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Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Years

  • Apply for the Ontario University Program in Field Biology to complete fieldwork courses in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, British Columbia, Africa or the Caribbean.
  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Look for summer research opportunities and apply for a FOSSA Research Scholarship and/or NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to get funding.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Choose to specialize in one of the Biology concentrations.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions for your final year.
  • Consider applying to complete your thesis in fourth year as a part of the Research specialization.

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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  • Join student clubs such as the Laurier Biology Association, Faculty of Science Student Association (FOSSA) or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Contribute to Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord, or submit a creative piece to Blueprint Magazine.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.

Middle Years

  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Seek part-time job opportunities such as Laurier’s Work-Study Program.
  • Volunteer in a faculty member’s lab or with other programs such as Operation Wallacea.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Seek student-representative positions in the Biology Department (Department in Council, Faculty of Science Divisional Council).
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Attend the Ontario Biology Day undergraduate research conference or participate in poster conferences.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Participate in provincial, national or international scientific conferences as part of a faculty member-led research team.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Final Year

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.


Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

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When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with a degree in Biology.