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Getting Involved

Getting involved in co-curricular activities at university is a great way to network, meet new people and learn more about your school. Discover the many ways you can get involved academically and socially on campus as a York Science student.

The Getting Involved section also provides new students with the information they need to be part of an active student club such as the Undergraduate Science Students Association, how to be an active member of a college council or how to attain volunteer positions within the Faculty of Science. Being such an exclusive Faculty means that new Science students are quickly integrated into our tight-knit community.

Bethune College is York University’s Science affiliated college. A significant number of student associations and clubs are provided facilities through Bethune College. Check out a list of the clubs here. Click on the clubs that spark your interest to read more information on the clubs purpose, meetings and members. This is a great way to get involved on campus and meet other students with similar interests.

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at university is by getting involved in extracurricular activities on campus. A great way to do this is to join a club or student organization that you are passionate about, or even establish a new club yourself. Clubs that gain ratification by the York Federation of Students (YFS) and Student Community and Leadership Development (SC&LD), get funding to host great events on and off campus. For a look at all of the registered student associations at York University, login to the  YUConnect student portal and visit the student organizations tab.

Using YU Connect is also a great way to track your extracurricular involvement at York University. Each event you attend or each club you volunteer with awards its members with hours of involvement which get recorded onto your YU Connect.

Find out more information about each association by following the link, and or visiting address the student club office in Bethune College.

Atmospheric Science Club BC114
Bethune Athletic Committee (BAC) BC122
Bethune College Council (BCC) BC122
Biology Society (YUBS) Lumbers 111
Biophysics Club BC104
Canadian Association for Research in Regenerative Medicine (CARRM) BC114
Canadian Immunology Research Association BC114
Chemistry Society CB206
Dental Association BC114A
Let’s Talk Science BC348
Physics Society BC104
Pre-medical Society BC114A
Science Student Caucus BC114A
Student Ombuds Service (SOS) BC208

Bethune College Council

Bethune College Council (BCC) represents all Science students at York University. Their mandate as stated on their official website is: “to dedicate ourselves to the Bethune community in the provision of social and academic programs and services while ensuring we maintain a strong and representative voice within York University.” Visit their website to find out more or contact the BCC. Getting involved in your college’s student council or government is a great way to be an active participant in university and help support causes that are important to you and fellow students.

There are 10 student councils – one at each College.  See the list of the colleges at York University.

Student Caucus

The student caucus consists of thirteen students who are elected to represent the student body on the Science Faculty Council and committees. Faculty Council is a decision making body comprised of faculty members, the dean, staff and students. It is responsible for academic planning and curriculum, restructuring, research, and general proposals. The Student Caucus is focused on:

Bringing a student voice to the FSc Faculty Council
Bringing a student voice to the FSc Faculty committees
Representing the students of the Faculty on the York University Senate

Student Caucus members become members of at least one of the committees of Faculty Council. These committee meetings give the students the opportunity to provide a student perspective on important decisions.

Getting involved in research is a very rewarding experience. You’ll get to know professors and grad students; you’ll enhance your resume; and perhaps most importantly you’ll find connections to course work that make those courses all the more meaningful.

Click here to learn more about research opportunities at York.

Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador program consists of students knowledgeable in the science programs offered at York University. They attend recruitment events to help educate prospective students on the benefits of attending York. Ambassadors attend the Ontario University Fair, high school parent nights, York University’s Fall Campus Day and Spring Open House and hold March Break Tours during high school March Break. They help provide parents and students with answers to their pressing questions and give them a student’s perspective of university life.

Lets Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science is a national organisation with student-run chapters at many universities. They deliver science lessons to mostly younger children in the schools – typically grades 4 to 8. This is a rewarding way to impact the lives of young people.

Channel the Spirit of Dr Norman Bethune

Dr Norman Bethune was a humanitarian who gave of himself both in Canada and abroad. He worked as a labourer-teacher with Frontier College promoting literacy in the North. He volunteered his medical services in Spain and China. He worked for a better world. You can share his spirit of helping others and in the process grow as well. Discover unique opportunities at York University through YU Connect.