UPEI Environmental Society

UPEI's Environmental Society is made up of students from all walks of life - we get together to brainstorm some awesome, fun ways to promote environmental awareness and sustainable living on campus. What’s great about the Environmental Society is that you can be from any faculty, any department, any year and feel welcome. 

Why should I want to be part of this society?

If you are concerned about how the planet is going to be able to sustain its seven billion+ human inhabitants, the Environmental Society is for you! We are a group of students interested in improving the environmental stewardship and awareness at the University of PEI. We are always looking for new members and ideas. 

Student Symposium

Make an Impact! The Special Topics Student Environmental Studies Symposium course is an opportunity for students to facilitate a public forum to raise awareness and discussion about a contemporary environmental issue. This unique course will focus on students planning and running a one day symposium about a relevant environmental issue of their choice.

It will provide an opportunity for active and collaborative learning as students dialogue with important stakeholders engaged in real world issues from government, the private sector and civil society.

Through the process of organizing this symposium, students will deepen their knowledge of the complex nature of environmental issues and the challenges in finding sustainable solutions. Practical outcomes of the course include the development of critical thinking and writing skills, as well as organizational, communication and team-building skills. For more details contact Carolyn Peach Brown, Director at hcpbrown@upei.ca.

To see some photos and a video from the 2012 and 2013 events, see the following links.

Debbie MacLellan
Department: 
Environmental Studies
Phone: 
(902) 566-0320

Why Study Chemistry?

The federal government has stated that Science and Technology (S&T) are central to the success and growth of the economy of Canada (see "Science & Technology for the New Century: A Federal Strategy," March 1996). Moreover, it is recognized by students that a university education in science will prepare them for the challenges of an S&T- based economy. The three areas of focus for future economic development are biotechnology, communications, and the environment. Chemistry is fundamental to environmental science and biotechnology.

Chemistry is seen as a central discipline in science, required at various levels for undergraduate programs in physics, biology, biochemistry, family and nutritional sciences, engineering, physiotherapy, and pharmacy, as well as others.

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry provides graduates with invaluable problem-solving skills, and prepares them for professional programs such as business administration, law, education, medicine, library science, or journalism. In the workplace, majors graduates may find employment in government labs or in industry as laboratory technologists or plant chemists in pharmaceuticals, the petroleum field, or analytical laboratories.

Graduates of the honours program will pursue graduate degrees (MSc, PhD) at graduate school in chemistry or environmental science. Indeed, many schools offering post-secondary degrees in environmental science require a first degree in a mainstream discipline such as chemistry. In industry or government labs, the honours graduate would pursue a career as a "professional" chemist, with career advancement in research or management.

It is crucial that today's graduates are well-prepared to compete in the real world. At UPEI we are in a unique position - we have the opportunity to provide a progressive, state-of-the-art chemistry program that addresses the needs of students in a small, friendly, and interactive environment.

Rabin Bissessur
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Department: 
Chemistry
Phone: 
(902) 566-0510

The Facility

The Department of Chemistry at UPEI is at a major turning point in its history. The summer of 1996 saw the opening of a $5.4 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre. The building not only allows an increased capacity for teaching undergraduates with the most efficient use of resources, but more importantly, students will learn chemistry in an ultra-modern environment that is conducive to learning. Further, the new facility boasts dedicated, modern research laboratories which house externally funded research programmes.

The building has an "L"-shape, with classrooms and freshman laboratory located on the ground floor, and senior labs, offices, and research wing on the second floor. Classrooms are comprised of a 120-seat lecture theatre and a 60-seat lecture room, both fully equipped with multimedia audiovisual aids (these are wheelchair accessible and are equipped for the hearing-impaired); and two seminar rooms (30 seats and 15 seats). The lecture theatre houses freshman, organic, and biochemistry courses. Other second- and third-year courses are held in the 60-seat lecture room, while fourth-year courses are held in the seminar rooms. Adjacent to the student lounge, the department houses a student computer lab, with 12 pentium computers networked to UPEI's system. The freshman laboratory can accommodate up to 60 students per session. The second-floor teaching wing contains a Physical/Analytical/Inorganic lab plus an Organic/Biochemistry lab. Each bench is equipped with local extractor hoods to maintain a high air-quality.

The Research Wing houses the programs of the six faculty in two integrated research labs, with cubicles for up to 18 students. Connected to but separate from these are instrumentation rooms. The department has the following instrumentation: NMR (300 MHz, with VT and broad band probe), FTIR, UV/vis (Cary, HP diode array, stopped flow kinetics), fluorescence, HPLC, GC, mass spec, Atomic Absorption, electrochemistry.

Rabin Bissessur
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Department: 
Chemistry
Phone: 
(902) 566-0510

Seminar Series

The UPEI Biology department hosts a year-long seminar series representing a broad range of topics in biology. The series showcases research from faculty and graduate students as well as visiting scientists.

