First-Year News
February 12, 2020
Important Dates
February 17
Family Day

February 18-21
Reading Week

February 27
Majors Night

February 28
Last day to drop winter and multi term classes

March 4
Skating with the Dean

March 30
Last day to apply for admission to the Upper Year Program at the BISC

April 3
Winter term classes end
Majors Night - Save the date!

Still deciding about which Degree Plan you will choose in May? Have no idea what's even available? ASUS, Career Services, and the Faculty of Arts and Science will be hosting Majors Night on Thursday, February 27 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Biosciences Atrium. (Doors open at 3:30 for early birds). Every Degree Plan will be represented so stop in to talk to students, staff, faculty, and advisors. We can answer all the questions you have to help you make an informed decision.
Thinking about a degree in biology?

Drop in for a coffee and let’s chat! 2:00 - 4:00pm on March 2 (Mon), March 5 (Thurs), March 9 (Mon) and March 10 (Tues) Rm. 3406 Bioscience Complex

Please check out the new Biology Newsletter, here you will find useful information regarding biology degree plans, upcoming events and things you need to do and remember.
Biological Foundations List Requirement 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 cumulative GPA of 2.0 in any previously taken courses from Biological Foundations list.  The Biological Foundations List is BIOL 102, 103, 200 ( 201, 202 ), 205, 206, 212, 300 ( 302, 303 ) , 330, 334, 339, and 341.
Follow Julie French on mewe for the latest news/events in Biology.
Skating and Sipps with the Dean

Join Dean Barbara Crow on March 4, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm for skating and a warm beverage. Walk to market square from Dunning Hall main entrance at 4:00 pm and skate with the Dean for a wellness activity. Warm up with a Sipps beverage and some words about our Strategic Plan initiatives.
Our Advising Schedule has changed!

The Faculty of Arts and Science now offers a range of options to meet with an academic advisor. Students can book advising appointments in advance, same-day or attend on a drop in basis: Prebooked, 30-minute appointments for non-urgent issues, same day booked 30- minute appointments for more time sensitive issues, and Friday afternoon drop-in 10-minute appointments for general questions and quick help. If you have questions or would like to book an appointment, come into Dunning Hall or call us at 613-533-2470.
Need Help? Come see PASS

Have questions about your classes or concerns about how you are doing? Want to discuss your Degree Plan options? Come into Dunning Hall, Monday to Friday between 9-4 and see a PASS advisor.
Volunteer opportunities 2020-21! We’re recruiting!
Looking to get involved on campus? Want to have an experience that contributes to your personal and professional development? The Division of Student Affairs’ Peer Programs are recruiting for 2020-21! With more than 10 programs seeking students for peer support roles, there’s an opportunity for you, whether you’re interested in mentoring, health education, learning strategies, international experience, resume coaching and more! Enhance your volunteer experience while supporting your peers and building community on campus!
Check out the different opportunities at
Application deadline: February 17, 2020
Looking for a rewarding summer job on campus?

The Student Services Division of the Faculty of Arts and Science is looking for two students who are passionate about improving our services for students to join our team for the summer. One position, involves creating user-friendly guides to help students navigate the faculty’s regulations.The other, involves gaining human resource experience to help the Faculty office share knowledge effectively. Bring your creativity and drive to the Student Services Division this summer and gain valuable skills and experience. Deadline to apply is Friday, 28 February. Learn more here and check out the job titles:

109984 Student Communications Coordinator, and
110010 Learning and Development Assistant
2020 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship
The Student Experience Office & Student Facilitator Positions
The Student Experience Office , in collaboration with the Human Rights and Equity Office, is hiring student facilitators for our recently updated Inclusive Leadership Training: Leading, Including, Transforming (LIT). This 1.5 hour training explores basic foundations of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and equips students with leadership strategies and tools to foster inclusive spaces.

Our training is heavily influenced by our facilitators, so we are striving to hire a diverse group of students who are passionate about equity and anti-oppression work! This position is open to undergraduate & graduate students, and all identities are welcome.   
This position is open to undergraduate & graduate students, and all identities are welcome. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to 
Shara Francis-Herne , Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator.
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

Student Wellness Services is expanding options for mental health support for all Queen’s students. TAO provides 24/7 secure access to online resources to help students manage stress and anxiety. Learn more here.
Wellness Groups Winter 2020
Capturing the Art of Research

Researchers … ready your cameras. Returning for its fifth year, the Art of Research photo contest is looking to celebrate and creatively capture the research conducted by the Queen’s community.  
Hosted by the Office of the Vice-Principal (University Relations) and open to Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Art of Research provides a unique and accessible method of sharing ground-breaking research happening at the university. It also represents the diversity of Queen’s research, with winners representing multiple disciplines and submissions highlighting research happening at all career stages. Learn more about eligibility and prizes here.

The contest closes on March 12, 2020. The submission form can be found  here  and winning images from previous competitions are located on the  Research@Queen’s website .   
Enhance Your First-Year Experience with Q Success

Do you want to connect with your peers, build community and find success at university?
Q Success is a transition program to support students during their first year at Queen’s.

  • Q Success aims to help students develop the skills they need to succeed academically, personally, and socially, and make the most of their university experience.
  • You’ll be matched with an upper-year peer for mentorship and support through one-on-one meetings and monthly events.
  • Check out the Q Success website for information and to register today!
Check out Good Times Diner

Good Times Diner, a student run soup kitchen that has been catering to the Kingston community for the past 15 years has started a new initiative that offers a free dinner to students on the last Sunday of each month during the school year. All students are welcome!

Where: Chalmers United Church (Clergy Street entrance) - This is a non-denominational event.

When: January 26, February 23, and March 29 from 5-7pm

Do you have an idea to improve our spaces?

The Dean has launched a one-million dollar fund to provide financial assistance to initiate renovations to create accessible and inspiring facilities and infrastructure to catalyze learning, discovery, collaboration and community.  

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis and priority is given to submissions demonstrating strong alignment with the Faculty’s strategic priorities of Strengthening our Research Prominence, Enriching the Student Experience, and Supporting our People.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020 .

The fund is open to anyone who wants to submit an idea to transform our spaces. Visit the Dean’s Initiative Awards page to apply.
The Fireplace Series (Reminder)

The Fireplace Series continues in 2020! Join professors Laila Haidarali (Departments of Gender Studies & History) and Martin Hand (Department of Sociology) as they discuss how we look at our ourselves, how we look at others, and how we perform ourselves for visual consumption online in  Looking Online  on  February 14.

Professors Haidarali and Hand aim to have an open-ended discussion about how cultures of beauty and the performance of self online and offline, and in particular how racial and gender identities are experienced, constructed, and deconstructed through various acts of looking, in an attempt to make links between the pre-digital and digital ages.

The event will take place in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library. Tea will be served at 9:45am. 

You can listen to some of the previous events and discussions on our  Fireplace Series webpage.
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