The Science Student Success Centre helps all undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science define and achieve their academic, career, and social goals.
The Science Student Success Centre is the student hub of the Faculty of Science. It connects students with each other, with faculty and staff, and with professionals who have careers related to degree programs in the Faculty of Science. At the core of the SSSC is the belief that a positive university experience is deeply rooted in developing strong one-on-one relationships and continuing successes. All programming in the SSSC is designed to encourage relationship building and personal growth through the sharing of knowledge. Peer mentoring is the primary vehicle that the SSSC uses to accomplish the collective transference of knowledge and skills from one Faculty of Science student to another.
The SSSC fills gaps in support for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science by actively listening to students, faculty, staff, and the SSSC student volunteer team, and then creating and maintaining programming that addresses the specific needs of Faculty of Science students. By utilizing its location in the Faculty of Science, the SSSC continuously evolves and anticipates the needs of students to provide timely, up-to-date support.
The SSSC team is built upon a volunteer funding model where staff employees and student volunteers function as a single unit. Top students in the Faculty of Science join the SSSC team and are held to the highest possible standards of professionalism and integrity. Student team members are challenged to accept ownership of the SSSC – to take creative risks, collaborate, lead, and push their limits in order to positively impact the lives of individuals and the Faculty of Science community as a whole.
The SSSC Strategic Plan (17/18): Supporting Science Students in Achieving Their Goals outlines the SSSC's goals and activities for the upcoming years.
The Science Student Success Centre is dedicated to bring you timely workshops for general and course-specific Science needs. We offer workshops such as:
- Excel Tips and Tricks
- How to Succeed in Math
- How to Write a Biology Lab Report
- How to Write a Chemistry Lab Report
- How to Write a Physics Lab Report
- Preparing for Science Exams
Besides offering workshops, we also provide course-specific one-on-one and small group support. While we do not provide tutoring in computer science, math or science, students can meet with one of our mentors to discuss strategies on how to approach the subject material, ways to study for specific subject areas and specific classes, and general tips on how to format a lab report properly.
We also offer study groups for some Faculty of Science courses that do not have PASS sessions. These sessions are organized by SSSC volunteers and are open to anyone taking the course. While the SSSC volunteers may help other students study during these sessions, they are not required to take on the role of a facilitator. These study groups provide a relaxed atmosphere where students can meet and invest in their own learning.
Academic Services the SSSC Does Not Provide
The Science Student Success Centre does not provide tutoring or academic advising. For general academic advising (questions about changing majors, how to read your audit, etc.), visit Student Academic and Career Development Services. For major specific academic advising (choosing courses, degree requirements, etc.), please see your departmental advisor.
Whether you want to work for a high tech. company, attend medical school, become a researcher, or own your own business, the SSSC can help you understand your options. We provide opportunities for students in the Faculty of Science to explore career options and network with professionals through networking events, workshops and one-on-one support with upper-year mentors.
We offer workshops on:
- Applying to Graduate School
- Finding the Right Honours Thesis Supervisor
- Getting Into Research
Science Lab Tour Week
In 2014-2015 the SSSC offered the first annual Lab Tour Week. We contact professors and ask them to open their lab to students and give tours at least once during the week in order to connect students with the amazing research done at Carleton. The event was a huge success and doubled in size in January 2016 to include 22 professors!
Science Networking Forum
The SSSC holds the Science Networking Forum each winter. Professionals from a variety of fields are invited to participate in a "speed dating" event where students have a chance to meet and network with multiple professionals throughout the evening. Professionals talk about their education, their backgrounds, their career paths and how to enter their particular field. This casual environment allows students to freely ask questions and feel comfortable exploring possible future career paths.
Science Student Alumni Mixer
The SSSC is involved in holding an annual Science Alumni Mixer during Homecoming week. At the event, students speak with Carleton alumni to gain insights into a variety of career paths and make connections to help further their own career goals.
