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Academic Sessions

Academic Sessions

First-Entry Programs:

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities is pleased to host prospective students and their families for a day of stimulating and informative presentations and displays. You are cordially invited to visit us to meet professors, staff and students from the departments of Classical Studies, English and Writing Studies, Film Studies, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. In addition, there will be representatives from the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities, the Academic Counselling office and the Arts & Humanities Students’ Council. Please plan to attend our welcome and overview presentation and complete your day at Western with a visit to the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, home to an extensive gallery space for student exhibits. We look forward to meeting you and will be ready to answer all of your questions about our courses and programs.

Welcome Centre
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Atrium, International and Graduate Affairs Building
Refreshments will be served.

Departmental Information Displays
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Atrium, International and Graduate Affairs Building

French Language Lab Tours
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Rooms 1R43 & 1R44, International and Graduate Affairs Building

Faculty Overview Presentation
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Room 1R40, International and Graduate Affairs Building

The Dean, Associate Dean (Academic), Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities,and the President of the Arts & Humanities Student Council will discuss, “Why Arts and Humanities?” and “Why Arts and Humanities at Western?”

Academic Choices and Q&A Session
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. or 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 1N05, International and Graduate Affairs Building

A short review of the Arts & Humanities program options with a question and answer period to follow.

John Labatt Visual Arts Centre
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Visual Arts displays and self-guided tours

9:15 – 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Guided tours of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre 

Faculty of Engineering

Welcome Centre

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Foyer, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion

Faculty Overview Presentation and Student Panel

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Room 1200, Spencer Engineering Building

This presentation will focus on the numerous opportunities available to you through our nine core Engineering programs, dual degrees with the Ivey Business School and Western Law, as well as co-op, internship and international opportunities.  During the panel, current students will take questions and offer their perspective on the options and opportunities in Western Engineering.

Information Displays - Academic Programs, Student Clubs and Teams

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Richard Dillon Atrium, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion

Professors, academic counsellors, career services staff and students will be on hand to talk about Western Engineering programs, student clubs, groups and teams.

Lab Tours
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spencer Engineering Building
Look for our student volunteers (wearing orange t-shirts) in the foyer of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion to take you on a personal tour.

•    Chemical Engineering - Room 1081
•    Civil & Environmental Engineering - Room 22 & CMLP Green Roof (weather permitting)
•    Computer, Electrical and Software Engineering - Room 3102
•    Green Process Engineering - Room 1079
•    Mechanical Engineering - Rooms 37, 1068, 1072, 1074, 1076 & 1077
•    Mechatronic Systems Engineering - Room 3101
•    Engineering Student Lounge - Room 1001

Integrating Engineering and Business Presentation and Panel
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Room 1200, Spencer Engineering Building

This presentation will focus on the value of combining engineering with business thinking for individuals who will lead organizations in creating real value for customers and society.  Learn how Western Engineering creates increased opportunities for students through our new Business 1299 course, Engineering Leadership and Innovation Certificate or the Engineering/Ivey HBA dual degree program.  Join in the discussion with our select panel.

Faculty of Health Sciences (Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing)

The Faculty of Health Sciences is dedicated to being a leader in health, health care, rehabilitation and physical activity.  First-entry programs in this Faculty include: Health Sciences, Kinesiology and Nursing.

The Western Faculty of Health Sciences is at the forefront of innovation into research and education in the health sciences. Is your future here?

Faculty of Health Sciences Fall Preview Day

The Faculty of Health Sciences program will take place in the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Science Building. Undergraduate program displays, information sessions, and facility tours and demonstrations will be available (please see schedule below). Faculty, staff and students from each of the Faculty’s undergraduate Schools will be available to answer questions and to chat about the merits of studying in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Information Displays/Drop-in Centre
Meet and chat about your program(s) of interest with faculty, staff and/or students from the Faculty’s first-entry programs of study.

  • Health Sciences / Kinesiology / Nursing
    10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Lobby, Main Floor, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

Program Information Sessions
An introduction and overview of what to expect within each of the Faculty’s undergraduate areas of study.

  • Kinesiology
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Room 40, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

  • Health Sciences
    11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Room 40, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

  • Nursing
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Room 40, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

Student Panels - Faculty of Health Sciences Students’ Council
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. or 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. or 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. or 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Room 236, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

Find out what it's like to study in the Faculty from current students.

Note: Questions related to academic requirements and admissions criteria will NOT be addressed in the student panels. Please refer to the program information session schedules above for the appropriate time and room location to have those questions answered.

Building Facility Tours/Demonstrations (self-guided)
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Each of these research/teaching/service facilities will have their doors open to visitors throughout the time periods noted to allow guests to speak with faculty members and undergraduate/graduate students and/or participate in demonstrations.

  • Faculty of Health Sciences Students’ Council
    Room 08, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences Students’ Council (FHSSC) is a representative body of all undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The FHSSC is made up of bright and dynamic student leaders committed to providing quality academic and social programming for undergraduate students in the Faculty. The FHSSC has adopted the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its official charity and named its dedicated group of student volunteers the Faculty of Health Sciences Dream Team. The Dream Team works to raise money and awareness for the Southwestern Ontario chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation through events hosted on the Western campus and throughout the London community. Through fundraising efforts, the Dream Team endeavours to raise enough money each year to grant a child’s wish.

