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Magazine of the Waterloo Science & Business Program

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Advice, Opinions and Reflections



I choose...


The Year in Pictures


The project that truly left an impression By: Prashanth Gopalan


If you say so

First class opinions from those who know best




Three in One

A program overview of the three sectors of Science and Business


Quote Worthy


First Year Firsts and Lasts

Cases of life and death, You might be able to relate to a few of these memories. By: Tyron Telang


First Sights of Fusion

From the eyes of the newcomers By: Sharon Ng


Thanks UW

A university reflection just before convocation By: Stephanie Bell


What would you choose?

Telling stories of Science and Business through pictures

Everything and anything there is to know about surviving the rest of your university career

Quotes from the editorial group of 2009

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Director’s Letter

“ This magazine was created to hear what our students have to say about the program and their progress through it.�


eeping with the trend of firsts, this 7th edition of is the first Student Digest Issue produced by the magazine of the Waterloo Science and Business program. This magazine was created to hear what our students have to say about the program and their progress through it. Since this issue is comprised of many first time experiences, it was only appropriate to focus our attention to our newest additions to the Science and Business family. Three of our first year students provided the articles for the issue, each explaining a different experience within their first year of university and the Science and Business program. During the past year, some of our first year students participated in affiliated business competitions, allowing them to utilize their knowledge of business planning and entrepreneurship which is introduced in our courses, especially our workshops. This year also introduced our first year students to our annual Science and Business conference, entitled Fusion: The Economy of the Future. This event provided students with the opportunity to listen, network, and engage in discussions pertaining to the economy, careers, and academics with various business executives and alumni.

Our upper year students act as mentors in this issue, by offering advice and stories focusing on their experiences within the program. Studying abroad, getting involved in our student groups and government and co-op experiences are some of the topics that are highlighted in this issue, as a means of informing students about what Science and Business has to offer. We invite you to meet our students through these archives, and learn how these opportunities and experiences have benefited them as they make their way through the SciBus Program. We wish to thank all of the students and staff members who contributed to this issue of We hope that this issue will be entertaining to read, and allow you to reflect upon your time and experiences in the Science and Business program.

Professor Owen Ward Co-Editor, Science and Business Program Director

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From the Editor

The Beauty of Firsts


f we think about it, first experiences signify a lot in our lives. Your first time tying your shoe laces, first day of high school, driving your first car, and your first relationship usually have a huge impact on your life. Some of us find ourselves reminiscing about our first time experiences with friends, families and sometimes complete strangers. Whether we like to admit it or not, these are some of the major turning points in our lives that can certainly have an impact on whom we are as people. This issue of is all about first-time experiences, through the eyes of those who have recently experienced them. Focusing on the experiences from a first-year’s perspective allows readers to think back to their first- year university experiences and appreciate the differences or similarities, if any. Upper-year Science and Business students also talk about their experiences within the program and voice their advice and opinions, with a view to aiding the transition into the upper years.


Even though this is not the first issue but rather the 7th, some aspects are new. This is the first issue to be published only over the internet, and for the first time an editorial group of first-year students was assembled to help with its creation. As a team, the group and I developed and created this magazine with the goal of encouraging reflection on the experiences of the past year. The vital role played by this young and energetic editorial group is greatly appreciated. This project was an enjoyable and interesting new experience for me. I wish to thank all of the students and staff members who helped create this work. To our readers, I hope you enjoy the magazine and take some time to reminisce about the various firsts in your lives.

Simone Palombi Science and Business 2B Layout Producer, Co-Editor

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First Year Firsts and Lasts Written by Tyron Telang First Year Science and Business student; Biotechnology Specialization


unch hour turned into lunch at the SLC (Student Life Centre) with friends, the walls of a 30 student classroom turned into the walls of a 500-student theatre, home turned into a 1379-student residence, school dances turned into bomber night, teachers turned into professors, friends turned into roommates, 20% final exam turned into 50% finals, and the drive to school turned into a walk across campus…but wait…when did this all happen? Sooner or later, it hits us all; that this is what first year at Waterloo is all about! This time last year, we were expecting offers of admission from universities, while others were accepting them. Accepting those offers of admission, and surviving up to this point is what got us here. Now we are beginning to realize that first year as a Science and Business student at Waterloo is more than a program, it’s an experience.

