BIOL 537 Offers 2020-21


As you already know, the situation is fluid and uncertain in the coming months, thus making decisions to offer 537 projects is a complicated process for faculty.  There are projects that are more adjustable to accommodate the changing situation and there are hands-on projects that may not be as flexible or even be reasonably feasible.  Therefore, please be aware that planned projects may need adjusting or may even become unfeasible – so be ready for such possibilities.

At this point, we are nevertheless pleased to be able to post the first wave of 537 offers as promised for April 14.  Students with offers in this first wave will need to accept by Friday, April 24.  

We will continue to post offers as they roll out – likely to be many this year because of the fall’s uncertainty.  You are thus advised to check this offer site frequently as subsequent waves of offers roll out in the following days.  We will strive to notify students by email of offers appearing.  You are also advised to continue to connect with faculty to see where things are and to work out plans, or even find other projects.

In the meantime, keep your spirits up and stay healthy!  We will be together again when this situation is over!

ID # is the last 3 digits (or 3 digits plus initials) of your student number.   To accept your offer please contact your faculty supervisor by e-mail.  Please make sure you copy Julie French ( on the e-mail.  Julie will register you in the course just prior to the start of course selection.

  537 OFFER 537 OFFER
ID #1 #2
053 Lefebvre  
061 Chippindale  
068 Orihel  
071 Nelson  
084 Chin-Sang  
089 Smol  
093 Plaxton  
230 Arnott Smol
299 Colautti  
302 Smol  
308 Colautti  
327 Friesen  
338 Bendena  
358 Martin  
410 Lefebvre Friesen
451 Martin  
452 Regan  
515 Cumming  
560 Mulligan/Chin-Sang/Young  
572 Co-S=Young  
598 Colautti Grogan
626 Tufts  
662 diCenzo  
687 Eckert  
721 Colautti Chippindale
723 Lougheed Friesen
735 Lougheed Colautti
742 Young  
770 Eckert  
774 Colautti  
791 Cumming  
806 Smol  
863 Plaxton  
914 Orihel  
945 Chin-Sang  
995 Arnott  
999 Young  
004EG Smol  
010YW Robertson  
069CV Colautti Snedden
254ZR Little  
417KC Bendena  
501LZ diCenzo  
602AM Friedman  
789MG Plaxton&Snedden   
801ZF Regan  
835EM Chippindale  
950NZ Wang  
985TT Bendena  

BUGS Award News!  Please also read, these may be of interest to you.

We have four undergraduate summer awards that help support field research at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS). We are undersubscribed this year, and recognizing that many of you will now know whether you have 537 courses, SWEPs or NSERC USRAs that might involve fieldwork, we have extended the deadline for application to April 12th at midnight. These awards help underwrite the costs of room and board for stays at QUBS. 

The awards are:  
- The Wes and Dorletta Curran Memorial Award for research in aquatic biology
- J. Allen Keast Lake Opinicon Undergraduate Research Fellowship for independent research at   QUBS
- The Alexander and Cora Munn Summer Research Award for research in conservation biology or environmental preservation
- The Kingston Field Naturalists' Award for research on conservation biology or natural history
Application forms can be found at:



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