Commerce Scholars program

Learn how to conduct leading research under the mentorship of a distinguished faculty member.

The Commerce Scholars program (CSP) encourages you to draw upon the UBC Sauder School of Business's reputation as Canada’s leading research business school. Under the mentorship of a distinguished faculty member, you’ll work as a research assistant, learn all about the research process and sharpen your critical thinking skills.

Is this program for me?

Research skills – including the ability to define an interesting and relevant question, and formulate and test hypotheses – are important for graduate study as well as for a wide variety of careers in business. This program, starting in Year 3, is well suited for those who wish to consider an academic career, or work in the field of consulting.

Program presentation  


Program structure

Faculty mentorship

As a Commerce Scholar, you will be matched with a UBC Sauder faculty mentor who will introduce you to his/her research and to the research process in general. In addition, you and your fellow scholars will attend departmental academic conferences and research seminars with presentations by faculty.

Download the 2016/17 CSP event schedule

CSP mentors and their research interests


Course requirements
Year 3
COMM 311

Research Theory for Commerce Scholars

  • three credit in-class course
  • scheduled in Term 1
Year 4
COMM 490

Report and research presentation at a student research conference

  • three credit course for independent research project
  • no regularly scheduled meeting times

The six credits will count toward the BCom Commerce electives requirement.

Research work

You will work as a research assistant to your mentor over the summer, typically between Years 3 and 4 (based on a mutual agreement) and be a paid a $5,000 stipend for your efforts. All scholars will present their research work at a student research conference in March of Year 4.

Program completion

Upon graduation, you will receive a 'Commerce Scholar' designation on your transcript confirming your participation and completion of this specialized program.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be advancing to Year 3 of the BCom program (or Year 4 in the case of Co-op students).
  • achieve a first class average (80%) in Commerce courses completed in Year 2.
  • attain a minimum of 76% or a "B+" in UBC ENGL 112 or accepted equivalent course.
  • successfully complete COMM 290, COMM 291, and COMM 295.
  • submit the Commerce Scholars online application which includes your proposed research topic.

Applicants to the Commerce Scholars program may select a faculty research mentor and a project area within the mentor's research interests as described above. You may select up to three areas of research interest and rank them accordingly on the Commerce Scholars online application form.

Applicants who have already secured a faculty research mentor/project should indicate this on the application form in the appropriate space.

Application process

The selection committee, in addition to confirming that you have met the eligibility requirements described above, will assess your motivation for conducting research, creativity and overall potential by assessing the application form and conducting an interview (in person or by phone). The committee will match the selected scholars with research projects/faculty mentors based in part on the applicants' ranked preferences as well as suitability.

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The application for the current program cohort has closed. The application for the next cohort, to start the program in the 2017 Winter Session, will open in May 2017.

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