For many of us this is our first time at university, and along with that comes a variety of first experiences that we will never forget. The first day on campus was spent moving into residence, trying to remember your floormates names, coping with leaving the dog, and the parents of course. The first meals in residence were adventurous, exciting and what made it even better was the 50% discount. The first week on campus was jam-packed with fun events, making friends and trying to remember all those leaders’ names. During Orientation week, I had the wonderful pleasure of being on the Sulphuric Sponges team where we fought hard to win a congeniality award. Looking back on it months later, I never thought that I would ever find myself talking about Sulphuric Sponges for more than a week. I guess this experience qualifies as another first year first which I will never forget.

Did that really happen? 2008 and 2009 worldwide firsts in Science and Business

DNA molecule to consist almost entirely of synthetic parts 2008: first beam in the Large Hadron Collider was successfully steered around the world’s most powerful 2008: first


particle accelerator2

worldwide economic contraction for the first time in 60 years 2009: first laboratory robot to have discovered new scientific knowledge independently of its human creators 2009: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announces the closure of the National Bank of Commerce in Berkeley, IL; a first for the year.

2009: International Monetary Fund states a


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The first month of university was all about asking questions and learning the ways of a new life. It was during this month that most of us finally learned the difference between: meal-plan and flex dollars, RCH (Rod Coutts Hall) and SCH (South Campus Hall) and DC (Davis Center) and DP (Dana Porter). By the end of the month, we were reluctant to accept the true fact that UW-ACE would inevitably control the next 4 years of our lives.

“ The point of this is that upper-year students wish they were in first year, the current frosh wish first year would never end, and the new frosh wish first year would arrive sooner.” The first all-nighter is one we as first-year Science and Business students can remember vividly and share as a group. We were all, most likely, finishing one of our Science and Business company assignments, with hopes of passing with flying colours. Next, came the first set of midterms, and what a surprise those were. Some turned out well while others proved to be a better wake-up call than the alarm clock in the morning. Finally, let’s not forget about not going to our first missed class. Whether you slept in, got lost, were “sick”, or forgot to go, we’ve all had justifiable reasons for skipping our first class. Progressing through all of these first-year experiences is just another part of the university journey. When we graduate in 2013, we should be able to look back on our first year and remember classic memories, and as a result, now’s the time to ensure that happens.

Out for dinner with some friends

Second term has arrived and as it comes to an end, so do the memories of first year. Some of the lasts of first year will take place in a couple of weeks, but the memories will be with us for a long time to come. Hopefully, this inspires everyone to make the most of their first-year experience. The point of this is that upper-year students wish they were in first year, the current frosh wish first year would never end, and the new frosh wish first year, would arrive sooner. No matter what anyone tells you, or how vividly one describes their first year, it’s just one of those “learn-from-experience” kinds of things.

All in the Numbers What better way is there to be exact?


International Students in Science and Business


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Average number of minutes for a first year Science and Business Presentation


First year University of Waterloo students

2008-2009 University of Waterloo applicants 2008-2009 Science and Business applicants Average distance in meters to a Tim Horton’s from the center of campus First year science students at the University of Waterloo Number of total goals scored by the Science and Business indoor soccer team


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I choose... What or whom would you choose if you were asked these questions

Question: If you had the choice to have any celebrity, athlete, politician or famous person

substitute for one Science and Business workshop, whom would you choose?

...Kofi Annan Ghanaian diplomat

...Your choice would be....

Sachin Mathew 1B Science and Business ...Will Farrell actor Stacey Goldman ...Michael McCain, 2B Science and Business CEO of Maple Leaf Foods

...Vince Vaughan actor Sean Elliott 2A Science and Business

Natalie Koay

2A Science and Business

Question: If you were stranded for one night on campus (excluding residences) which

classroom, library or building would you sleep in?

