Science Club

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Prominent date(s) of activity: 1934 - 1945, [198-] - present?

History: The UNB Science Club was founded through the efforts of Senior Geology Students and their professors, Dr. W. J. Wright and S. C. Perry. The Science Club was intended to support the Scientific Society by furthering its goals among undergraduate students by sponsoring trips to scientific places of interest and providing opportunities to present papers on scientific topics. 

On February 28, 1945, a meeting was held to discuss the posibility of disbanding the Science Club. Various more specialized scienctific clubs had arisen from the group, such as the Chemical Society, and the Pre-Medical Society, causing this more general club to be less relevant.

The society was revived a number of years later and began sponsoring a Science Week in 1986.

Activities: Students gave talks on important topics from within their specialty; they listened to talks by students in other scientific departments; they attended guest lectures by prominent scientific experts, and they hosted banquets. Science Week consisted of a Mr. Science Competition, an ice cream competition, a St. Valentine's Day formal (sponsored by the Biology Society), a movie night, a mini science fair, and a ski party.

In 1938, the Club's Book Department began buying textbooks en masse for science students in an effort to lower textbook costs. Throughout the early 1940s recent graduates were encouraged to write the Science Club telling of their activities after graduation, which was then condensed and distributed among undergraduate members of the club as well as graduates abroad.

Note(s): In 1941 a levy was imposed upon members for the upkeep of a club newsletter. 

Source(s):

  • UA Case 173.
  • UA RG 16; Science Club Minute Book.
  • University of New Brunswick: Year Book for Nineteen Thirty-Three
  • Up the Hill, 1943, Organizations.
  • Up the Hill, 1947, Organizations.
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 121, no. 5, October 1986, p. 5.


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