Interested in Neuroscience?! Summer Employment Opportunity for Students

Considering graduate studies in Neuroscience? 

The newly founded Hildebrand lab is seeking enthusiastic students interested in using electrophysiological tools to develop new approaches for pain relief and management.

The Hildebrand lab has received external research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Interested students should send their academic transcripts and curriculum vitae
by June 15, 2014 to



Other links:

Summer Job for students: Fraser Valley Conservancy


2 Positions Available to students for the summer!


P4195167APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday May, 18th (midnight)

WHEN: June 2, 2014 to August 22, 2014

RATE: $12 per hour up to 40 hours per week.

APPLY TO: applications@ include a cover letter clearly outlining how you meet the requirements and a resume.

Applicants who meet the criteria for an interview will be contacted by May 19th and interviews will take place the week of May 20th, 2014.


Science student among those recognized at UBC Graduate Students in Nursing Research Symposium

2014 Graduate Student Symposium (May 2, 2014)- Advanced Nursing Practice, presented by the Graduate Students in Nursing Association in partnership with the UBC School of Nursing.


Accomplished presenters ranged from Undergraduate to Doctoral students from Langara College, University of Victoria, Seattle University, UBC, and UFV! The theme was Advancing Nursing Practice however there were presenters from a variety of professions.

Shelley Canning with poster-UBC Nursing symposium 2014
Shelley Canning

Genevieve St. Martin (UFV BSc Biology Major) was the runner up for the oral research presentation.  She gave Shelley some tough competition and really impressed her audience. All three were very engaging and passionate about their work and the judges commented on the impact these three had on advancing nursing practice.

Genevieve was the only undergraduate student selected, out of the 14 oral presenters, to speak at one of the concurrent sessions. Her 15 minute oral presentation was well received by the audience and everyone was extremely impressed by her research, particularly for an undergraduate student.

Scott Ramsay

Congratulations to the winner of the poster presentation, Scott Ramsay (UFV BSc Nursing) and the winner of the oral research presentation, Shelley Canning (UFV Associate Professor, Registered Nursing)!

Several UFV representatives attended in support of the presenters. They were: Maddie Vaughan (Nursing student), Elise St. Martin (History student), James Bedard (Biology Professor), and Angela Bedard (Genetic Counsellor, BCCA).

ABSTRACT: Genevieve St. Martin (UFV BSc Biology Major)

Preparing Nurses for Personalized Medicine and Genetics: An Assessment of Knowledge and Comfort in Undergraduate Nursing Students

Genevieve N.C. St-Martin1, Angela C. Bedard2, JoAnne M. Nelmes3, and James E.J. Bedard1

Genevieve st.martin-2014 nursing symposium
Genevieve St. Martin

1- UFV Biology Department   2- Genetic Counsellor, BC Cancer Agency   3- UFV Nursing Department

It is essential for health care providers to possess basic genetics knowledge in order to provide effective patient care. Previous studies have shown that there is a lack of genetics knowledge for practicing nurses, but few studies have focused on the knowledge and comfort with applying genetic concepts for student nurses. The aim of this study is to measure undergraduate nursing student knowledge of genetic concepts, perceived comfort in applying those concepts to a clinical situation and attitude towards the role of genetics in nursing before and after an education session. The survey tool includes multiple choice questions for genetics knowledge, Likert-type questions for rating comfort with tasks and open ended questions to assess student attitudes. The participants will be divided into a control group and an experimental group and complete the survey at multiple points over a 7 week period determine any significant differences between the two groups and both short and long term learning gains. This interdisciplinary study will serve to promote a better understanding of the competencies and beliefs of nursing students with regards to genetics, and provide the students with genetics resources pertinent to nursing.




Science Orientation Sessions

Bachelor of Science
Computer Information Systems
Engineering Transfer Program

All newly admitted science students for summer and fall 2014 are invited to attend one of the orientation sessions organized by the Science Advice Centre.

RSVP required:

Abbotsford – Room B132

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

When: May 13, May 21, June 5, 2014

Chilliwack – Room A2201

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

When: May 29, 2014



Science Advice Centre
Office D203, Abbotsford Campus


Kidd and Wheeler collaborate on print media project

Original Article on UFV Announce – April 24, 2014

Wheeler-2014Davida Kidd (Visual Arts) and Debbie Wheeler (Biology) recently collaborated on a collograph project.

In Davida’s words:

“This Cyborg Print Media collograph project was one in which we were challenged to create an insect with a mechanical component.  Additionally, a creative story was to take the place of the standard artist’s statement. As part of the research for this project, I met with Dr. Debbie Wheeler, an instructor in the Biology department, for the purpose of getting information and inspiration from the ‘bugs’ in the science lab.