...Math and Computing Building Michael Smallman

1B Science and Business ...Davis Center library Lisa Nguyen 4A Science and Business

Dana Porter library.... it’s so nice, new, very clean, and incredible quiet Navena Swaminathan 1B Science and Business

Question: What should UW provide free for every student? (other than tuition)

Some free time. I’d like that a lot... Ekta Bibra 1B Biotechnology and Economics

...what would you want?

...A rock-climbing wall

UW sweater, or at least a T-shirt

Lee Watson, 3A Science and Business

Melanie Schmedt 2B Science and Business

Question: Describe the Science and Business program in one word Demanding Hanna Orford 1B Science and Business

Cutting-Edge Jay Athia 4B Biotechnology and Economics Encompassing Brandon Wong

3A Science and Business


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Hurdles Written by Prashanth Gopalan First Year Science and Business student; Biotechnology Specialization


hat feeling again. You never know when it’s going to hit you, but when it does, you know its there. What am I talking about? Rewind. We were sitting in the Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology office. “We” were a group of first-year Science and Business/BiotechEconomics students waiting in the holding room of the CBET school affiliated with the University of Waterloo, in anticipation of meeting our judges. But I haven’t yet explained why we were waiting. Alright, flashback.

minded, eager and to say the least, entrepreneurial, students gathered to showcase their ideas for a novel product or service that they would like CBET to evaluate.

“ Although the particular definition of this ambiguous phrase eludes me, I believe it has something to do with dropping our textbooks from time to time and signing up for sports teams, clubs and/or competitions.”

The four of us, Tharsan Gengeswaran, Mark Fernandes, Arthur Goldstein, and myself were (and at heart, will still be), first-year students in the Science and Business program at the University of Waterloo. Fresh from the successes of high school, we were eager to make the most of our university experience, just as we were told to do by hordes of university students, parents, teachers and peers. One key ingredient of the aforementioned “university experience” entailed “getting involved” with the university. Although the particular definition of this ambiguous phrase eludes me, I believe it has something to do with dropping our textbooks from time to time and signing up for sports teams, clubs and/or competitions. Fine.

Our innovation took the form of a bioluminescent light bulb, which simply put, meant that a certain type of bacterium, when contained within a fluorescent tube light case and fed the appropriate amounts of oxygen and nutrients, would emit natural, white light. In fact, we had already tested our idea as part of a group project required for the completion of one of our business courses. Fresh from that success, we were ready to show CBET, and indeed the world, our capabilities.

Our particular interpretation of this linguistic loophole was to sign up for the CBET Entrepreneurship Challenge, where around half a dozen teams of like-

Which brings us back to that feeling I was talking about earlier. I believe I was staring at the wavy wallpaper patterns in the holding the room, with

“Science and Business provides its students with something different, the opportunity to be educated in two very prominent sectors of human life. ” Alyyah Thawer 1B Science and Business

The presentation started off well, we went through it just as we had practiced, highlighting the product outline as well as the ideas behind it. Then the questions came hard and fast. The businessmen responded to the best of their abilities. Do you have a prototype? How much will this cost to manufacture? Have you thought of patenting the idea? Have you made sure you haven’t stolen the idea from someone else? How will you grow and culture the bacteria? What are the expenses for laboratory, transportation and manufacturing? And so on. The businessmen were fast losing their confidence. Question by question, their outer veneers were slowly slipping away, leaving four nervous firstyear students behind. We were able to answer a few questions straight away. Some we struggled with, and with others we simply had no clue whatsoever of the answers. But what was clear was that we had seriously underestimated the standards expected of us. We were told that we had not planned our idea properly, we had no credible financial data to back the idea and that unless we seriously improve upon the idea, we were told that we would not be able to sell the concept to any potential investor.



I still remember that day. In went the confident businessmen. Out came the tired students. But it was worth the experience.

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that sinking feeling one gets right before a big presentation, when the secretary called us in to meet the judges. I still remember their professions; an intellectual property analyst, a fresh grad from CBET, the Director of CBET, an economics professor, a mechanical engineer, and four confident businessmen.

