TAR graduate award

Many students will become a TAR intern, where graduate students can practice developing learning objectives, producing learning materials to engage students in active learning, developing assessment tools, and empirically evaluating student learning.

In addition, for eligible projects, students can receive a TAR graduate award of $7,000, paid to the students’ graduate program to be applied directly to their graduate stipend. This award is intended to replace a one-term teaching assistantship.


To be eligible for a Teaching as Research graduate award, the TAR project proposed by the graduate students should have high potential for impact on student learning.

Examples of impact include:

  • Integrate learning materials that highlight specific UBC research projects, as a vehicle to promote active learning in senior high school, college, and university courses.
  • Have the potential to influence how students learn in large, introductory courses.
  • Link to community resources, such as non-profit organizations.
  • Integrate student experiential learning in the local, national, or international community.

Leadership opportunities

In Canada, students commit to an Arts or Science stream in the last two years of high school. Providing some of our TAR interns with the opportunity to work with senior high school students, will create important role models for secondary students and will open leadership opportunities for TAR interns. It will help engage young people with a diverse group of scientists and engineers, transcending stereotypes and promoting the CIRTL core idea of learning through diversity. In addition to TAR internships in high schools, the integration of UBC research into teaching and learning in colleges and university classrooms will get UBC research stories out in communities across the province/country. The goal is to celebrate knowledge discovery in our classrooms and communities.