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Health and Safety Committee

The UPEI Faculty of Science Health and Safety Committee (FOSHASC) is designed to provide students, staff and faculty of the Departments of the Faculty of Science with essential information about health and safety on our campus.

We're currently updating the FOSHASC site; for more information, please visit the UPEI Health and Safety Steering Committee website.

Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee, chaired by the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies, is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for all graduate programs in the Faculty of Science.

Graduate Studies Committee

  • Russell Kerr - Chemistry
  • Barry Linkletter - Chemistry
  • Sean Landsman - graduate student representative
  • James Polson - Physics
  • Dany MacDonald - Applied Human Sciences
  • Paula Stephanie Tummon Flynn - graduate student representative
  • H. Carolyn Peach Brown - Environmental Studies and Biology
  • Marva Sweeney-Nixon - Biology
  • Amy Hsiao - Engineering, Co-ordinator

Mandate of the Graduate Studies Committee 

  • To establish and review periodically the goals and objectives of the Graduate Studies programs of the Faculty of Science.
  • To review all applications from prospective graduate students and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • To make recommendations to the Dean of Science concerning creation, deletion, or modification of graduate programs in the Faculty of Science.
  • To develop program and thesis guidelines for graduate programs in the Faculty of Science.
  • To review academic records of graduate students and recommend to the Dean the award of degree or courses of action for substandard performance. Such reviews are initiated based on recommendation of the student’s supervisory committee.
  • To recommend changes to the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
  • To review all recommendations from department chairs for the appointment of graduate faculty and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • To co-ordinate promotion of graduate programs in the Faculty of Science.
Kate Graham
Administrative Assistant
Department: 
Faculty of Science
Phone: 
(902) 566-0382

Ethics Committee

In accordance with the UPEI Research Ethics Policy, it is important to assess whether course-based research in the Faculty of Science requires ethics approval. All such activities involving human participants must be reviewed by the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee.

Mandate of Ethics Committee

The goals of the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee are:

  • to act as a resource on matters relating to the use of human participants in course-based research within the Faculty of Science
  • to produce and distribute documentation relating to the use of human participants in research to all departments within the Faculty of Science
  • to determine, on a yearly basis, the number of research projects involving human participants which take place in the Faculty of Science
  • to evaluate the nature of those projects and, if required, ensure that the proper documentation is submitted and filed
  • to submit a report of its activities to the UPEI Research Ethics Board on a yearly basis

Ethics Committee Membership

The committee shall consist of at least three members. Due to the potential for a greater number of research projects involving human participants in the life sciences, representation from the Departments of Biology and Applied Human Sciences is recommended.

The term of each committee member shall be for a period of two years. To maintain continuity, only one member per year will be up for election.

Current members include:

  • Misty Rossiter, Applied Human Sciences (Committee Chair)
  • Travis Saunders, Applied Human Sciences
  • Pedro Quijon, Department of Biology

Honours and Graduate student research

In accordance with the UPEI Research Ethics Policy, all Honours and Graduate students in the Faculty of Science doing research involving human participants must first apply for and receive approval from the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee and then submit their application to the UPEI Research Ethics Board.

In order to facilitate this process, Honours and Graduate students will complete and submit to the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee:

  1. UPEI Ethics Submission Form for Research Involving Human Participants, and
  2. Confirmation of Supervisor’s Review

Honours and Graduate Students will receive a certificate of approval from the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee, and this will need to be submitted along with their application to the UPEI Research Ethics Board.

The following documents are available for access for course-based research:

Consent forms for human participants:

Kate Graham
Administrative Assistant
Department: 
Faculty of Science
Phone: 
(902) 566-0382

Committees

There are several prominent committees related to the Faculty of Science. 

Read about the ongiong work of the Ethics Committee, Graduate Studies Committee and Health and Safety Committee using the links on the left of this page.

Carol MacDonald
Administrative Assistant
Department: 
Faculty of Science
Phone: 
(902) 566-0382

Biology Research

The Biology department has a well developed research component that includes a M.Sc. Program. Students also participate in research at the undergraduate level through the Honours program, special studies, and as summer employees.

In addition to being able to supervise graduate students in the Department of Biology, some of our faculty members have graduate faculty adjunct appointments at other Universities or through the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Fields of study

  • Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Aquatic Insect Ecology and Life Histories
  • Insect Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Plant Morphology
  • Floral and Pollination Biology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Marine Genetics
  • Vertebrate Behavior and Development
  • Mammal Ecology
  • Neurobiology of Mammals
  • Stroke

Prospective Graduate Students

Entrance requirements include a BSc degree for the MSc program or a MSc degree or equivalent for the PhD programs (see PhD programs for details). Both programs require also an acceptable level of grades during the last 20 courses completed before the application is submitted. Although UPEI requires a minimum average of 70% in order to consider an application, the Faculty of Science normally requires at least a 75% in order to accept students in the MSc or PhD programs. As indicated below, the applicant must have a confirmed supervisor with and a source of funding identified at the time of the application. Follow these steps to apply:

  • Step 1: Prospective students must meet the entrance requirements before considering an application. International students should learn in advance about visa requirements and language proficiency tests (for those whose first language is not English).
  • Step 2: Review departmental and individual faculty webpages (see Prospective supervisors) to find out about availability of space and resources in the research groups of interest. Before applying, students must identify, contact, and confirm a potential supervisor willing to commit to the student’s program.
  • Step 3: Complete and submit an Application form to the Registrar’s Office. The form must be accompanied by official transcripts and an application fee. The student should also arrange to have two letters of reference and, if applicable, proof of English proficiency sent to the Registrar’s Office.

For more details, please visit the Graduate Program pages:

In case there are questions or in order to facilitate a timely review process, students may contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator (ahsiao@upei.ca) once the application has been submitted.

Other information:

Amy Hsiao
Coordinator, Graduate Studies
Department: 
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Phone: 
(902) 628-4373

Science Graduate Forms

Amy Hsiao
Coordinator, Graduate Studies
Department: 
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Phone: 
(902) 628-4373

Physics Research

UPEI Physics Department faculty are actively conducting research in the fields of Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science, Medical Physics, Scanning Probe Microscopy and Physics Education. Faculty receive funding from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Atlantic Innovation Fund, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. These prestigious awards are given in recognition of excellence in research at the national and international level.

A number of ongoing research projects are designed to allow for student participation, in the form of Honors Research Projects and as employment during the summer months. If you are an undergraduate student and a career in physics interests you, come by and talk to us about getting involved in our research.

A few of our ongoing projects:

  • Materials Science and Instrumentation (Supervisor: Dr. D. C. Dahn)
  • Positron Annihilation studies of defects in metals (Supervisor: Dr. D. W. Lawther)
  • Theory of Complex Fluids (Supervisor: Dr. S. B. Opps)
  • Computer simulation / Polymers (Supervisor: Dr. J. Polson)
  • Biomedical Optics and Medical Physics (Supervisor: Dr. W. Whelan) 

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