The Undergraduate Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology (UJEMI) publishes scientific articles authored by undergraduate students. The suite of publications include:

  1. UJEMI

  2. UJEMI+ – A peer reviewed journal dedicated to the publication of research articles by undergraduate students around the world. 

  3. UJEMI-methods – Papers or videos explaining the theory, application, timeline, troubleshooting steps for techniques relevant to work in a molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology laboratory.

  4. UJEMI-PEARLS – Short educational reviews written by undergraduate students on topics relevant to microbiology and immunology. These papers are reviewed by a contributing editor. 


Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) represent broadly accessible opportunities for students to do real science. Since 2001, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology has been developing a laboratory-based CURE scaffolded on several writing assignments which culminates in the online publication of original research articles. These papers are used by students in subsequent terms to derive new projects. 

These CUREs include the opportunity to engage in laboratory experiences where elements of scientific practice, discovery, collaboration, iteration, and meaningful research are encountered. 

This pedagogical innovation is consistent with UBC’s strategic vision of providing its undergraduates with opportunities for enhanced educational experiences as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science which called for the integration of authentic research experience as part of undergraduate education.

Student Resources on Campus

Student Services maintains a List of Services available to students. Their services include help for student having personal (emotional or medical) difficulties and thus having problems with schoolwork. Anytime you are having difficulties, you are advised to contact the Access & Diversity Office, Student Counselling, the Disability Resource Centre or a physician at Student Health, depending on the nature of the situation. It is best to meet with an advisor at the Science Information Centre when problems arise rather than waiting until academic progress worsens.

Summer Employment Resources

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Limited summer research positions are offered to undergraduate students through Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA). Directed Studies (MICB 448) is an unpaid research opportunity available to undergraduate students in the Majors or Honours program. In general, you should anticipate that a directed studies course will require about 10-15 hours per week. If you intend to do a directed studies project, contact the Undergraduate Advisor for permission.

For all research positions, please browse our Faculty Listings, which includes areas of research for our faculty and associate members. Contact any faculty members directly with whom you would like to work and to see if there is research space available in their lab. There is no central list of faculty members who are looking for summer students or directed studies students.

Please make arrangements well in advance of your proposed start date; for summer positions, begin looking in January. Students cannot be guaranteed space in a research lab or on a research project as there are more students seeking research experience than space available.

Other Departments that might have opportunities include:

General Employment Resources