What is the UBC Physics & Astronomy Launchpad Program?

We are inviting undergraduate students from equity-deserving groups in physics and astronomy – who are women or non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), 2SLGBTQ+, living with disabilities, and/or are in the first generation in their family to attend university – to join our Launchpad Program. This program is open to undergraduates or recent graduates who are interested in applying for research-oriented graduate programs in physics and astronomy in the upcoming Fall 2022 application cycle (for entry in 2023-24) or in Fall 2023 application cycle (for entry in 2024-25).

The program is now accepting applications until 11:59pm PDT on April 11, 2022 for in-person participation, and until 11:59pm PDT on May 16th for remote participation. Selected students for in-person participation will be notified by April 21, 2022.

Why join the program?

The program will include a workshop event (in-person and remote) from June 15 to 18, where you will:

  • Meet with faculty members and students in the department
  • Attend panel discussions on student life at UBC and industry career paths
  • Learn about various research areas and projects researchers in the department work on
  • Experience what it is like working in a lab, and take part in lab tours at various research facilities at UBC
  • Participate in workshops on preparing and improving your graduate program application and securing a paid research experience

Participants will also be paired up with UBC Physics & Astronomy mentors (graduate students and post-docs) who will continue to be in touch to provide support and guidance in participants’ journey to join graduate school in the future.

Who can participate?

Interested students should review the application guidelines for more information. Due to logistics, we will select about 25 applicants who are currently residing or studying in Canada, the United States or Mexico to participate in person at UBC. Students from anywhere in the world can apply to participate remotely.

Is there a fee for this?

There is no fee for participating in this program. For students accepted to participate in person, all costs, including travel, will be paid by the program. For in-person participants we will waive application fees for UBC Physics and Astronomy graduate school for the years 2023 and 2024.


Interested students should contact the Launchpad Program at launchpad@phas.ubc.ca for more information. Make sure to review all the website materials before contacting us.