FoS Students’ Weekly E-Newsletter #1 (August 31, 2011)

Welcome to the new academic year at Dalhousie University.

In the news this week:

1. Dean’s BBQ Invite to First Year Science Students
2. DSS Undergraduate Conference, Sept. 10
3. The Next 36
4. Dean’s List 2010/11
5. Dalhousie Gazette looking for articles on “research funding” by Sept 9
6. Veterinarian Medicine Info Session – Sept 27
7. Studying for Success
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1. Dean’s BBQ Invite to First Year Science Students – Tues. Sept. 6

See the Faculty of Science blog for details

2. Second Annual DSS Dalhousie Undergraduate Science Conference

Sat. Sept. 10 at 1 pm to 7 pm in Ken Rowe Management Building.

Planning is underway for our 2nd annual undergraduate conference. If you are a Dalhousie undergraduate science student and have conducted original research (either at Dal or elsewhere), we are looking for you!

The conference has two parts- a poster session, and oral presentations, with awards given out for both best poster and best presentation. This conference is a great way to gain experience presenting scientific results, and is excellent practice for the potential honours students out there. If you are interested in participating, fill out the registration form!

If you’re looking for more information on the conference, check out the Conference 2011 section of this website- it’s chock full of details.

Hope to see you there!

3. The Next 36

Help identify one or two of your best undergraduate students who you think would be outstanding candidates for The Next 36. Ideal candidates are: 1) highly intelligent, 2) entrepreneurial, and 3) driven.

The Next 36 is an extra-curricular entrepreneurship program for outstanding undergraduate students from any discipline at any Canadian university or Canadians at any foreign university. Each successful applicant is placed on a team of four, given $50,000, 2 mentors, 180 hours of academic and practitioner instruction from faculty and Canadian business leaders as well as other resources to conceive and launch a mobile or tablet application-based venture.

The goal of The Next 36 is to give 48 (originally 36!) of Canada’s most promising undergraduates the academic foundation, practical skills, business mentorship, and aspirations to take on the nation’s most challenging, and promising, entrepreneurial opportunities in the future.

All successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for the program (estimated cost: $25,000).

We are in the final stages of the program for our first cohort of students. So far the program has been a measurable success on many dimensions. Admission is highly competitive. Several university presidents (Toronto, Western, McGill) are hosting Next 36 receptions this fall for their top 50 undergraduates to encourage their participation in the program.

If you are willing, then please encourage suitable candidates to apply online.

The early application deadline is September 14th, 2011, with a final application deadline October 7th, 2011.

Ajay Agrawal
Academic Director, The Next 36
Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Gillian Nation
Business Officer, The Next 36
MaRS Centre
101 College Street, Heritage Building
Suite 120-D

4. Dean’s List 2010/11

The Dean’s List has been posted on the Faculty of Science website.

5. Dalhousie Gazette looking for articles on “research funding” by Sept 9

Hello Science Students,

My name is Leilani, I’m the Opinions & Online Editor at the Gazette. I’m trying to drum up articles for our September 9th Issue and one of my contributors brought this NPR article to light ( I’d love to generate more discussion on the issue of research funding and the recession politics displayed in the article, and figured you might be able to pass this along to any interested parties who might have something to say on the issue.

Any articles submitted need to be between 400 to 600 words and are due on Thursday at 4PM at the latest.

Thanks for your time and consideration,
Opinions and Online Editor, Dalhousie Gazette

6. Veterinarian Medicine Info Session

Reps from UPEI will be visiting campus for this session on Tuesday, September 27th, 9 am in 5th Floor Biology Lounge. Attend if you are interested.

7. Studying for Success

The transition from high school to university life can often be a challenging one. However, with help from the Studying for Success program, you too can become a more effective learner. Attend our workshops or drop in for individual study skills sessions, where we can help you with Time Management, Critical Reading, Note taking, Preparing for Exams, and much more. We at SFS would like to make your university experience a more rewarding one. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Let Studying for Success help
you find smarter ways to study.

For more information or to make appointments, please:

  • visit our website:
  • visit our main office in the Killam Library, Room G28 (main floor)
  • call 494-3077 or
  • email the Coordinator at:

The Studying for Success Program helps students become more effective learners. Our workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions can assist students in developing study skills that can, in turn, help them to:

  • Manage information more efficiently
  • Improve their concentration and memory
  • Be more prepared in class and during exams
  • Increase their academic success
  • Develop career-related, marketable skills

This FREE service is available to ALL students.