SURFs

UBC Stober Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs)

The UBC Stober Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) have been established as a catalyst for excellence in health-related research and undergraduate student training within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

The novel program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue unique research opportunities within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. The SURFs fund will provide $280,000 to 34 graduate students over the period of 5 years. Each SURF awardee will complete 16 weeks of research training under expert research supervision. The SURFs were developed to attract highly-talented undergraduate students from around the world to the world-class research opportunities taking place at UBC Okanagan.

Meet the 2021 SURF Trainees

Conan Shing

Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Career Goal: Exercise Physiologist for Cycling Canada

“My particular project is important as it fills a gap in current literature regarding measures of sleep apnea. Current measures of sleep apnea, like the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), are a crude and unrefined measure of sleep apnea inaccurately representing its duration and severity. Through this project, I hope to find relationships between AHI and several other variables to discover a more accurate and informative way to present sleep apnea severity.”

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Amanda Holyk

Hometown: Vegreville, Alberta
Career Goal: Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) combined program at UBC.

“I believe my project will provide important evidence to help optimize in-person and online pulmonary rehabilitation programs across Canada. Utilizing the results of my study, I would like to create Canadian guidelines on how to ideally implement online pulmonary rehabilitation. My overall goal is to help improve the health-related quality of life for people with chronic respiratory disease(s).”

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Jenna Sim

Hometown:North Vancouver, British Columbia
Career Goal: Working within a health authority in community-based health promotion.

“This project is important because it will test the efficacy and acceptability of a cultural safety and inclusivity training module for coaches of Small Steps for Big Changes (SSBC), a diabetes prevention program. By testing this training module we will determine if it can effectively train SSBC coaches to deliver safe, equitable, and un-biased diabetes prevention care.”

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kate Crosby

Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Career Goal: I hope to pursue a career in geriatric medicine that involves both clinical practice and research.

“This research will further our understanding of how to optimize active and healthy aging at home by increasing our understanding of the social and physical supports for aging. My project will benefit older adults by providing information which will maintain a level of independence and stay in the comfort of their own home.”

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