The Health Care Team is responsible for providing information and support to students interested in pursuing professions in health care (optometry, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, chiropratoric, physiotherapy, etc.). Students are invited to ask the team members questions regarding admission into professional colleges and medical school, MCAT exam preparation, personal interview preparations, volunteer opportunities, and research internships. Many events are offered cooperatively with the Carleton University Pre-Medical Society in order to offer additional opportunities to learn more about options in a professional program.
The Health Care Team also offers a wide range of activities, workshops and events to help students prepare for applying to professional schools. They keep the Health Care Resources section of the SSSC website updated with the latest information on considering and entering health-related professions.
Health Care Workshops
The Health Care Team offers a wide variety of workshops of each year to help students prepare for applying to medical school. They also bring in guest speakers to talk about medical school options and the application process. Workshops include:
- Getting Into Medical School: The Basics
- Getting Into Medical School: Extracurricular Activities
- Getting Into Medical School: The Character Sketch
- Getting Into Medical School: MCAT Preparation
- Getting Into Medical School: MMI Prep
- Kaplan: MCAT Preparation
- Prep 101: MCAT Preparation
- University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS), St. Kitts Information Session
Each fall, the Science Student Success Centre hosts its annual Med Night, at which students interested in a career in health care can gather information about potential future paths.
The format of the event resembles "speed dating," and student participants move through a series of tables, each manned by industry professionals such as doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospital administrators, and current medical students. At each table, students can gain insight into possible careers in the medical field. They can also ask questions about the pros and cons of attending different medical schools, the medical school application process and key differences between possible specialties and fields of expertise.
Throughout Med Night, there is also an ongoing ‘mini-fair’ in an adjacent space where students can find out about student organizations, volunteer opportunities, medical schools, and professional services available to students interested in medicine.
Multiple Mini Interview Practice Session
The majority of Canadian medical schools use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format for interviews to gain admission to their schools. Each year the SSSC offers the MMI Practice Session to allow students to experience this format and prepare for real interviews. Interview questions are taken from medical school interviews from previous years and current medical students who have gone through the process in recent years are asked to help conduct the event. Professionals, current students and SSSC mentors administer the questions and offer feedback to participants This is done to ensure that at the end of each question and answer period the students are able to reflect upon and improve their interview skills.
Each year the SSSC team organizes a variety of activities in which all Faculty of Science students can participate.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
For the past two years, the SSSC participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. All students were invited to help pick up debris along the river on Carleton's campus. Over 20 students attended each year, including a group from the Eco Floor, a themed community in Carleton's residence halls.
Design Your Lab Coat
The SSSC partners with the Carleton University Biology Society to offer an event where students can bring their plain lab coats and turn them into the envy of their labmates by adding spray paint, iron-on transfers and pictures.
The SSSC sponsors ski trips each winter semester. All students are invited to sign up and receive the discounted group rate once registration opens. Groups are picked up by bus at Carleton on a Friday afternoon and spend the evening skiing and snowboarding (location to be decided). At the end of the evening, the bus returns everyone to campus. This year the trips are on Friday January 27th and Friday February 10th. Tickets will be on sale in the SSSC up until 8 days before the trip takes place.
During Science Spirit Week in September, a campus wide Wizarding Theemed scavenger hunt will take place for all First Year students. Not only will you learn all the best spots on campus to help you succeed but you'll also be competing for a Science Survival Kit!
Math Matters is a specially designed one week math refresher course for first-year students entering degree programs at Carleton with a math component. Having a strong base of mathematics knowledge and knowing study techniques to approach the subject material are essential in first-year university math. Math Matters ensures that students have the building blocks they need to participate and succeed in math-intensive university programs.
Is Math Matters for you?
