Fonds F-24 - Faculty of Science fonds

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Faculty of Science fonds

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  • Source of title proper: The title of the fonds is based on the name of the creating body.

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  • 1965 - 2000 (Creation)
    Faculty of Science

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8.26 m of textual records

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(1965 - )

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The Faculty of Science is one of the three founding faculties of Simon Fraser University. The Faculty was established in September 1965, as mandated by the Universities Act, 1963. c.52 (RS 1979, c. 419). The four charter departments of the Faculty consisted of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. As of 2006, the Faculty has grown to eight departments and also includes Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Statistics and Actuarial Science (the only program of its kind in western North America.)

The Dean of Science reports to the Vice-President Academic and Provost. Each department in the Faculty is headed by a Chair and the Dean is assisted by an Associate Dean. The Dean is both the chief officer and chair of faculty meetings and is responsible for ensuring that the various duties and responsibilities of the Faculty are carried out.

Each of the departments offers BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees and participates in the university's co-operative education program that allows students to combine relevant work experience with academic studies. The Faculty of Science also offers several courses that can be used by non-science students to fulfill degree requirements. In 2005 the Faculty began offering science programs at SFU's Surrey campus.

The Faculty of Science is a research-intensive faculty, traditionally accounting for half the external research support (and funding) brought to SFU. The Faculty has actively supported a high school recruitment policy through high school liaison programs established in the late 1960's and more recently, hiring a Director of Student recruitment. The Faculty of Science also plays a role in university outreach by promoting a general understanding of scientific discoveries and explaining the implications of science for setting social policy. Through the School for Continuing Studies, the faculty sponsors science seminar series that are held in the evenings at Harbour Centre. Graduate and undergraduate students from the faculty annually run summer science camps and maintain the “Science Alive!” and “Let's talk Science” programs.

SFU is one of five universities involved in research at TRIUMF, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics located at the University of British Columbia. In addition, SFU is one of five universities that form the Western Canadian Universities Marine Biological Society (WCUMBS), a non-profit group that owns and operates the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, in Bamfield, BC.

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The fonds consists of records relating to the academic development of the Faculty of Science and the departmental administration of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Activities, topics and events documented include the Dean's correspondence with faculty and departmental chairs; correspondence with the university community, local and international science professionals, and provincial and national organizations; departmental reviews; participation on university committees and the Management Council of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Biological Society; liaison with university research institutes; and construction of the South Science Building on campus.

The types of documents include meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting papers; correspondence and reports; annual reports; budgets and financial working papers; speeches; policies and procedures; bound architectural drawings; and publications including newsletters, pamphlets, journals, conference programs, posters, research summaries, and a calendar.

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The records were transferred to Archives through the regular application of university Records Retention Schedules and Disposal Authorities (RRSDAs).


The titles and arrangement of series were provided by the archivist. During the processing of accruals in 2006 the archivist attempted to add records to existing series by creating sub-series. Series 2 "Faculty Research Information" is a closed series. Where possible new files have been arranged chronologically without disturbing original file classfication numbers.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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Associated materials

For related records please see the Department of Biological Sciences fonds (F-5), the Department of Chemistry fonds (F-6), the Department of Mathematics fonds (F-14), the Department of Physics fonds (F-19), the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies fonds (F-21), the Office of the President fonds (F-193), the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost fonds (F-200), and the Academic Planning Services fonds (F-202).

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All accessions have been processed as of July 2006. Further accruals are expected.

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The predominant dates for records in this fonds are 1965-1996. Five files contain publications and annual reports that date 1997-2000.

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Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of the records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2006.

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Finding aid prepared by Bruce Schinkelwitz, Ian Forsyth, Enid Britt, Kadimola Lomamba, Judith Thiessen (November 1997).

Revised by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (April 2004).

Accruals processed and finding aid revised by Lisa Beitel (August 2006).

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