Without it, we would never have learned how to handle ourselves during a cross-examination of business ideas. We would never have learned to handle ourselves under pressure, and we certainly would never have learned to improve our presentation skills and communication abilities. Lastly, we would never have understood the expectations of these evaluators had we not been grilled first-hand. Altogether, it was an unpleasant, but necessary experience, it was indeed one that I am grateful for.

“I still remember that day. In went the confident businessmen. Out came the tired students. But it was worth the experience.” Many students are encouraged to “make the most of their university experience”, but what’s unnecessarily omitted from such motivational sayings are words of caution against expecting the “university experience” to be smooth-sailing. Only those who come to grips with failure can be expected to raise their standards and strive to constantly improve their experiences.

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology The Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) is the first graduate business program of its kind. Offered by the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo, MBET is specifically designed to address the need for more innovators. MBET provides the critical business skills and the network you need to guide innovative ideas along the road to commercial success.

MBET enables you to explore, inspire, and transform Canada’s next generation of successful businesses.

* where ideas come to life

CBET Entrepreneurial Challenge is especially for University of Waterloo students and normally takes place in November.

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First Sights of Fusion Written by Sharon Ng First Year Science and Business student: Biology Specialization


he Science and Business program at the University of Waterloo combines a scientific outlook with business methodologies – creating outstanding highly soughtafter graduates for the workforce. An annual student-led initiative is the Science and Business Conference. The fifth annual Science and Business Conference titled Fusion: The Economy of the Future was held at Rod Coutts Hall on Saturday, March 21, 2009. The conference brought together business professionals, scientists, educators, researchers, alumni and students in a lively atmosphere of debate and discussion. Sessions regarding current science, technology and business trends were presented, discussed and evaluated. Throughout the course of the day, many exciting events occurred. The first was the ceremonial signing of the Dalhousie Corporate Residency MBA/Waterloo Science and Business Partnership Agreement. Symposia were held to discuss Science and Technology Futures, the Challenges of Adapting to a New Economy, and there were various Alumni Sessions. The Employer Exposition featured over ten vendors – giving delegates the chance to network with potential employers. The OpenText Case Study provided students with the opportunity to work cooperatively to investigate a contemporary issue in a reallife context.

An Overview of Fusion Symposium 1: Science and Technology Futures Speakers: Dr. Jake Thiessen: A Vision of the Future of Medical Services Mike Lees: Clean Technologies for a Sustainable Future Iain Klugman: The Importance of an Informal Education Dr. David Wheeler: Management Opportunities in a TechBased Economy

Symposium 2: Open Text Case Study Groups of students worked cooperatively to investigate a contemporary issue in a real life context. Proposal presentations were made at the end of the day and were judged by a group of Open Text executives.

Employer Exposition Lunch hour devoted to delegates networking with potential employers representing various companies in Canada.


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“Fusion was an excellent representation of how the disciplines of Science and Business can be integrated.”

Symposium 3: Challenges of Adapting to a New Economy Speakers: Mike Fredericks: Succeeding in a Diverse Industry Dr. Owen Ward: Work in 2020: Will it Be What You Know or What you Can Do? Elisabeth Adrian: Ready for Success Catherine Gerhard: Waterloo Region’s Economic Growth Engines

Symposium 4: Alumni Session Speakers: Latif Nanji: The Information Era for Entrepreneurs Debika Burman: Research Isn’t All Science: How I Got a Return on My Investment Katie McIntosh: The Value of Lists Jas Banwait: The Realities of Starting a Company

Breaking into Biotech: Obstacles Entrepreneurs Face in the Biotechnology Industry Speaker: Dr. George Adams

Following the time allotted for brainstorming potential recommendations, three groups were chosen to present their proposals to the judges and the delegates. Congratulations to Diljot Chhina, Justine Del Rosario, Joanna Babinska and Hang Xie for their winning proposal. The conference proved to be a great networking opportunity for both students and employers to meet and communicate. This conference would not have been possible without the support of the Science and Business Students Association (SBSA), the Science and Business Ambassadors, the Science and Business Resource Centre, and the 35 dedicated volunteers. Ashwini Namasivayam, the Speaker and Sponsorship Coordinator for Fusion, felt that “the conference was a HUGE success, mostly due to the hard work from our Conference Team and volunteers. But our sponsors all played a big role in making the conference happen. We had an amazing turnout and it was great to see UW students engaged throughout the day!” Fusion was an excellent representation of how the disciplines of Science and Business can be integrated and we hope that the conference will continue to build on the strong reputations of the University of Waterloo as well as the Science and Business Program in the years to come!