Over the course of the week, you will have the opportunity to revisit and review key math concepts related to your field, learn from a university math instructor, get tips and strategies for success on studying math in university, and meet new people. Math Matters covers and reviews topics like:
- Algebra (basic algebra, intervals, and simplifying algebraic expressions);
- Equations (solving equations and inequalities, special formulas);
- Transcendental functions; and
We suggest that you register for Math Matters if your high school calculus grade is below 80 percent or if high school calculus was recommended for admissions into your program but you did not take that course.
Throughout Math Matters, lectures and tutorials are divided by faculty, giving students the opportunity to review material relevant to their degree program, learn about resources available to their specific faculty, and meet study partners for the fall semester. Students are taught by some of the best instructors who teach university math courses in their faculty and also participate in study groups with no more than thirty students after each lecture. Each study group is led by a high-achieving Carleton student from that particular faculty. Study group leaders are hand-picked from each faculty for their strength in math, ability to explain difficult math concepts, proven experience tutoring and facilitating small groups, and passion for helping other students succeed.
Please visit the Math Matters Website for more information.
SSSC mentors work with students on an individual basis or in small groups to help them define and achieve their academic, career and social goals. The average mentor in the SSSC has a CGPA of 10.8 out of 12.0 (pretty much straight As!) and has lots of involvement both on and off campus. Mentors help guide students who are at all levels of academic standing to first figure out what goals they would like to achieve, and then give them the knowledge they need to reach their goals. They maintain an excellent knowledge of the services available to support students both on and off campus and are able to connect students with the resources that best suit their needs.
Our mentors can:
- Improve your academic performance by enhancing your goal setting, lab writing, note taking, researching, test taking, and time management skills
- Give you tips about calculating your grades and focusing your attention on assignments worth larger portions of your marks
- Talk to you about options and requirements for attending professional schools after graduation (such as medical and dental schools)
- Connect you to research opportunities on and off campus
- Show you volunteer opportunities related to Science
- Discuss ways to get involved in Science and non-Science related clubs and activities
View Meet Our Mentors to choose your mentor or stop by the SSSC to get matched up in person!
Early Warning Initiative
The SSSC takes a proactive role in helping all first-year students succeed in computer science, math, and science courses. Now in its eighth year, SSSC Early Warning Initiative helps students struggling in first-year Faculty of Science courses at mid-terms and at the end of each term to find guidance and support.
At the mid-point of each term, we contact all first-year students who are currently receiving a 60% or less in a Faculty of Science course and offer them an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a mentor to discuss ways in which to improve their performance in the future. Topics covered in the mentoring sessions include time management, which course components to focus more time on, how to better prepare for tests and exams, and where to go on campus for additional support.
At the end of each term, we contact all first-year Faculty of Science students who have a CGPA of 60% or below. Again, students are encouraged to take advantage of the one-on-one mentoring program offered in the SSSC where they can meet individually with a trained upper-year student, who can offer advice and tips.
SSSC Summer Matchup
SSSC Summer Matchup pairs incoming incoming first-year students in the Faculty of Science with an upper-year mentor in the summer before their first year of study at Carleton. The mentors contact incoming students in the summer and stay in touch with them throughout the school year to help them transition to Carleton more easily. Mentors answer questions about what it is like to be a Science student, the major differences between high school and university, where to get assistance with choosing and registering for classes, and how to get involved in activities after arriving on campus.
Summer Matchup began in the summer of 2014 and over 80 incoming Faculty of Science students were a part of the program. In 2015 the number of participants rose to 160.
Are you a First Generation Student?
First Generation Students are students whose parents have not attended and/or graduated from post-secondary education (college or university) or those who have not attended and/or graduated in Canada.
As a first generation student, you will most likely face difficulties that others in your family are unfamiliar with, but the staff at the Science Student Success Centre will do their best to help you succeed. We offer academic workshops, research sessions, study groups and networking events to help guide you to your academic acheivement. We will also match you with a trained upper-year mentor within the Faculty of Science from the beginning of the term, who can guide you through the university experience and help you learn about academic expectations. Your mentor will meet with you individually at the beginning of the year to develop a customized study schedule for you.