Succeed in science  

What do you need to succeed in the Sciences?

How to succeed in the Sciences

We could provide a list that goes on for pages, but here are our five main recommendations:

1. Learn time management skills.  If you think you have them, get a refresher just in case there are new ideas that will work better with a university course load.  Good starting points are the Time Management Worksheet available from your advisor and the Time Management workshops offered throughout the term in the Student Learning Commons.

2. Do all your homework. Science continually builds on itself, and if you ignore or do not put quality effort into the foundation, what you are "building" will collapse.

3. Network. Attend the co-curricular events put on by various university departments. 

  • Professional Panels/Career Nights are sometimes advertised and take up to two hours out of your entire term and allow you to converse one-on-one with real people in real science jobs
  • Become a fan of the Science Year One Facebook page
  • Join student clubs - there are many to choose from
  • Participate in various volunteer opportunities provided by Student Life.

4. Co-op. Co-operative Education is a great way to get work experience in a particular field of science. This has several benefits:

  • Helps you decide if you actually want to do this job for the rest of your life
  • A back-up plan if you don't get into your professional program of choice
  • More networking opportunities
  • Real-world life and work experience

5. Communicate. Talk to your professors in their office hours and in the open lab. They don't bite - you might think they will, but we have not had to call First Aid yet.  Get to know your fellow classmates. They don't bite either.  

Networking opportunities  

Science Undergraduate Society

The Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) is a student run organization that aims to further academic and social engagement within the faculty of science. Visit the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) for more information.     

SFU Student Society clubs

The SFSS has a wide range of clubs for many potential interests and disciplines. See their full range of active clubs or learn how to start a new one. Examples of current/past clubs which may be of interest to Science students:

  • Astronomy
  • Science Connection
  • Phi Delta Epsilon
  • Partners in Health Canada
  • Exercise is Medicine SFU
  • Doctrina Health Society
  • Crohn's and Colitis Canada
  • 25toLife
  • Surrey Campus Committee
  • Pre-Med Society - SFU
  • Pre-Optometry Society - SFU
  • Pre-Pharm Society - SFU
  • SFU Pre-Dental Society
  • Red Cross Club - SFU
  • Satellite Design Club
  • SFU Blood for Life
  • SFU Canadian Cancer Society
  • SFU Networking Club (SFUNC)
  • SFU Peer Tutors
  • SFU Sports Analytics Club
  • Stress Reliever Club (SRC)
  • Undecided Majors
  • Wildlife Conservation - SFU
  • Women in STEM