“I took photos of the ones I was most interested in. The huge Malaysian Dead Leaf praying mantis (Deroplatys lobata) was the one that immediately grabbed my attention.  It was huge, as well as having an interesting, almost beautiful sculptural form!

“To integrate this creature with something mechanical, I decided to play off the mantis’ own natural instincts — killing other bugs.  In this case, those ‘bugs’ were computer viruses.  This imaginary partly computerized mantis, which I named “Mike, the Mechanic,” was woven into a short story as a Private Investigator looking for a killer, in the manner of a Mickey Spillane story.  The setting is within a CPU.

On critique day, “Mike the Mechanic” was just one of the many stories in the cyborg city.

Thanks to Dr. Debbie Wheeler for taking the time and effort  to show me around the Entomology department. I presented her with one of the final prints from the edition which was a combination of traditional collograph with digital technology. The background behind the bug was sourced from the scan of a computer motherboard. Mike the Mechanic ( bug) hunts computer viruses!”

Science students among select UFV STANDOUT leaders

The following have been recognized as outstanding UFV student leaders by THE STANDOUT, UFV’s student and alumni leadership magazine

Andrew Alexander

Andrew_Alexander-2014(Biology major, Chemistry minor) has been an excellent UFV student ambassador, excelling academically and participating in many events within the Faculty of Science and UFV at-large. He has been a mentor to many first-year students, is one of two student representatives to the Science Faculty Council and  also represented UFV at the London International Youth Science Forum in 2013. Andrew is graduating this year and is headed to UBC with a prestigious NSERC scholarship.

Ashleigh Yakemchuk

(Science studies) is a Geography student who has taken many science courses and is keen about environmental and sustainability issues. She is a leader as UFV’s sustainability coordinator, “working to improve university awareness of our composting program and on the reduction of plastic water bottle sales on campus” as stated by her nominator Alan Stokes, and works tirelessly to “reduce the carbon foot-print  of UFV”

CISSA (Computer Information Systems Student Association),

Recognized as one of two UFV student organizations that are leaders in our campus. The Student Union nominated them for their work hosting annual charity events including “fundraising event for video-gamers that in 2013 raised more than $2000 for Child’s Play charity”. CISSA-2014CISSA’s mission statement is to “serve students”, providing assistance to CIS students and promoting “community on campus”. President, Elizabeth Klassen and Vice-President Graham St-Eloi received the recognition on behalf of the executive members of CISSA and were quite modest about their achievements.

All in all, the Faculty of Science is proud to have such outstanding students and we congratulate you for your leadership.

Well done to you all, you truly STANDOUT!

Dr. Lucy Lee


LEJ Lee, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Science
University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, BC
604 851 6346

Science grads: book your photo session now!

The Faculty of Science and the UFV Alumni Association are pleased to offer you priority booking and the chance to have a graduate portrait of you and your fellow grads framed together and mounted in your faculty.  This single headshot-composite photography opportunity is free!
Professional photographers from the Artona Group, the official graduation photographer for UFV, will be on campus in May for formal graduate portrait sessions ($15.00 sitting fee)

 Don’t miss this opportunity to become a part of UFV history on the new Faculty of Science Wall of Fame!

Abbotsford Campus

May 22 – 26

Room B121

To view availability of sessions and to book an appointment, follow these steps:

1. Visit Artona Group
2. Click the “BOOK SESSION ” button on the homepage
3. Type in “University of the Fraser Valley”
4. Follow on-screen instructions

 Alumni Membership card photos (free) – While on campus Artona will also be available to take your photo for the new Alumni Association membership cards free of charge. Your membership card gives you access to a variety of great benefits and privileges upon graduation. Drop in anytime – appointments are not necessary. To see our Alumni Association membership benefits visit

Be sure to book your appointment online now at 

Questions about photography? Call Helen at 604-557-4008 or e-mail

Also, don’t miss the UFV Grad Fair, in the Atrium on the Chilliwack CEP campus March 27 11:30am – 1:30pm. Like the Alumni Association Facebook page for more Grad Fair info as it becomes available.  Get answers to all your Convocation questions, order your regalia, learn about the growing number of perks and privileges of being a UFV Alumnus and win prizes too!


Events planned for UFV’s 40th birthday

Happy Birthday UFV!

UFV is turning 40. As we celebrate our history, we also dream of growing innovation locally and beyond. We can only do this together with you. Cake cutting ceremonies are being planned.

Wednesday, April 2

11 am-noon
Mission Campus at Heritage Park
Cake cutting with President Mark Evered at 11am 

33700 Prentis Ave.

12–4 pm
Hope Centre
Cake cutting with President Mark Evered at 1pm
1250 7th Ave.

Friday, April 4th

1:30–4 pm

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Chilliwack campus at Canada
Education Park, 45288 Petawawa Rd.
Cake cutting with President Mark Evered at 1:30pm
The new Agriculture Centre of Excellence officially opens!
Tour the 
facility and join us for refreshments.

