Who are we?
We are the students and we represent YOU. The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science is comprised of nearly 3000 students. The Faculty of Science Students’ Association is a group of science students that hope to provide a diverse and enlightening experience to the Laurier Science Community. How? We plan on enhancing the university experience for all students officially registered in the programs offered by the Faculty of Science, including you! FOSSA will provide activities, information and services to enhance the educational, cultural, environmental and social conditions of its members throughout the year. Check the website for updates. We also hope to serve as a liaison between the various affiliated student clubs in the Faculty of Science and the Students’ Union.
The Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA) has a long and rich history. In 1995, the student in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Computing, and Psychology of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) approved a voluntary student contribution program called Science and Technology Endowment Program (STEP) a precursor to the Association. The program was incoherent with the opening of the new Science Building on the corner of King Street and Bricker Avenue. This program was designed to enhance the educational experience and opportunities of undergraduate students in these areas. STEP’s primary purpose was to help increase awareness of the science programs offered at Laurier to prospective employers and to the community in general. By increasing the profile of Science at Laurier makes the degree of individual students more valuable when they graduate. STEP was a significant participant in making technologies available to the science programs which would not be provided through other means. STEP played a major role in increasing the technological resources in the science area of the University and in improving academic quality. For each academic year STEP existed, half of the contributions go into the endowment fund and the other half is used to enhance the Science programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. This second portion helps purchase equipment for general use and for instructional use in each of the four departments. It is also used for activities which are educational, but also designed to increase awareness of the Science programs at WLU. A primary example of where the money was spent was the STEP Lecture Series.
The program is administered by STEP Council which is a committee of undergraduate students and non-voting faculty advisors. STEP Council is responsible for deciding how the available funds will be used in any given year. The composition of the Council includes two undergraduate student representatives and one faculty advisor from each of the four participating departments. The Council is chaired by a student in a program which is not one of those offered in the participating departments. The remaining councillors, the Associate Dean (Science), serve non-voting advisory roles.
In 2008, the students of Wilfrid Laurier University on the Waterloo Campus approved the Faculty Based Fee. This fee replaced the voluntary student contribution program, STEP, in 2009 with a mandatory one. The Faculty of Science Students’ Association was created by the STEP Council to replace its place. The Association not only took up STEP’s previous mandate; it also now provide support for Science Clubs and place a more active representative role for the Faculty of Science students which had been enlarged with Department of Kinesiology, and Mathematics over the previous years.
The Faculty of Science Students’ Association provides financial resources for clubs, activities, events, research projects and equipment endowment pertaining to the Laurier Science Community.
Meet the team
Prem Nichani, a second year Health Sciences student, is committed to making your experience at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Faculty of Science a memorable 3, 4, or 5 years. In his spare time, he enjoys DJing, website design, reading John Grisham novels, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Salina Mehari is a second year Health Sciences student who is dedicated in facilitating a sense of community for all students in the Faculty of Science. Salina is also involved with SURO and in her spare time enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and is a self-proclaimed sports aficionado.
Anidip is a 4th year Biology & Psychology major pursuing his interest in life sciences and healthcare. Outside of classroom he is active as a community volunteer, a residence life don and a passionate student leader. Anidip enjoys spending time travelling, doing photography, playing cricket and catching up with friends.
Joanne has been an active and passionate student on campus throughout her years at Laurier. She was previously a constituency rep on FOSSA, an ERT responder, an SOS tutor and a hard working student! Now on her way to finish her fourth year majoring in Biochemistry, she is also the LCA VP of Finance. She enjoys painting and the outdoors: camping, canoe trips, road trips!
Sujaay is an aspiring 3rd year Health Sciences student who finds pleasure in playing water-polo, dancing, volunteering, and good times with family and friends. Whether you have ideas to make Laurier better, have questions about Students' Union, or just need advice with school, Sujaay's your guy.