A Growing History
The Capstone Conference showcases research by graduating Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) students of the University of British Columbia’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. The conference is organized by the graduating students and is facilitated by the first year MOT class. Research is conducted in the year leading up to the conference and is as diverse as Occupational Therapy itself.
Students work under the supervision of UBC faculty, clinicians, and researchers in creating both quantitative and qualitative studies. Many of the students at the conference have already presented or are preparing to present at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Conference and other national and international conferences. They may also be preparing to publish their findings in academic journals.
The conference continues to provide a venue for students to present their research projects, contributing to current occupational therapy research and to promoting the continuation of student research.
The first conference began with graduates of the first entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy class in 2006. Since then the conference has grown both in quality and in size as the graduating class increases and students continue to build on the work of those who first started the conference.
Sponsors continue to be an essential element to the conference that has allowed students to invite clinicians and others without cost as a way of giving back to the many individuals who take on practicum students throughout the years. The conference is an incredible opportunity for Occupational Therapy students and members of the Occupational Therapy community to come together, network and build the evidence-base that the profession stands upon.