2–4 pm
Alumni Hall, Abbotsford Campus
33844 King Rd.
Cake cutting with President Mark Evered at 3pm
Join our Alumni Association to celebrate with cake!
Order your 40th 
Anniversary commemorative wine.

Join the conversation


Maps /directions:

Turtle Research Opportunity for Summer 2014

Seeking Undergraduate Wildlife Conservation Research Assistants for Summer 2014 Western Painted Turtle Surveys

Application Deadline: March 30th, 2014 (Letter of Interest and CV)
Submit to: Dr. Vicki Marlatt (

We are seeking UFV students to assist in two projects studying the endangered Western painted turtles in the lower mainland during the summer of 2014.  Position #1 is suitable for any UFV undergraduate directed studies courses (i.e. Bio 408, 409 or 499) and position #2 is suitable as volunteer research assistant position and/or amenable to UFV undergraduate directed studies courses.  All training is provided and supervised by Dr. Vicki Marlatt (UFV) and Andrea Gielens (Wildlife Biologist, BC Western Painted Recovery Team).

Project #1:  Tracking of Western Painted Turtles Using Radio Telemetry

Position: Wildlife Conservation Research Assistant (in form of UFV directed studies course(s) and/or volunteer), 2 openings

Project Description: 

Position requires work 3 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours a day, excluding driving time. Months of work cover May-end of August, start dates are flexible. Tracking turtles via telemetry is part art and part science. You will use technical equipment to locate turtles outfitted with transmitters and record data on the location and individual. This work is conducted independent of weather, during daylight hours. The timing of the work, morning or afternoon is flexible. The schedule requires one day off between tracking days (i.e. tracking mon/wed/fri or tues/thurs/sat). Students are required to be self-motivating with attention to detail, safety and producing quality work/data. Ability to work well as a small team, communicate with supervisor, and manage/report data is essential. People in the surrounding area are mostly familiar with the project. You will be expected to maintain a courteous manner to all members of the public and explain your project to the best of your ability.

For safety reasons two people must participate in this program together. Interested persons may apply as a pair or will the grouped with a partner. You will need to provide your own transportation to the site, near Deroche, approximately 45 min from UFV. All other equipment will be provided.  Tracking is conducted on land and using a kayak (provided, including all training and safety gear).

Telemetry can be challenging to master at first but students usually grasp the readings and measurements fairly quickly, you will learn to “think like a turtle”. The turtles are often seen basking on hot days and one of the transmittered turtles is particularly friendly. This is a beautiful area, herons, beaver, otter, deer and sometimes bear (from a distance) are seen.

Project #2:   Western Painted Turtle Nest Monitoring

Position: Wildlife Conservation Research Assistant (in form of UFV directed studies course(s) and/or volunteer), multiple openings

Nest monitoring for Western Painted Turtles takes place nightly at Burnaby Lake and Nicomen Slough (45 min from UFV, in Deroche). Monitoring occurs from mid May to early July from approximately 5-midnight, each evening. Monitors walk easily accessible nesting areas looking for female turtles attempting to nest, attempt to identify turtles through shell notch patterns, confirm presence of nest and record data related to the nest (i.e. location, temp, ID of female etc.). This process requires minimal physical effort. Students may volunteer at one or both locations, for as many evenings as they choose.

We do request that you pick one/multiple days to consistently work for ease of planning and coordination. Mosquitos at sites can be persistent, protective insect clothing will be provided and bug spray is recommended (except hands). For safety reasons two people must participate in this program together. If you volunteer as an individual you will be paired with a partner. Burnaby lake site is located in a municipal park while Nicomen Slough site is rural. You will need to provide your own transportation to the site.

Students are required to be self-motivating with attention to detail, safety and producing quality work/data. Ability to work well as a small team, communicate with supervisor, and manage/report data is essential. People in the surrounding area are mostly familiar with the project. You will be expected to maintain a courteous manner to all members of the public and explain your project to the best of your ability.

Volunteer Opportunity – Judges for Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair

Every year UFV hosts the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair where 200+ projects from students in grades K- 12 are presented and judged.   To host the event requires 100s of hours of volunteer time over the 3 day period of the fair (April 1, 2, and 3)  to help set up and take down the fair, provide hands on activities for visiting students  and to judge the projects.

If you can volunteer for an hour or two please sign up at the following link with the times you are available.

If you are interested in judging the projects (no experience required) you must be available from either 1 – 3 (divisional judging) or from 2:30 – 4:30 (special awards judging) on Wednesday April 2.

Details on judging can be found at the following site

To sign up as a judges click on following link and follow the instructions.

If you have questions about either judging of volunteering please to contact Ron Wilen (