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If you say so Do tell: How busy are first year Science and Business students?

Sukaina Kanjee 1B Science and BusinessBiochemistry In the beginning, I found myself under a huge pile of tedious assignments and never-ending notes and I thought that I would be a busy bee for the rest of the year. But today I must admit, that this past year has been amazing. For the very first time in my life, I was able to feel the power of hard work and time management which helped me survive my busy schedule. Moreover, on my journey, I encountered amazing friends and very knowledgeable and friendly professors who have enlightened my path, filling it with courage, dedication and a passion to learn. In addition to that, I was provided with the exciting opportunity to make a difference in the community by being a part of various associations such as Smiling over Sickness, UWIHDA (University of Waterloo International Health Development Association), and the Science and Business Students Association. I am very excited about the upcoming years and I have no doubt that they will be the best years of my life.

Garreth Murphy 1B Biotech/ CA As a first year Biotechnology and Chartered Accountancy student, I have six courses and two labs, so there is always something to do in terms of studying or assignments. I found myself spending several hours a night working on assignments, a day or two working on labs. Even more time around midterms and finals was designated to studying. However, it is not all work in Science and Business. I am currently on three intramural sports teams (soccer, volleyball, and dodgeball). All of the players on the soccer team are in the Science and Business program which is one of the ways to connect with fellow students. I think that aside from the time spent with your nose in a book, there still is a lot of time on weekends and in between classes where you can hang out with your friends, relax and take part in campus activities that interest you.

“If you’re unsure of where you want to go in life, keep your options open; go into Science and Business. You can become anyone from a doctor to a CEO.” Arthur Goldstein 1B Biotechnology and Economics

Alice Qi 1B Biotechnology and Economics

Ketyurah D’Silva 1B Science and Business- Biotechnology

“Going from high school to university is a big change. Lectures are only a small portion of learning, and going over notes yourself is the big portion of what you need to do. I feel that the biggest challenge is to be able to manage your time. I am always busy because I joined lots of committees on campus! I met so many people as an executive on my residence’s council, as well as working as a residence tour guide. Being involved is a great way to not only motivate yourself, but develop leadership skills for the future. (Co-op anyone?) For next year, I was elected as a science councillor for the Federation of Students. It just shows that a little participation can go a long way. Academic wise, I study about 2-3 hours a day on average outside of classes. The rest of the day is free for me to relax with friends!

First term was a very exciting experience for me because I faced new challenges and opportunities. Although the work level and the teaching styles were considerably different from high school, I was allowed the chance to grow and develop as an individual. I now understand how much hard work and responsibility is needed to succeed in university. Thankfully, the effort does come with perks. University is not just about the classes and work; it’s about meeting new people, joining a new club, and sharing experiences with wonderful people. I’ve done this, and I’m ready to take on even more. I am proud to be a Science and Business student at UW; the opportunities for an inspiring experience are endless!

“I am very excited about the upcoming years and I have no doubt that they will be the best years of my life.” -Sukaina Kanjee

Faces from Class

How do Science and Business Students fit in? What do you have to say?

Jessica Konzelmann 3rd Year

Alex McGarry 2nd year

Neima Shahidy 4th Year

Kenny Chan 2nd Year

Bomber Wings Saturday or Feds Express Ice Cream Mondays

If I wasn’t in Science and Business I would be...

Davis Center Library (DC)

Bomber wings

a Pussy Cat Doll

Relaxing after a long Friday night

Dana Porter Library (DP)

Bomber wings

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Making the breakfast of champions

Tatham Center

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Worst thing about living in residence?

