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Science Student Ambassadors (SSA)

Who are we?

A student-based, Science ambassadorship program that educates the external community about the Faculty of Science at York University.

The Student Ambassadors are passionate about their time at York, and are willing to share it with others. As ambassadors we attend recruitment events like the Ontario University Fair to help educate prospective students on the benefits of attending York, including but not limited to, the academic and social services as well as unique opportunities offered by York. We are there to provide parents and students with answers to pressing questions and give them a student’s perspective of life at York University.

The SSA team consists of students from second to fourth year (or higher) from the many degree programs within the Faculty of Science. Our Ambassadors are equipped with more than proficient communication skills and each with their own unique experiences. Combined with their drive to help others, the SSA team make up the ideal leaders to relay helpful information on behalf of the Faculty of Science to the non-York community.

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

"I became a student ambassador because… my experience at York has been very rewarding and fulfilling, and I want to use my platform as a student ambassador to help other prospective students experience the wonders at York. My transition from High School to University was made effortless through continuous support from upper years and staff, and I would like to share my experiences to help others transition effortlessly as well."

- Aleeza Q

Click here to meet more of our Student Ambassadors

Science student posing against a wall outside

What are we about?

  • Creating an open environment that facilitates communication between prospective students and York University Science programs
  • Providing information regarding the application process, various academic programs, and support services available at Bethune College and York University
  • Sharing personal experiences with prospective students and advocating the benefits of attending York University

The Student Ambassador Application is currently closed.

FAQs

A wide variety of recruitment events require the help of the SSAs. Some occur once or twice a year such as the Ontario University Fair and Open Houses, while others occur throughout each term such as Explore Science and Science Tours. A full list of events can be found here. Click here to learn more about the events that SSAs volunteer at.

No. However, SSAs are required to attend a minimum of one event per semester. There is also a reward system for SSAs wherein each event and how long you volunteer for at that event will gain you points, which you may redeem later for rewards ranging from York Science water bottles and sweatshirts to letters of achievement from the Dean’s office. The list of events with the point system can be found here.

You will receive regular emails throughout the term from the Science Recruitment Officer or Assistant. They will inform you of upcoming events weeks in advance, providing you with forms or Google Sheets in which you can register as an SSA for that specific event.

You can apply during the recruitment season (beginning May 2020) by submitting an application, which will be reviewed by the Science Recruitment Coordinator. If accepted, you are required to participate in volunteering, as this will ensure your position in the SSA program. 

You can enhance your communication and public speaking skills, network with peers and faculty within the York community, develop transferable leadership and responsibility skills, and simply have fun while being an incredibly useful asset in recruitment for York.

There is a short training day that new SSAs will be required to attend. This is will take place prior to the start of the Fall term (the Ontario University Fair in September will be a great start to put your skills to use!).