Developing the Next Generation of Science Leaders: Student Groups, Hackathons and International Exchanges
After the Faculty of Science became its own entity in 2012, separate from the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, a new challenge arose: creating extracurricular experiences tailored to science students.
Julia Pia, chemistry alumna and second president of the Ryerson Science Society at the time, recalls: “The 2017 student referendum was a turning point for the FOS student body. The Ryerson Science Society became a formalized governing body, undergraduate course unions and student groups were brought under one umbrella, and the doors opened to significant increases in funding for academic and social initiatives.”
Since then, the RSS was renamed to the Undergraduate Science Society of Toronto Metropolitan, and the FOS student community has continued to flourish in developing next-generation scientists and leaders.
“Throughout my time at FOS, I’ve seen a huge increase in student-led initiatives. Our students are hosting hackathons, conferences and industry events, and representing TMU at international competitions. They’re forming groups to foster career interests, creativity and design, and supporting mental health and marginalized groups in STEM. The growth and enrichment have been fantastic!”
— Pamela Wettlaufer
Manager, Student Relations & Development
There are now 29 separate student-led groups, including 7 undergraduate course unions. Their breadth spans three main areas: specialty interest, skills-based and equity groups.