For the second year in a row, Science student Ryan Murphy has coordinated the Faculty of Science student orientation. He was hired under the Canada Summer Jobs program to manage the event, which took place on September 4.
Mr. Murphy, a psychology and computer science student, says ‘Everything Science 2012’ provided new students who are interested in science with an introduction to what the Faculty and its departments offer.
“One of the key components for us was to bring students in, get them to have fun, meet friends and get used to the campus, but also to give them opportunities to talk to departmental academic advisors,” he said.
“We wanted to put the students together with the actual staff who they will be going to for program advice throughout the next four years on their very first day. So if they have questions, or even if they don’t, they get to meet and get to know the people who will work with them in the future to set up their programs and help choose their classes.”
Mr. Murphy was particularly pleased with the level of involvement from the departmental student societies in planning the orientation event.
He chaired several meetings of the Science Society, a faculty effort to bring the departmental societies together to share ideas and collaborate on big projects, such as Everything Science 2012. The committee made recommendations as to how the event should be run and what information new students will need. Most of the more than 30 volunteers who took part in the event were made up of departmental society members.
“New students got to meet members of the different science societies and got an idea of the events and activities they can get involved in right away,” said Mr. Murphy. “At the same time, science societies can have a say in how we are approaching new students and engaging them by providing us with specific ideas for orientation, enthusiastic volunteers for the event and individuals who can instantly relate to these first year students.”
He says the goal is to one day to have the societies run the orientation event on their own, with support from the Dean of Science office, rather than the other way around.
“The challenge there is getting all eight societies to the point where they are organized enough before the summer starts that they can prepare for this event, and able to work closely enough with each other to get the job done. I think we’re nearing that point.”
Dr. Andy Foster, associate dean of Science says Mr. Murphy did a great job last year with the faculty’s first-ever Science orientation, and did good things again this summer.
“This year, we have the benefit of a newly organized Science society, consisting of representatives from each of the departmental societies within the Faculty of Science,” he said. “Its members are providing Ryan and MUCEP student Kayla Hickey with amazing planning suggestions and volunteer support. Everything Science 2012 was a big event for the undergraduate Science community at Memorial.”