Chillin’ with ISSS during Welcome Week | Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society

Every week, we work with the student faculty associations on campus to deliver the most recent news about what they’re up to. This week, Orientation is in the works and ready to launch, followed by what U of A students call “Week of Welcome.” The Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society, which represents 6,000 students from the Faculty of Science, is here with their first contribution to FA News, your news source for student association updates. To learn more about the ISSS, take a look at their beautiful website

Brrr, it’s cold in here – There must be some science in the atmosphere! 

If you’ve never heard of the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society (ISSS, pronounced ‘ice’), it’s time to get a splashdown of the ‘coolest’ faculty association on campus!

Who are we and what do we do?

Founded on May 5, 2010, the ISSS exists to provide awesome services, host chillin’ events, and speak up on behalf of all the undergraduate students currently registered in the Faculty of Science. You can find over 30 of our dedicated volunteers ready to serve you in CCIS 1-150 throughout the week, every weekday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm! From our office, you are able to access locker rentals, take advantage of our Used Book Sale, as well as register for our most prolific service, Mini-Study Groups. If you have a question, can’t wait to volunteer with us, or are just curious about the ISSS, feel free to run by and say hello!

What have we got planned in September?

We can’t reveal all of the surprises that we currently have in store for science students, but rest assured they’ll be as cool as ever! While we will continue to offer all of our previous services and programs to students, we’re also committed to innovation.  If you’re new to the University, be sure to check out our newest service, Student 2 Student. It’s a comprehensive peer to peer mentorship program, where you’ll be paired up with an upper year student able to ease your transition into University. Our Mini-Study Groups is also a great way to meet new friends, learn study strategies, and learn the ins and outs of studying hard. All of this information and more can be found online at!

If you’re a returning undergraduate, why not dedicate your extracurricular experience to improving science at the U? We’ll be recruiting for volunteers in early September to help out in a variety of roles, whether it’s at our events, leading a Mini-Study Group, or even becoming a Student 2 Student mentor. If you’re more of a go-getter, we’ll be recruiting for Director positions that offer a more immersive role with the ISSS in late September.  HOWEVER, if you’ve got ice-cold veins and are really interested in a long-term commitment with us, we’ll be holding our September By-Elections for two First-Year Councillor positions and one Fourth+ Year Councillor position. Those are some slick opportunities that can all be found online on our website!

Hey hey, let’s go!

On behalf of the ISSS, I’m really excited to share our activities with you here on The Wanderer Online. Alas, that’s all I can divulge right now as we’ve got lots to prepare for in the weeks ahead. If you’re planning on hitting up Orientation this coming Tuesday the 4th, be sure to check us out at Clubs Fair or our Faculty Specific Presentation, as well as enjoy the food and company at our Faculty Reception Barbecue. You’ll get a chance to meet the new Dean of Science, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, as well as members from the Office of the Dean and Faculty of Science.

Finally, stay tuned for the ISSS as we look forward to sharing more of what we’ll be doing in the upcoming year!

Get your ISSS jackets on – it’s time to hit CCIS 1-150!

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