Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Faculty of Science at UBC—an extraordinary community of scholars who have come together to learn and discover. Our community—students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff—share a passion for science and a deep pride in our educational and research programs spanning the life, physical, mathematical and computational sciences.

Our faculty and staff are passionate about student learning and our efforts to transform undergraduate science education at UBC -- through the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and through UBC's Flexible Learning initiative—have made UBC a North American leader in STEM education reform. Science education is not a spectator sport. Our undergraduates engage in a wide range of opportunities that enhance science learning including Science Co-op, exchange programs, research projects, community service, and peer-to-peer learning to name just a few.

We are equally proud of our highly-ranked research programs that span the scientific universe—from the subatomic to the galactic, from pure mathematics to biotechnology, from biological systems to earth systems. Science graduate students and faculty conduct cutting-edge research in world-class facilities, and play a leading role in more than 20 interdisciplinary research centres. Committed to research excellence and preparing the scientific leaders of tomorrow, our research programs are generously supported by a wide range of external funding sources including government agencies, foundations and industry sponsors.

UBC Science's world-class faculty has included two Nobel laureates, 11 Fellows of the Royal Society of London, more than 60 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and 50 Canada Research Chairs. Over recent years, UBC early career scientists have been awarded more Sloan Research Fellowships than any other Canadian university.

I encourage you to learn more about UBC Science by perusing this site. Better yet, come visit us and get to know the outstanding scholars who make UBC Science special!

Simon Peacock
Dean, Faculty of Science