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The Gray Family Student Initiatives Fund (GFSIF)
This Fund was established though a gift to Queen’s University by Gordon Gray, BCom’50 in January 2004. The GFSIF was established to "provide annual support to any Arts and Science student, or group of students, who would like to write a report, attend a conference, do non-profit work, or other initiatives in the area of preservation of wildlife species.”. The grant guidelines stipulate that “Grants are meant to enable students to participate in non-credit opportunities that will provide them with meaningful lessons realized by working with others in helping conserve wildlife.”.
In the upcoming fiscal year (May 2019 to April 2020) the amount available from this endowed account is $16,000 . We invite undergraduate students to apply to the GFSIF by submitting an application (up to two pages) with the following information: i) a description of their initiative; ii) how their initiative speaks to the intent of the grant; and iii) a budget outlining the amount requested. An awards committee, with representation from at least three departments/schools within the Faculty of Arts and Science, will rank the proposals and suggest fund allocations, which will then be forward to the Dean of Arts and Science for approval. Once approved by the Dean, the successful applicants will be notified in early March.
Please submit complete applications as a single PDF file to Brian Cumming, Department Head - Biology (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 15th, 2019.
Summer Research Award Opportunity
NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA): Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) underwrites these prestigious awards to stimulate student interest in research and to help cultivate tomorrow’s scientists. USRAs involve independent research and are taken up in NSERC-funded laboratories. The awarding of USRAs is carried out internally through Queen’s Biology. Requirements can be found at: https://biology.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/awards-opportunities/undergraduate-summer-research-awards-usra-nserc/
Process: The selection process normally involves a combination of GPA and a statement on your interest in research. The 2019 process will begin mid-December to early January. An e-mail will be sent to let you when the forms become available. In the meantime, you are welcome to discuss possible opportunities for supervision of summer research projects with Biology faculty members ahead of time and you should be aware that faculty members are under no obligation to make any promises to students until students have been nominated. Do not fill out the official NSERC application form until you are asked to complete it (you will only be asked if your application is successful - nominations will be made early to mid-February. You will find a listing of biology faculty and their research interests at https://biology.queensu.ca/people/department/professors/
Supervisor Eligibility: The holder of a USRA must normally be supervised by a biology faculty member who holds an NSERC grant, either at the time of application or when the student holds the award.
Are you going into 4th year 2019-20…wondering about BIOL 537 and BIOL 500 courses?
We are in the process of setting up an information session in the new year. Details will follow in the next newsletter and will also be sent out to all BIOL 3rd year students via an e-mail. Tentative date is Feb 4th 5:30pm to 7:30pm….but we will confirm in January.
Did you know?
In order to encourage students to explore subject matter outside their program of study and to promote interdisciplinary study, all upper-year Arts and Science students will be permitted to designate up to 6.0 units of degree-credit courses for pass/fail grading, thereby minimizing any risk to the students’ GPA. Such courses designated for pass/fail grading will be referred to as Personal Interest Credits (PICs).
Wondering who to speak to regarding lab work?
Here is the list of core course lab program associates (lab managers)
BIOL 102 and 103: Barb Vanderbeld (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 2321B
BIOL 201: Dale Kristensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm: Biosci 5603
BIOL 202 and 300: Laura Nagel (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 2321A
BIOL 205 and 206: Fern Gauthier (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm: Biosci 3321
Biology Degree Plans
Review your degree plan requirements and make sure you are selecting courses you need. Degree plan requirements can be found at: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci.
Biological Foundations List - IMPORTANT!
The Biological Foundations List is BIOL 102, 103, 201, 202, 205, 206, 300, 330, 334, 339, 341 (BIOL 302, 303).
To be admitted to BIOL 400 and 500 level Biology courses you will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in any previously taken courses from this list.
Information on Applying for a Course Prerequisite Waiver
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