Oral presentation (in-person)

  • First Place (Winner of MURC x Rogers Top Oral Presentation Prize of a $100 gift card)
    Energetic consequences of freezing in the intertidal mussel, Mytilus trossulus
    Presented by Josh Yang​​​​​​
  • Second Place
    What happens in our brain when we imagine emotional scenes?
    Presented by Isabel Wilson​​​​​
  • Third Place (2 winners)
    • Probing Broad Line Region Dynamics with Single-Epoch Line Profiles
      Presented by Lucas Kuhn
    • ​​​​Midnight Sun, Polar Night: Competing Histories of Greenland
      Presented by Nick Toney

Poster presentation (in-person)

  • First Place (Winners of MURC x Rogers Top Poster Presentation Prize of a $100 gift card)
    • Ultrasound evaluation of intralesional muscle integrity following cervical spinal cord injury
      Presented by Hannah Ro
    • Canadian dairy farmer perspectives on dairy cattle and calf welfare during the periparturient period
      Presented by Amalia Urloiu
  • Second Place (2 winners)
    • Development of an ultra-rapid magnetic CRISPR screening method for genetic analysis of cellular glycosylation pathways
      Presented by Jimmy Kim
    • ​​​​Natural- and Vaccine-Induced Immunity against Future COVID-19 Infection
      Presented by Kayla Audreyartha and Sahar Elhag
  • Third Place (3 winners)
    • ​​​​Odd-One-Out: How infants and toddlers learn to associate word meanings
      Presented by Zahra Fallah and Ria Nair
    • Optimizing a Mechanical Arterial Niche to Examine Blood Cell Emergence
      Presented by Taia Yuen-Joaquin
    • Characterization of Daptomycin Use in the Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplantation, Intensive Care, and in Solid Organ Transplant Patients at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)– A Quality Assurance Project
      Presented by Alyssa Azote

Virtual presentation

  • First Place (Winner of MURC x Rogers Top Virtual Presentation Prize of a $100 gift card)
    Spatiotemporal prevalence of two Agriotes pest species at the UBC Farm
    Presented by Nisa Chavez
  • Second Place
    Implementation of the TLC-Act Drug Interaction Tool into Pharmacy Student Education as Part of Integration Activity Cases
    Presented by Jessica Lee
  • Third Place
    Current UBC E2P PharmD student interest in POC testing education
    Presented by Esther Ko

Botany Awards (Canadian Botanical Association)

MURC partnered with the Canadian Botanical Association (CBA) in 2023. Their generous support enabled the following 2 awards of $100 each to the best Oral and Poster Presentations.

  • Oral Presentation ($100 cheque)
    The influence of coralline species and morphology as substrate for Alaria marginata and Hedophyllum sessile settlement
    Presented by Ruby Burns
  • Poster Presentation ($100 cheque)
    Combat against Wilting Root Rot Complex; Possible New Weapon, Raspberry Bacterial Inoculation
    Presented by Natalie Westereng

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Conference sponsor

The 2024 MURC Conference is sponsored by Rogers Communications.

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