Volunteer at MURC

Volunteer for the conference

Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) volunteers are important to the success of the conference. Volunteers are given the opportunity to network with other student leaders and researchers on campus and learn about the research being conducted by their peers.

Volunteers will be supported by the MURC Planning Committee and the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning staff.

About the volunteer role

Volunteer applications for MURC 2024 are now closed.


  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Adaptability and openness to new experiences
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in learning more about student development and research
  • Willingness to learn technological platforms that MURC will be hosted on
  • Previous experience navigating Zoom, Collaborate Ultra, and Canvas is an asset
  • Previous public speaking experience is an asset, but is not required
  • Able to commit to a mandatory training session

Experience in research is not required to apply.

Volunteer tasks

Event volunteers will be tasked with several roles, including:

  • Assisting with pre-conference preparations as required
  • Assisting with the facilitation, timing, and evaluation of presentations
  • Moderating presentation sessions and introducing presenters
  • Answering general inquiries from conference attendees and adjudicators
  • Providing any additional logistical assistance as needed

Anticipated learning outcomes

  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Experience in running and logistically managing a large conference
  • Professional communication with peers, presenters and staff

Benefits and recognition

  • Opportunity to network with other student leaders on campus and work in a collaborative team with other volunteers
  • Opportunity to gain online events experience and learn about undergraduate research from a variety of disciplines at UBC
  • Letter of Service upon request
  • Panel and networking session with graduate student adjudicators to learn about different fields of research and get career advice or tips for getting involved with research
  • Optional professional development opportunities 

Become an adjudicator

Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) presentations are adjudicated by the research community at UBC.

To learn more about the adjudication process or for any other questions about the conference, please contact undergraduate.research@ubc.ca.