FAQs

Q: What kind of events do you put on throughout the year?

A: Throughout the year, events may include pub nights, bake sales, academic seminars, trivia nights, movie nights, elections, apparel sales, etc. Stay tuned by ‘liking’ our Facebook page or viewing our events page. Come out and meet the exec as well as your fellow EEB classmates!

 

Q:I’m interested in getting more involved in EEBU. How can I become an exec member?

A: General elections for most positions are held near the end of the spring semester. Elections for first-year representatives are held early in the fall semester. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements about the elections. When elections are announced, send us an e-mail indicating your intent to run. More detailed instructions will be available closer to the election dates.

 

Q: I am in the midst of deciding which courses to take this year and am wondering what to expect from course X and how it is different from course Y. Can you tell me what I should expect from these courses?

A: You may contact EEBU directly through office hours or e-mail for advice if you wish. Also available is the ASSU anti-calendar, which summarizes student evaluations of courses (discontinued, but previous years’ calendars are available). As well, past syllabi are available through Portal. Instructions on how to access these can be found here. Finally, numerical scores of courses (based on student feedback) are available under the Course Evaluations tab in Portal.

 

Q: I’m looking for a bird course in EEB. Any suggestions?

A:EEB386H

 

Q: Where can I find past midterms and final exams for my courses?

A: EEBU has a collection of past tests and midterms (take a look at our page for a list) generously donated by students who have previously taken the course. Drop by the office during our scheduled hours to take a photocopy or picture of any tests and/or donate yours! Final exams can only be found online through the library’s ‘Old Exam Repository’ and are only available there if they are not restricted.

 

Q: How do I qualify to enrol in an EEB subject POSt (Program of Study)?

A: In order to enrol in any subject POSts, at least 4.0 FCEs (first year) must be completed. Enrolment is done through ACORN or ROSI on posted dates. More information on the process is here and a list of EEB programs can be found here. Requirements for completing the program can be found in the Calendar.

 

Q: What opportunities are there for getting involved in research in EEB?

A: There are many different ways to be involved in EEB research as an undergraduate student:

The 299Y research opportunity program, for second-year students only, allows you to work on a research project for course credit. The 398H/399Y research excursion program, a summer program for students between second and third year, also grants course credit and (for EEB projects) usually involves travel to a field station. For both of the 299Y and 398H/399Y programs, you can apply to work only with professors who are listed on those pages. All EEB professors are eligible to supervise students for EEB397Y/497H/498Y/499Y courses. You should approach a professor directly to ask if he/she would be willing to act as your supervisor.

A limited number of scholarships are available for summer research. Click on the links for more information about the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards and Northrop Frye scholarship.

Some EEB professors offer work-study positions during the school year and in the summer. Note that you need to be enrolled in a certain number of courses in order to be eligible for work-study. Other paid research-assistant positions are sometimes advertised in e-mails sent out by the department. Some professors may also accept lab volunteers.

If you are really interested in a particular professor’s research, don’t hesitate to contact him/her! The most important thing is whether he/she is willing to take you on; many positions are not advertised, and professors can often work something out for an interested student.

 

Q: I don’t know how to go about approaching a professor to ask about research opportunities. Do you have any advice?

A: There is no single ‘correct’ way to go about this, but here are some general tips. Do your research beforehand: visit the professor’s website and look at some of his/her recent publications to see what sort of work goes on in the lab. Send him/her a well-written, concise e-mail identifying yourself as a prospective trainee; include some information about yourself (e.g., your POSt, year of study, any relevant prior experience/coursework) and why you want to work in this professor’s lab. You may wish to attach your résumé/transcript to this first e-mail—it could help avoid some back-and-forth e-mailing if the professor wants to see those documents. If you are a student in one of the professor’s classes, you may instead choose to approach him/her in person during office hours. If the professor is taking students, you may be invited for an interview. During the interview, demonstrate your interest and be honest about time commitments, career goals, and anything else that comes up. You should also use the interview to assess whether you want to work with this professor (e.g., perhaps you realize you were mistaken about the type of research that goes on in the lab, or the professor expects a level of time commitment you can’t promise). If you are offered a position, congratulations! If not, don’t give up and try again with someone else. Please feel free to contact EEBU for more advice, if needed.