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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

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Identify an area of concentration within the program: Bio-organic, Materials and Applied Physical, Environmental.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Look for research opportunities in faculty members’ labs.
  • Apply for summer research scholarships and assistantships (NSERC, Centre for Women in Science, FOSSA Research Scholarship).
  • Apply for the honours thesis research course for the opportunity to do research.
  • Learn about Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Chemistry.

Final Year

  • Attend the PhD symposium to view graduate students’ projects.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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  • Join student clubs such as the Laurier Chemistry Association, Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA), Society for Undergraduate Research and Outreach (SURO) or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Complete WHMIS training.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Participate in National Chemistry Week.
  • Attend the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference.
  • Participate in the Canadian Society for Chemistry Oral and Paper Competition.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Chemistry Seminar Series and the Career and Job Fairs to network with industry professionals and researchers.
  • Showcase your thesis project at Laurier’s poster conferences.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Join the Chemical Institute of Canada as a student member.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

First Yearbrain

Middle Years

  • Take required Chemistry courses and Biology courses to ensure you have prerequisites for senior Biochemistry and Biotechnology courses.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions, such as considering the Conestoga College Biotechnology Technician Diploma as part of your Laurier degree.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Look for research opportunities in faculty members’ labs.
  • Apply for summer research scholarships and assistantships (NSERC, Centre for Women in Science, FOSSA Research Scholarship).
  • Apply for the honours thesis research course for the opportunity to do research.
  • Learn about Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Final Year

  • Attend the PhD symposium to view graduate students’ projects.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

First Yearspeech bubbles

  • Join student clubs such as the Laurier Chemistry Association, Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA), Society for Undergraduate Research and Outreach (SURO) or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Complete WHMIS training.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Participate in National Chemistry Week and Global Biotechnology Week.
  • Attend the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference.
  • Participate in the Canadian Society for Chemistry Oral and Paper Competition.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Chemistry Seminar Series and the Career and Job Fairs to network with industry professionals and researchers.
  • Showcase your thesis project at Laurier’s poster conferences.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Join the Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences or Biomedical Society as a student member.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Yearhead

Middle Years

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.

Checklists

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 Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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