SFU Announces New Science Undergraduate Research Journal

The idea for an all-encompassing Science Undergraduate Research Journal came about at the end of the Fall 2014 semester, coinciding perfectly with the inception of SFU's Science Undergraduate Society (SUS), which now provides faculty level representation of science students’ interests at SFU. Since then, one of SUS’ main objectives has been the creation of such a journal, now dubbed SFU SURJ. This student journal will be comprised of an annual physical and digitally circulated journal accompanied by this website serving as a platform for more informal science news, interests articles, and impressive class papers.

The overarching goal of this journal is simple. Promote undergraduate research by providing young scientists exposure and recognition for their work while undergoing a peer review process. Ultimately, it hopes to foster a community of undergraduates who value research while engaging all students in science communication and education. SFU SURJ is meant to act as an educational tool for undergraduate authors and undergraduate editors who wish to gain some first hand experience in the knowledge making process that is scientific research.


"Reinventing Chemistry"

An evening with
Prof. George Whitesides

September 19, 2016: The local Vancouver Section of the CIC, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry at SFU and NSERC, are pleased to announce "An evening with Prof. George Whitesides" will be held on the evening of Sept. 19th, 2016 at SFU Vancouver's Segal Center (in Harbour Center at 515 West Hastings Street). The event will commence at 6:00 PM with a presentation by Prof. Whitesides followed by a networking mixer. An exceptional award-winning research career will be the backdrop of Prof. Whitesides examination of the development and trends in the field of chemistry. He will discuss areas of opportunity, including in nanotechnology, and the emergence of new fields. Areas of science that are facing periods of maturation and reinvention will be highlighted. Refreshments will be provided. Please register to attend before Monday, Sept. 12th at:

Members and friends can print off the event poster for further details and display.

2016 Chemistry in Society Lectureship events

March 7 & 8, 2016 at SFU:We were honoured to have distinguished science photographer, Felice Frankel present on her award winning work. Felice is a research scientist at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where in collaboration with many scientists and engineers her works have appeared in over 200 publications. During her career she has won numerous awards, such as the Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography, and has been profiled in the New York Time, Washington Post and LIFE magazine, to name a few.

The Chemistry in Society Lectureship occured March 7 and 8th, 2016 with two presentations and one workshop. All events were free to attend and light refreshments were provided. Information about each event is provided below, with more details on the attached posters. For more information asbout Felice and her work please visit her website,, and follow her on twitter@felicefrankel.

1. Academic Talk: “More Than Good Enough: Making Images and Graphics in Science and Engineering”

3:30 pm on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at IRMACS,
Simon Fraser University (Burnaby)

Felice demonstrated how taking the process of creating visuals just one step further, can help with journal submissions, presentations, posters and submissions to funding agencies. She showed various step by step processes for getting from "here" to "there" (details).

2. General Talk: “More Than Pretty Pictures”

7:00 pm, Tuesday March 8th, 2016
at D. M. World Art Centre,
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver),
149 West Hastings Street>

Felice presented successes and failures during 20+ years of creating images in science and engineering. She demonstrated that a well thought out visual image of a complicated ideas in research can clarify the science for both the researcher AND the viewer (details).

3. Workshop: “Effective Visual Design Workshop”

1:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016,
SSB 7172, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby)

This workshop was intended for post-docs and graduate students. It showed participates how to develop images that effectively represent their research.

Chemistry Forum 2016

March 1, 2016, Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre: The UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) is proud to host one of its biggest annual activities ­ Chemistry Forum 2016. This student-organized event features up to eight professional speakers from industry and academic settings, who will talk about how a baccalaureate in chemistry helped shape their current career path. Students are able to converse with our guest speakers on a personal level and receive valuable career tips, along with building their professional network. A catered lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Dress code is business casual. Interested individuals are invited to check our website for more details:

Download Forum 2016 Brochure
Download Forum 2016 Poster

UBC Engineering Research Day

February 11, 2016, UBC: The theme of this graduate student-organized event, held at UBC Vancouver Campus, 2360 East Mall, was Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future. It featured guest speakers Dr. Sylvian Coulombe (McGill University), Dr. Chris Wilmer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Axel Meisen (FCAE), as well as an Industry Discussion Panel, Bridging Academia and Industry with a Focus on Entrepreneurship. Registration for this event was free.

