2023-2024 Life Sciences Student Council
The Life Sciences DSC serves to improve the experience of students in the Life Sciences program at Queen’s University by increasing student awareness of resources that boost academic success and helping to foster connections with peers and faculty members.
|Co-Presidents:||Serena Sengupta||Rukana Ragutharan|
|Academic Co-Chairs:||Sophia Baldasaro||Alex Ball|
The Academic Co-chairs serve as the liaison between the DSC and the university’s faculty to advocate for academic changes and feedback regarding the academic courses and structure of the Life Sciences program.
|Social Co-Chairs:||Emma Purdy||Kathleen Saunderson||Ryan Mickelson|
|Marketing Director:||Sandra Hacault|
The Marketing Director manages the DSC's social media and creating all digital content for the sites
The Treasurer manages the DSC’s annual operations budget, and maintaining partnerships with our sponsors.
|Prospective Students Facilitator:|
Engages with prospective and 1st-year students to help recruit for the Life Sciences program
|Extra Curricular Co-Chairs:||Alex Mayhew||Ava Colangelo|
Plan and execute all fitness events and initiatives, including intramural teams and Weekly Fitness Challenges.
|Student Experience Director:|
|Delaine Pereira||Alexis Ejeckam|
THE YEAR REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE HIRED IN THE FALL:
1st Year Representative: TBA
2nd Year Representatives: TBA
3rd Year Representatives: TBA
4th Year Representatives: TBA
For the Life Sciences Student Council Website click here.
Common FAQs and Feedback Form for Life Science Students from your DSC
Dear Queen’s Life Science students,
This feedback form has been implemented by the Life Science Departmental Student Council to answer your questions related to academics, extra-curriculars, research, social life, and the student experience. You can refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” subsection of each category. However, if these answers do not provide the answer you are seeking, please send your question and/or feedback to email@example.com . Thank you!
How can I improve my grades?
- Contact your Teaching Assistant or Professor to get feedback on how you can improve on future assessments.
- Consider booking an appointment with a Learning Strategist through Student Academic Success Services: https://sass.queensu.ca/programs/appointments/
- Utilize the online, self-help resources offered by Student Academic Success Services if there is a specific area of academic performance you wish to improve: https://sass.queensu.ca/onlineresource/
How should I deal with a lower than expected grade?
- Take a few deep breaths and remain calm. You have the capacity to improve in future.
- Contact your Teaching Assistant or Professor to get feedback on where you can improve.
- Make a plan to incorporate your feedback into future assessments.
- If questions arise in future, do not hesitate to contact your Teaching Team.
- Good luck!
What courses am I required to take in upper-year to meet my degree requirements?
- Please visit the following website, take note of the differing requirements for major versus specialization students: https://www.queensu.ca/academic-calendar/arts-science/schools-departments-programs/life-sciences/life-sciences-specialization-science-bs-honours/
How do I appeal a grade?
- If you feel your grade is unfair please visit the following website to make an academic appeal: https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/undergrad-students/student-services/academic-appeals
What electives are beneficial and interesting for Life Science students?
- Interdisciplinary courses offered through the Bachelor of Health Science
- Global and population health courses
- Health studies courses
What sub-plans exist in a Life Science specialization plan?
- Biomedical Discovery (BMDS-O) (39.0 units)
- Biomedical Sciences (BMSS-O) (27.0 units)
- Cancer Research (CANC-O) (39.0 units)
- Cardiorespiratory Science (CRSS-O) (42.0 units)
- Drug Discovery and Human Toxicology (DDHT-O) (39.0 units)
- Neuroscience (NSCI-O) (42.0 units)
- Visit the Department’s website for the content of each sub-plan: https://www.queensu.ca/academic-calendar/arts-science/schools-departments-programs/life-sciences/life-sciences-specialization-science-bs-honours/
Where should I look for extracurricular opportunities?
- Find an AMS Club that peaks your interest and become a member: https://myams.org/home/clubs/clubs-directory/
- Sign up for an Intramural team with friends or floormates. You can also sign up as a free agent and join teams looking for additional players!! https://rec.gogaelsgo.com/sports/intramurals
- Watch the Life Sciences Department Student Council’s Instagram for executive and council member opportunities
- Volunteer with the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society: https://www.queensasus.com
- The Queen’s Athletics & Recreation Center (ARC) offers many fitness classes for students to get involved and stay active: https://rec.gogaelsgo.com/sports/fitness
How does the Life Science Department Student Council provide extracurricular opportunities for students?
- The Life Sciences Department Student Council hires executive members in March, and Social and Prospective Student Facilitator committee members in early fall semester. Stay tuned: https://www.instagram.com/queensulifesci/
- The Life Sciences Department Student Council creates Intramural teams exclusively for Life Sciences students every semester. Stay tuned next September!
Where can I find available research positions?
- Look at faculty websites such as the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and read about professors’ research.
- Make a list of those that interest you.
- Search Omni on the Queen’s Library website to read more about their publications.
- Send respectful emails to the professors whose research interests you and inquire about research positions in their lab.
- Don’t be discouraged! This process can be difficult and take time.
What is a LISC 499/594/595 project?
- They are independent research projects offered by the Life Science program in Anatomy, Cancer, Epidemiology (now Public Health Sciences), Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Reproductive Development.
- 499 projects are reserved for Specialization students, and 594/595 projects are for Major students. 594 projects are worth 3.0 credits and last for one semester, whereas 595 projects are worth 6.0 credits and last for two semesters.
How do I find a supervisor for my LISC 499/594/595 project? (from website)
- Life Science Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization students interested in pursuing a 499 project in their fourth year should contact professors late fall of their third year unless a professor indicates a specific date. Please refer to the following websites for faculty associated with 499 projects (note: sometimes students will go outside of these but they will require approval - email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences: http://dbms.queensu.ca/faculty; Pathology and Molecular Sciences: http://www.path.queensu.ca/People/Faculty_Primary.php; Public Health Sciences: https://phs.queensu.ca/people/primary-faculty and the Centre for Neuroscience: http://neuroscience.queensu.ca/faculty-research http://neuroscience.queensu.ca/faculty-research
- The LISC office updates the 499 projects on the website prior to February 1st of each year.
- Students are expected to provide an unofficial transcript to their potential supervisor, thus confirming their eligibility for a 499 project.
- Once an agreement has been made between you and a supervisor, please email email@example.com from your Queen's email (and include your student number) letting us know who your supervisor is (and copying them on the email) and which 499 project you will be completing (for example, ANAT, CANC, EPID, MICR, NSCI, PATH, PHAR, PHGY or REPD). We will copy the 499 Coordinator on your email so that everyone is in the loop.
- Please note that some research grants will be announced later in the winter term, so faculty will not know until later in the term if they will be taking a 499 student. We can add 499 projects into September to a students schedule.
How do I discover what areas of research I am interested in?
- Pay attention to the different subjects that are taught in second year courses like cardiovascular sciences and reproduction in physiology, and microbiology.
- Use option courses to explore multiple course fields and find your interest.
What courses can help prepare me for research?
- STAM 200 or any equivalent statistics project
- LISC 391
- NSCI 323
How can I meet other students in the Life Science program?
- Attend events held by the Life Science Department Student Council, like speed meeting and Zoomba, to meet your peers! Come on out to our lifesci formal! Details on upcoming events can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/queensulifesci/