It’s Saturday afternoon, I am...

Best place to study is...

Smelly roommates

Eating breakfast

Hard to get work done

Communal washrooms

Lack of sleep


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Tipsheet You asked it, we answer it. From student exchanges, co-op terms, and living off campus, advice is here

Schloss Castle in Karlsruhe Germany

Co-op is fast approaching for some, while for others it’s ending for another term like Lucy! Itching to study abroad? Ruby was, read what she has to say

Going on international exchange can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in university. Not only is it tons of fun and you will get to meet friends around the world, having international experience has become an essential skill as a future leader in today’s globalized economy. Science and Business students don’t have a flexible schedule but that should not stop you from taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. The best term for SciBus students to go is 3A, and it’s not too early to start thinking about it in first year. Many countries require you to have language proficiency but they will still accept your application if you show that you will be taking 2 language courses at UW prior to your exchange term. A lot of planning is involved but it’s definitely worth it. I had a blast and want to do it again! To find out more, go to exchange.html

For my first co-op term, I decided that I was going to play probability and apply to so many jobs that someone somewhere had to hire me. At my first interview, the whole air of the Tatham Center (TC) was intimidating and formal. However my first interview of six brought my perceptions down to earth. The employer was very nice and genuine, and really put me at ease. My nervousness translated to excitement for the position. Walking out of that interview, TC seemed much less frightening. I wasn’t hired for the job, nor the next 4 interviews. During the second round, I was offered a job but it was cancelled within 24 hours. I was discouraged after each hit but I changed my resume, I thought of a new personal pitch for myself and I examined how I approached each failed interview. I sent off application after application to the remaining jobs on my shortlist. Be proactive, patient and optimistic because there is a job out there for everyone! Lucy Feng

2A Science and Business

Ruby Ku 4A Science and Business

Tatham Centerfuture second home for many co-op students

Patti knows the difference between student ambassadors and the SBSA, Do you?

New Prerequisite course: SBSA 101

Unlike the SBSA (Science and Business Students

If you’re looking to meet lots of new people within the program and forget about the overload of school for a little while, I would highly recommend joining the Science and Business Students Association (SBSA). SBSA is a student group that puts on various social and academic events, bringing professors, alumni, prospective, current and interested students together. We are governed by the Science Society but, because of our business ties, are also affiliated with the Enterprise Council, which is run by the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology. We run two or three socials a term and also play a large role in putting together the annual Science and Business Conference.

Association), which focuses on organizing social events for Science and Business students; the Science and Business Ambassador team dedicates itself to the mentoring of fellow peers in the program and to facilitating a system of contact between all branches of the program. This includes the development of student-to-student contact, student-to-employer contact and student-to-alumni contact, for example through the annual Science and Business alumni dinner. The ambassadors also strive to reach out to prospective University students, providing them with the information they need to help guide their decision-making process. Campus information days, student question and answer booths and highschool recruitment initiatives are all currently being implemented to increase awareness of the program. Any student in at least second year Science and Business can apply to be an ambassador. I personally applied to be an ambassador during my 2B co-op term. The interview process was very brief and simple, and once I obtained the position, all new ambassadors went through a fun day of getting to know each other, understanding the mission of the team, and overall getting oriented on the current and proposed tasks for the future. The ambassador team is constantly in contact, sharing a common passion for the Science and Business program, and strengthening the brand at UW. I strongly encourage all Science and Business students of any year to join the team, as we are always looking for more students to get involved and for fresh ideas to be implemented!

Through getting involved with SBSA I’ve been able to meet lots of students I would not have even had the opportunity to talk to otherwise. I’ve been able to network and form some amazing friendships. I have a true passion for the program and have been able to harness this passion to bring together our program. We really are an exceptional bunch of bright minds and through our events, like the conference, we have the opportunity to come together and show everyone why the Science and Business students really are a step ahead. It’s not hard to get involved. SBSA-elections are run towards the end of March and all that is required is for the candidate to fill out an application and prepare a short speech for the day of elections – it’s that easy! By getting involved early on in your university career, you’ll have a much more enjoyable university experience and you’ll be reaping the benefits from all the networking before you know it!