All seminars are open both to the extended UPEI community and to members of the general public.

The ESC-HUB Research Seminar Series will be held on Fridays, at 12:30 pm in Room 204 of UPEI's Duffy Science Centre.

Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Chair, Department of Biology
Department: 
Biology
Phone: 
(902) 566-0633

Our Graduates

Many of our graduates go on to professional schools to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and education.

Several of our graduates have gone on to do graduate work at institutions located across the country, as well as at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. Our students have had a good record in this sort of endeavor, and we have done well with national awards such as NSERC post-graduate scholarships.

Some students also find employment in government doing work in environmental sciences, agriculture, and health sciences.

Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Chair, Department of Biology
Department: 
Biology
Phone: 
(902) 566-0633

Ongoing Research

The Biology department has a well-developed research component that includes a Master of Science 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 Behaviour and Development
  • Mammal Ecology
  • Neurobiology of Mammals
  • Stroke
Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Chair, Department of Biology
Department: 
Biology
Phone: 
(902) 566-0633

Dietitians of Canada Graduate Internship

The Foods and Nutrition program is an accredited undergraduate dietetic education program. To be eligible to apply for a position in an approved graduate dietetic internship program, students must meet the academic requirements of the Dietitians of Canada and should have a minimum average grade of 70% in their last 30 courses.

In addition to the courses required for the foods and nutrition major, students interested in applying for a graduate dietetic internship placement must take Foods and Nutrition 321, Foods and Nutrition 422, and Foods and Nutrition 483. All course descriptions can be found on the Foods and Nutrition program page.

For more information, please contact Debbie MacLellan, Dietetic Course Director.

Debbie MacLellan
Department: 
Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 
(902) 566-0521

Integrated Dietetic Internship

Established in 2000, the UPEI Integrated Dietetic Internship is an innovative and progressive program. Students who qualify for this program have the opportunity to complete both the BSc degree program in Foods and Nutrition and the dietetic internship in just four-and-a-half years. The Integrated Dietetic Internship holds separate accreditation from the Foods and Nutrition program through Dietitians of Canada.

Completion of a Bachelor of Sciences (Foods and Nutrition) degree does not guarantee an internship position. General success in obtaining an internship depends on the following:

  • Academic performance - students applying to the integrated internship program must have an overall average of 75% or higher.
  • Involvement in community or extracurricular activities and special projects.
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience - this does not necessarily have to be foodservice experience (although this is good), but you will need to be able to describe the kinds of skills and knowledge that you gained from the experience.
  • References - faculty of Applied Human Sciences will prepare a composite reference for each student applying to the internship program. It is important to attend class regularly, participate in class discussions, and come to class prepared.
  • Personal characteristics - evidence of leadership abilities, communication skills and self-direction.
  • Essential skills - read about the essential skills and attributes for students in the dietetic internship program.

What do our graduates have to say about the program?

“My experience with the UPEI Integrated Dietetic Internship Program was a memorable one. Not only did it prepare me for the dietetic profession, it also increased my confidence and expanded my horizons.” - Riddhi Shukla

“The UPEI integrated internship program provides the ideal learning and training environment because of its personalized approach... The possibilities for placement options and therefore learning experiences, go above and beyond what you could ever imagine.” - Roberta Dowling

Resources and information for accepted students and preceptors

Linda Smith
Department: 
Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 
(902) 566-0620

Field Placements and Community-based Learning

During the third and fourth years of the Family Science program and Child and Family Studies program, you get the chance to apply and integrate your knowledge and skills through community-based learning opportunities. Starting in third year you will be able to participate in a 32-hour field placement with a community agency during the fall semester as part of Family Science 381: Professional Practice with Children and Families. This first community-based learning experience is followed by Family Science 382: Program Planning and Evaluation where you and a small group of classmates will plan, develop and implement a family education program in liaison with community agencies. In your fourth year, you will be involved in an intensive field placement for 80 hours each semester (approximately 1 day/week) from September to April. This capstone community placement will give you many opportunities to integrate theory with practice in a supportive setting within the community. Visit the Family Science program page and Child and Family Studies program page for full course descriptions.

Read about some of our students' experiences with past community partners.

Students heading out to do field placements should ensure that their immunizations are up-to-date to protect both themselves and those they will be working with. Please complete the Pre-Placement Immunization form.

Are you a Field Placement Supervisor with a question about field placements? Then you are in the right place to get many answers by looking in our Handbook for UPEI Community-based Field Placements in Family Science and Child and Family Studies. If you still need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Charlene VanLeeuwen, Field Placement Coordinator.

Charlene VanLeeuwen
Field Placement Co-ordinator
Department: 
Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 
(902) 566-0691

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