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A new ranking of university programs by Maclean’s has Queen’s making the top 10 in all 10 categories.

Offered for the first time alongside the magazine’s annual university rankings, Maclean’s ranked universities in 10 different undergraduate programs – biology; business; computer science; education; engineering; environmental science; geology; mathematics; nursing and psychology.

A documentary worked on by Jennifer Ruth Hosek (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) will premiere at the prestigious International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana in December.

Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories, a film from Cuban director Jaime Santos, explores the cultural meaning of bicycling and community in Havana. Dr. Hosek, who is cross-appointed to Film and Media Studies, served as associate director and research co-investigator on the film.

The first recipients of the Dean’s Admission Scholarship for the Arts were celebrated recently at a special event hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Susan Mumm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, speaks at the ceremony for the Dean’s Admission Scholarship for the Arts. 

A total of 188 students received the new scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year, which was open to all students in the Bachelor of Arts Honours Program with an average of 88.5-89.9 per cent.

John Smol receives the Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership and Science.

John Smol has received an Arctic research lifetime achievement award named in honour of his friend and former colleague Martin Bergmann.

“I knew and had worked with Marty for many years. He was a great guy who always ‘got things done,’ so receiving the Bergmann Medal is very close to me,” Dr. Smol says.


The pathway to a Queen’s degree is much improved for some B.C. college students.

Queen’s University and Langara College have signed a memorandum of understanding  aimed at supporting transfer student success and encouraging attainment of baccalaureate degrees. The agreement allows Langara students who have completed Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees to transfer into year three in Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science.

New resources to help students with mental health accommodations at post-secondary schools across Ontario are now available with the completion of a large-scale collaborative project between researchers at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. 

The three-year project involved developing province-wide standards and guidelines to be used by students seeking academic accommodations for mental health. These resources for students, staff and faculty are now available online, and include:

Homecoming 2015 has come and gone and despite the cold, wet weather, thousands of alumni returned to Queen’s University for the weekend to foster friendships and create new connections.

From the many events hosted by the faculties and departments across the university to meeting up with acquaintances from the past, as well dear friends, Homecoming offers an opportunity for special memories.

At the September Faculty Board meeting, the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies asked the Dean of Arts and Science to consider the temporary suspension of admissions to the Physical Health and Education Program. Through the fall, the Dean has been reviewing the request and meeting with key stakeholders. She anticipates making her decision before 2016.

If you would like to provide feedback about the idea of a temporary suspension - please email the Dean directly at deanartsci@queensu.ca.

The 2015 edition of Queen’s annual Sustainability Week kicked off Monday, Oct. 19 with a tour of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm. Many more events are happening throughout the week, until Friday, Oct. 23, that highlight sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community.


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