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Biology Seminar Series

The Biology Seminar Series continues this year. Each Wednesday from 12pm -12:50pm in SC103, speakers will be sharing their knowledge. All are welcome!

Now Hiring: AA's

The Department of Biology invites applications for CUPE 3908 Unit 2 Academic Assistant positions available during the 2019 Winter term. Academic Assistants are required for several positions in Biology courses in the Winter term (pending budgetary approval). Once a suitable candidate has been chosen, the position will be filled. We cannot guarantee that all of these courses will require support.

Course number and name as follows:

  • BIOM-1000H-A   Biomedical
  • BIOL-1030H-A    Foundations of Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-1051H-A-PTBO       Human Physiology
  • BIOL-1051H-A-DURHAM Human Physiology
  • BIOL-1051H-WEB            Human Physiology
  • BIOL-2050H-WEB Introduction to Genetics  
  • BIOL-2070H-A   Cell Biology
  • BIOL-2100H-A   Biology of Invertebrates
  • BIOL-2110H-A   Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL-2270H-A   Kinesiology
  • BIOL-3250H-A   Microbiology
  • BIOL-4020D-A   Honours Thesis
  • BIOL-4190H-A   Biology of Physical Activity
  • BIOL-4210H-A   Ichthyology

Qualifications (CUPE 3908 Unit 2, Article 17.01)

Academic Assistant (AA) An AA shall be defined as an enrolled Trent University student who does not currently hold a GTA.
Duties related to the position, which shall be in accordance with university and departmental practices, shall be determined by the person(s) who has (have) principal responsibility for the course. Assigned duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Demonstrating problem-solving and analytical techniques and related marking
  • Facilitating small group discussions and development of problem solving strategies
  • Assisting students in laboratory settings and related marking.


Applicants should send in an email with the course code(s) in the subject line:

  • Letter of interest listing their areas of knowledge and expertise
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript (for undergraduate students)

Students may apply to multiple positions.

For all courses submit to:
Sandra Sisson, Department of Biology
(705) 748-1011 x 7424; biology@trentu.ca

Deadline for receipt of applications:

Positions are open until filled so please apply as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, December 11th 2018 at 4pm.

All positions are subject to budgetary approval by the Dean’s office.


Biology Department Scholarships, 2018/19

Biology, Biomedical, Water Sciences, and Biochemistry students received scholarships and prizes at the annual awards ceremony on November 7.

At the awards ceremony, Prof Jane Mackie awarded the Powles prize on behalf of her father Prof Emeritus Percy Powles to Jessica Cotton for her academic achievement and study in the field of fish biology.

Diana (Edwards) King and Sylvia (Edwards) Carnovale, daughters of Prof Roy L Edwards (deceased), one of the founding members of Trent University and the first Biology Chair, presented two scholarships on behalf of their family to Jennifer Larkin and Nicholas Nelson for their work in terrestrial and aquatic ecology.

Prof Peter Lafleur of the Trent School of the Environment presented the Bill Armstrong Northern Studies Scholarship to Florence Masson.

The Jean McKerracher Scholarships for students intending to pursue a career in health services were awarded to William Kim, Cassie Hillock-Watling, and Marthe Behrends. 

The Charles Omole Scholarships for high academic achievement and intention to pursue a medical career were awarded to Hailey Guertin, Jessica Williams-Vergara, and Jessica Gillespie-Friesen.  

Alexandra Hjort Toms won the Goodhead Prize for her studies in aquatic remediation.

Daniel Switzer was awarded the Conservation prize for high academic achievement and interest in conservation issues.

The first Biomedical prize was awarded to Tonya-Leah Watts. This prizes recognizes high academic achievement and commitment to human health. 

The Biology Department Book Prizes for high academic achievement in second year went to Samuel Murray, Regan Caldwell, and Anna Kramer.  The Book Prizes for first year achievement went to Hanan Hammoud, Serena Hope, and Noah Wightman.

Jessica Cotton, winner of the Powles Prize, said “I am very excited to be a part of the important research being done in this field which is working toward the protection of Canadian fisheries and to be working with Dr. Michael Fox – the professor whose class started this journey for me”.

On behalf of the entire Biology Department, we congratulate all of the award winners and thank them for their hard work. We wish them all the best in the future.

Master's student Scott Blair demonstrates fish ecology research conducted under Dr. Michael Fox


Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS)

BUGS exists to provide biology students with an opportunity to meet and interact with other biology students, and to promote the awareness of the biological sciences.

Check out the Trent Biology Undergraduate Society Facebook page, and add them to your Blackboard homepage to stay up to date on events!