Engineering Research Day 2016

Undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to compete in the Undergraduate Design Teams Competition, as well as the Scientific Poster and 3-Minute Thesis Competitions.

Engineering Research Days provide the ideal opportunity for all students and professionals in Vancouver to learn about their field, expand their professional networks and present their work. For more information about this or future events please visit the Engineering Research Day website or Facebook page, or email the organizing team.

Chemistry Career Night

February 2, 2016, SFU: SFU's Undergraduate Chemistry Student Society held a Chemistry Career Night at the Diamond Alumni Centre, SFU. This was a speed-mentoring event designed for one-on-one interaction with industry professionals. Speakers included employers from Switch Materials Inc, Ballard Power Systems, BC Research, Phyton Biotech, and Xenon Pharmaceuticals, plus a representative of SFU Graduate Studies. It provided a great opportunity to help SFU students consider many of the careers they can pursue with their SFU Chemistry degree.

BC Academia-Industry Mixer III

February 1, 2016, SFU VHC Campus: This evening the Vancouver section of the Chemical Institute of Canada, in partnership with NSERC-Pacific, hosted the BC Academia-Industry Mixer III. This event took place at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Campus. The goal of this event was to forge new collaborations and research opportunities as well as celebrating ongoing partnerships between industry representatives and academic researchers. Member of the chemistry community were invited and encouraged to attend.

The evening included a presentation from Dr. Elicia Maine, Associate Professor in Technology and Operations Management at the Beedie School of Business, and the Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization. Dr. Maine spoke on “Turning Invention into Innovation: Chemists as Scientist-Entrepreneurs”. In addition, representatives from NSERC (Dr. Pam Giberson) and Mitacs (Dr. Laurence Meadows) gave a brief insight on these types of partnerships from a funding agency standpoint.

A networking mixer with food and light refreshments followed the presentations. It is hoped that this informal meeting will lead to new and exciting collaborations.

Was YOUR Crystal the Best in Canada?

January 2016: The top crystals from our Annual Crystal Growing Competition (November 28, 2015) (details) were sent to Ottawa for the national judging (results).

Our News and Events from 2015

Reports from 2015 can be found here.


to David Fung

Congratulations to David Fung, former Chair of CIC, for being installed as Third Chancellor of Capilano University on June 6, 2016. David lives in the Vancouver area and has been a big supporter of the CIC (details).

Contact Us

For membership, information on upcoming events and other queries, please contact us c/o:

Vancouver Section - Chair
John P. Canal (Simon Fraser University)
Tel: 778-782-7661 / Email:


Congratulations to all our Student Award Winners!

Each year the Vancouver Section gives an award to the top 2nd year chemistry student attending a publicly funded post-secondary institution in our region with a 2nd year chemistry program.

We also give an award to the top 3rd year chemistry students attending SFU and UBC. This award is given in the fall and students are nominated by their schools.


The 2015 Student Awards were kindly sponsored by our friends at Powertech Labs (

2015 Top 2nd Year Students
BCIT Ambrose Chung
Capilano University Evgenii Kukoba
Douglas College Leea Stott
Kwantlen University Kaitlin McDougal
Langara College Thomas Zhang
SFU Sandeep Padam
Trinity Western University Matthew Kasteel
UBC Hudson Lynn
University of Northern BC -
University of Fraser Valley Miranda Danielle Louwerse
2015 Top 3rd Year Students
SFU Mathew Sutherland
UBC Samuel Aaron Leutheusser
2015 Awards Dinner Speaker
Kevin Meisner Britannia Mine Museum

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