About the Pre-Science Program
The EBUS pre-science program offers students an opportunity to take online science 11 and 12 courses and access enriched learning opportunities through the University of Northern BC (UNBC).
Students in the pre-science program will participate in opportunities to learn about new research in the science faculty and post-secondary opportunities in science through a series of virtual “Science Talks”. Students will take part in a three-day field trip to the UNBC (Prince George, BC) in May.
Students will receive 4-credits for the selected science 11 or 12 course upon completion.
The pre-science program is open to both full-time EBUS students and cross-enrolled students. Students interested in attending the UNBC field trip will be required to provide their own transportation to the UNBC campus in Prince George, BC; therefore, participants are typically students living in Northern BC.
When registering for a course, indicate Pre-Science Program on the comments field of the registration form. Students may also contact their EBUS science teacher or academic advisor to be a part of the program.
UNBC Science Talks
EBUS will host a series of “Science Talks” this year as part of the pre-science program. Each session, we are joined by a faculty member or research student from UNBC presenting on the interesting research they are involved in and the variety of pathways that exist in university Science!
Students, come join us to hear more about what you could with a science degree.
2020 Science Talk Schedule and Link
Join us at this link at the scheduled times (use Chrome or Firefox as your browser) https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6d8aa79828ba4cebbc972190d2e7628b
Wed February 19th @ 4:00 pm: Dr. R. Luke Harris
Dr. R. Luke Harris teaches undergraduate and graduate physiology and seminar courses and he is the Project Leader of the Northern BC Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) Research Laboratory.
Luke, his students, and his colleagues use non-invasive instruments in the NIRS Research Lab to study the fundamental properties of muscles and of the nervous system—collectively referred to as the neuromuscular system.
Dr. Harris is interested in understanding how the neuromuscular system adapts to injury and exercise, with particular emphasis placed on respiratory rehabilitation, recovery after brain injuries (for example, concussions and strokes), applications of sports science in both competitive and recreational athletes, and how to better manage ageing- and dementia-associated declines in function and independence.
Wed March 11th @ 4:00 pm: Rachelle van Leeuwen and Kimberley Thomas – History and Health Sciences
About Rachelle: ‘My name is Rachelle van Leeuwen, and I am in my fourth and final year at UNBC. I am a student in the History and English programs and am completing a minor in Political Science. These programs have so many opportunities within them for research opportunities in the forms of grants, scholarships, internships, independent research projects and courses, and more.’
‘I examined in my Undergraduate Research Experience Award the relationships between the Indigenous people of Northern British Columbia, the traders from the Hudson’s Bay Company in New Caledonia, and the missionaries based in Stuart’s Lake (Fort St. James) from the 1880s to the 1910s.’
‘Researching in History is different every day. It involves determination, hard work, curiosity, and imagination. The goal of a historian is not only to track changes through the past, but to think critically about how these people, events, places, laws, and ideas have shaped the present.’
About Kimberley: ‘I am a student of the Master of Health Sciences Program here at the University of Northern British Columbia!
My research aims to promote access to community-based palliative care in rural and remote regions of northern British Columbia. My supervisor is Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, and I work on her team at the Health Arts Research Centre where we use creative, arts-based approaches for addressing health inequities in the north of our province.
Wed April 22nd @ 4:00 pm: Rowan Paulsen – Anthropology
About Rowan: ‘Hello! My name is Rowan Paulsen. I am in my fifth and final year of working to complete my BA with a Major in Anthropology.
My Undergraduate Research Experience, under the supervision of Dr. Michel Bouchard, focused on a digital community of ultra-nationalists and studied how they affirmed concepts of masculinity with internet memes that promoted nationalist sentiments. In Ireland, my Ethnographic Research Project studied the relationship between the Irish national identity and the experiences of Polish people working and living in Ireland.
Wed May 13th @ 4:00 pm: Brendan Carswell – Wildlife and Fisheries/Biology
About Brendan: ‘Hi! My name is Brendan Carswell, and I am a fifth year undergraduate student here at UNBC. I am enrolled in the BSc. Hons. Natural Resource Management program, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries and minoring in general Biology.
I have been fortunate enough to work as a research assistant for many professors on numerous projects, ranging from dendrochronology and forest ecology, to human-wildlife interactions at the Prince George Airport. This past summer I worked as an intern researcher on Haida Gwaii. Later during the summer, I improved my research skills as a student on UNBC’s first marine ecology field school to Baja Mexico.
UNBC Field Trip – May 2020
Students in the pre-science program are invited to attend the 3-day UNBC field trip in the second or third week of May. Students will participate in three jam-packed days of learning and hands-on science labs in university laboratories! Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about research at UNBC and student life on campus.
Field Trip Activities:
- Hands-on Chemistry and Biology labs
- Tour of the NALS lab
- Nature hike through Forest of the World
- Campus tour and opportunities to learn from current students and science faculty
- Opportunity to attend a first-year lecture
- Cinema night
- Fun, team-building activities, and more!
For more information about the Pre-Science Program at EBUS Academy, contact Megan Boniface (firstname.lastname@example.org).