Patti Lambros

3A Science and Business

2008-2009 Science and Business


Ashwini Namasivayam

3B Science and Business


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Thanks UW Written by Stephanie Bell Future Graduate of Science and Business: Biology Specialization


t seems like only yesterday that I arrived to the University of Waterloo with the world ahead of me. Four years later, I am weeks away from graduation, and still with the world ahead of me. Looking back at the years I have spent here, I feel proud to say that I have become part of the UW family. Even before coming into university, I have always liked staying active and getting involved in different groups and teams. The University of Waterloo has proven to give its students more than just an education, it gives us opportunities to get involved, meet great people and make life-long relationships, while getting a top of the line education. I have been involved in organizing and participating in multiple frosh weeks as a science leader and have been a member in other planning groups from end of term socials to formals. I have also been an active member in our own Science and Business Students Association, which allowed me to interact and work alongside my fellow classmates planning program events such as this year’s Science and Business Conference. Additionally, I became involved in campus recreation, both as an athlete on intramural teams and as an employee. I am a strong believer that life is what you make of it. I truly believe that getting involved makes the difference between existing and living. By meeting new people, accepting challenges and overcoming obstacles, you are shaping the person you will ultimately become. I have learned many life changing lessons through my participation in extra-curricular activities and courses in the Science and Business Program.

“I truly believe that getting involved makes the difference between existing and living.” I have learned about other people and more importantly, about myself, while learning some important lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom. If I have any advice for other students, it is to get involved and make the most of your time in university. Find something that interests you and that showcases your given talent, while making time for friends, family and yourself!

“Science and Business is a great program; its grads will be future economic leaders.”

Trang Lee 1B Science and Business

Three in One

Program information for all three Science and Business sectors Our Programs The Waterloo Science and Business program and its more specialized versions, Biotechnology/Economics and Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy, attract very high-quality students and deliver outstanding, highly sought-after graduates. As technological developments are introduced at an ever-increasing pace, there is a demand for individuals with the ability to integrate and apply scientific know-how in the world of business. Our programs prepare students to compete and prosper in the current technology-intensive global market place.

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Biotechnology and Economics This program combines the fundamental concepts and applications of biotechnology with an individual business focus on economics. A range of biology, biotechnology and biochemistry courses are taken to allow the student to gain an ample amount of biology-related knowledge with the remaining economics courses to complete this major. With the idea of being only available through co-op, students also have high levels of relevant work experience towards this major.

Students at Work

Grads at Work

Product Marketing Manager, Research in Motion (SCIBUS)

Research Coordinator, Princess Margaret Hospital (SCIBUS)

Pharmaceutical Development, GlaxoSmithKline (SCIBUS)

Product Marketing Associate, Microsoft Canada (SCIBUS)

Sales Analyst, Petro-Canada (Biotech/Econ)

Product Disease Specialist, Merck Frosst Canada Inc. (Biotech/Econ)

Neurosurgery Research Assistant- St. Michael’s Hospital (Biotech/Econ) Financial Planner, Ernst & Young (Biotech/CA)

Science and Business With 8 possible specializations ranging from biology to hydrogeology, Science and Business provides graduates with an equally strong understanding in a science major and in business. The unique set of workshops which are exclusively available for our students, allow for the conglomeration of both disciplines to be exercised, while teaching the skills that are essential for success in the workplace. Science and Business attracts very high calibre student entrants and it is our mission to deliver highly sough after graduates into the private and public work force and beyond.

Tax Sr. Associate, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Biotech/CA)

Biotechnology and Chartered Accountancy The program provides students pursuing careers in the accounting profession with the requisite technical experience to make them more effective in interacting with and working in modern technology intensive organizations. This unique program integrates advanced courses in biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology with studies in financial management, accounting, auditing, and taxation. Offered as a co-op program only, graduates are eligible to continue their studies in the Master of Accounting program and proceed directly to the Chartered Accountant final qualifying examination, the uniform final evaluation (UFE).

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