Department of Biology
October 2019 Issue
This month we focus on career and upcoming award opportunities!
Looking for a job?
Wondering about career options or maybe considering Graduate School…then you need to visit: https://careers.queensu.ca/students
Looking for study and travel opportunities?
The International Programs Office coordinates academic exchanges and study abroad experiences predominantly for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. For students wishing to enhance their degree program with a formalized component in International Studies, the IPO coordinates the Senate-approved International Studies Certificate. https://www.queensu.ca/ipo/home
Explore opportunities through Queen’s University Biological Station
The Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS) is one of the premier scientific field stations in Canada. For almost 70 years, researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading-edge research and participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science. Don’t forget to check out available awards for field-based undergraduate research experience.
Thinking about Graduate Studies?
Queen’s University is one of Canada's leading research-intensive institutions, with an especially strong graduate program in the Department of Biology. Here you will find a stimulating and dynamic research environment with an interactive and supportive atmosphere for graduate student research at both MSc and PhD levels.
It is never too early to think about investigating whether graduate studies is the next career move for you. The first step is to learn as much as you can about graduate studies in our department by visiting our website https://biology.queensu.ca/academics/graduate/ that contains information about the programs, their requirements, and financial support, among other subjects. The second step is to investigate what interests you the most in Biology, and to contact professors performing research in those areas. Ideally, you should set up a face-to-face meeting with individual professors to see if you have common interests.
You may also be interested in attending Think Grad Studies Day – October 10th, where you can join in the activities to experience what being a graduate student at Queen’s is like first hand. You can find detailed information at: thinkgradstudies.ca
Please contact me – D. Lefebvre, Chair of Graduate Studies in Biology or Joanne Surette – Graduate Assistant if you need any further information (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. The 2019-2020 application forms and details will be announced later this term. General requirements follow.
The award is $4,500.00 plus a minimum supervisor top up of $3,340.00 plus required fringe benefits (vacation pay is included).
• Students must work 16 consecutive weeks (35 hours per week).
• Student are not permitted to do thesis research while holding an award.
• Students are not permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award.
• Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
• Must be registered in an honours degree program in BIOL at the time of application and must be in at least year 2 of study.
• Must have obtained at least a “B” (or B-) (65-79%) average in their previous years of study.
• If you are registered in health sciences (M.D., D.D.S., and B.Sc.N.) or have a higher degree in the natural sciences or engineering you are NOT eligible. Graduating BIOL students are eligible providing they have not started a program of graduate studies.
Ocean Path Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for 2-3 graduating students from Queen’s (one of only 4 universities in Canada eligible) to engage in an intensive 12-month leadership program designed to support them in implementing a community development project anywhere in the world. Successful candidates will receive up to $25,000 in funding and receive formal training in community change at the Coady International Institute.
Please visit www.OceanPathFellows.com for full details. The DEADLINE for applications is NOVEMBER 14, 2019. Contact Information: Katie Fizzell, Career Services, Tel: 613-533-6000 Ext.32841 | Email: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wondering who to speak to first regarding core course activities?
For your convenience, here are the first contact email addresses for the listed core courses.
BIOL 102: email@example.com
BIOL 103: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIOL 200: email@example.com
BIOL 205 and 206: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
BIOL 212: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIOL 300: Laura Nagel (email@example.com)
Program Associates for core courses
BIOL 102: Barb Vanderbeld (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm: Biosci 2321B
BIOL 103: Laura Nagel (email@example.com) Rm. Biosci 2322A
BIOL 200: Anna Rooke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rm. 2321A
BIOL 205 and 206: Fern Gauthier (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 3321
BIOL 212: Barb Vanderbeld (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fern Gauthier (email@example.com), Anna Rooke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BIOL 300: Laura Nagel (email@example.com) Rm: Biosci 2322A
Co-ordinator-Professors for core courses
BIOL 102: W. Snedden
BIOL 103: C. Moyes
BIOL 200: P. Grogan
BIOL 205: I. Ching-Sang
BIOL 206: J. Friedman
BIOL 212: C. Moyes
BIOL 300: P. Martin
Academic Skills Workshops & Events Fall 2019 - Full schedule can be found at: sass.queensu.ca
Enhance Your Degree with an Internship 2019/20 - https://careers.queensu.ca/QUIP
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!
It is very important to keep this GPA requirement in mind throughout your program, starting with first year. To be admitted to 400 and 500 level Biology courses, you will need a minimum GPA of 2.0 in any previously taken courses from Biological Foundations list.
The Biological Foundations List is BIOL 102, 103, 200, 212, (201, 202), 205, 206, 300, 330, 334, 339, and 341 (BIOL 302, 303).
Information on Applying for a Course Prerequisite Waiver
Arts and Science Academic Deadlines
Arts and Science Calendar
Frequently Asked Questions
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BIOLOGY Undergraduate Office
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