First Term @ UBC Science Online

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COVID-19 and UBC's response

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From online classes to "fake commutes" to online labs - we've got answers!

Your first year with UBC Science is an exciting time, and just like you, we're getting ready for your first term online! By now, you've probably joined us at a few of our (digital) events. Get your feet underneath you by checking out the resources on this page to help you dive into your university experience.

Support for UBC Science Students

Science Peer Academic Coaches support you to achieve your unique academic goals through one-on-one coaching sessions. From discussing study habits to brainstorming strategies that might work for you to improve your learning, Coaches help you to be successful academically. Discover how SPAC coach Sean has adapted his own study strategies to effectively learn online.

Your Orientation Leader is one of the first faces you will meet at UBC, and is your guide as you transition to university life and all the way through your first set of final exams. Check out Orientation Leader Hebah's advice for new-to-UBC students and tips for finding first friends here. All first year UBC Science students are now connected in a Canvas Community - if you haven't seen your invite, please check your email junk folder and then reach out to

Upcoming Events:

Science Student Trivia

Date: November 16, 2020
Time: 7-8PM

Take a break from midterms and papers and join your Orientation Leaders and Science peers for Science Student Trivia!

RSVP by Friday, November 13 at 11:59PM

Registration link:

Unwind Wednesday

Date: November 25, 2020
Time: 7-8PM

Exam season is coming soon and it’s important to find time to de-stress. This event will feature breakout rooms with yoga, DIY face masks and art!

RSVP by Monday, November 23 at 11:59PM

Registration link:

In term 2, keep an eye on your Distillation emails for more details about the "Meet Your Major" event where departmental advisors and senior students from each specialization come together for one night to answer your questions about choosing a specialization!

Past Events:

Virtual Escape Room

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 7-8PM

On June 9 and 11, we invited you to "Meet Our Science Community" - we had a great time connecting with all of you in attendance and sharing stories and wisdom from students Sophia, Sean, Hebah and Shovon, academic advisor Jonathan and associate deans Dr. Cavers and Dr. Harris.

On June 24 or 25, you joined us and your fellow first year Science students for a fun-filled trivia challenge (with no studying required!). 

In the week of June 30, you joined 5 UBC Science profs to dip your toes in some Science topics and get a look at what a digital university "classroom" is like.