  • Nursing Clinical Education Suite (NOTE: Open to 1 p.m. only)
    Room 306, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The Clinical Education Suite is designed to enhance the education of health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing.  Students are able to practice their psychomotor skills, enhance team functioning and focus on their communication skills in a realistic, safe environment. The suite consists of a nine-bed simulated hospital setting outfitted with equipment consistent with a variety of acute care settings, such as oxygen and suction outlets, vital sign equipment, a mechanical lift and IV pumps.  Simulators and computer-programmable mannequins are resident in the suite to allow students to perform a variety of psychomotor skills, such as catheterization, dressing changes, and physical assessment.
    NOTE: To ensure that all prospective Nursing candidates have an opportunity to tour the clinical education suite, non-Nursing visitors are invited from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Nursing candidates only from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit

    Room 316, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit investigates the health and function of older individuals living in the community, examines frailty, functional thresholds, levels of dependency, injury, rehabilitation and strategies to optimize the health, independence and quality of life of older individuals living in the community.

  • International Centre for Olympic Studies
    Room 317, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The International Centre for Olympic Studies, established at The University of Western Ontario in 1989, was the first of its kind in the world. It remains the only such Centre in the Americas. It has as its primary mission the generation and dissemination of academic scholarship focused specifically upon the socio-cultural study of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement.

  • 3-D Anatatorium
    Room 322, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The Anatatorium boasts a large collection of models, joints, skeletons, bones, and life-sized replicas to afford students a rich environment for anatomical studies. In addition, the lab houses a unique combination of projection equipment. Two large projectors superimpose and display images on a special screen. Combining these images with the use of specialized polarized glasses allows the images to become stereoscopically three-dimensional. Work is ongoing to develop a software set of class-appropriate anatomical images and animations that will give students in the Faculty of Health Sciences a very realistic, but virtual, view inside the human body.
    Note: Seating in the 3-D Anatatorium is limited. Showtimes will be posted. Complimentary tickets will be available.

  • Laboratory for Brain and Heart Health
    Room 402, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    Research undertaken in the Laboratory for Brain and Heart Health will look at the brain-heart connection (BHC) by mapping the neuronal pathways that link the brain with cardiac, muscle and respiratory end organs and their reflex processes. The ability of these pathways to remodel with disease and lifestyle interventions will be studied. The result will be a new understanding of the impact of physical exercise to map, train, and protect the brain-heart connection components after they have been damaged by disease or stroke.

  • Exercise & Health Psychology Lab
    Room 408, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory is designed to conduct research into exercise adherence intervention, and exercise intervention & health. The lab consists of six suites that are used for exercise space - where participants take part in structured and supervised exercise sessions – and as locations where baseline & primary end-point data collection takes place related to cardiorespiratory fitness, bone density & body composition, and psychological & biochemical indices of exercise.

  • Exercise, Mobility, and Brain Heath Lab
    Room 413, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    Research undertaken in the Exercise, Mobility, and Brain Health Lab focuses on the relationship between cognitive function and aging within two distinct contexts, (1) How physical activity can improve executive functions in older adults, and (2) Specific impairments in attention and executive cognitive functioning that contribute to falls risk in older adults. Advanced neuroimaging data analysis techniques for fMRI and EEG is used to examine executive cognitive functions related to the aging process.

  • The Health Promotion Laboratory
    Room, 417, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

    The Health Promotion Laboratory provides space for faculty members to conduct a broad range of health promotion research. Health Promotion researchers are involved in research that focuses on individuals, families, communities and vulnerable sub-populations, and they carry out studies that explore policy interventions, organizational processes and structures, and theoretical developments related to the promotion of active, healthy living for all members of society, from young children through to the frail elderly.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS)

Come and learn about undergraduate Programs in Media, Information & Technoculture (MIT) and Media and the Public Interest (MPI).

Welcome Centre, Student/Staff Meet and Greet
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
First Floor, North Campus Building

Meet and chat with current students about their experiences in FIMS and with staff about program options and support services. Stop by and say hello - we're here to help!

Mini Lecture
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. or 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Rooms 114 & 117, North Campus Building

Experience a sample lecture with one of our dynamic FIMS professors.

Information Session
11 – 11:45 a.m.
Room 101, Anne & Bill McKenzie Amphitheatre, North Campus Building

The Associate Dean (Undergraduate) will present an overview of the undergraduate programs and the opportunities available to our students.

Student Panel: The FIMS Student Experience
12 – 12:45 p.m.
Rooms 113 & 114, North Campus Building

Current students in the Faculty will give an overview of their experiences in their program and life at Western.

Don Wright Faculty of Music

At the Faculty of Music, you will have an opportunity to meet with Faculty, Staff and students as well as tour the superior facilities.

Welcome & Information Centre
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Atrium, Talbot College

Tours will depart frequently.

Information Session
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Room 141, Talbot College

Admissions staff, faculty members and Students' Council representatives will be on hand to discuss our programs, audition process/requirements and to answer questions after the presentation.

Sample Lecture
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Room 141, Talbot College

Experience a snapshot of first year academic music classes (i.e., Music Theory, Music History and Vocal Methods).

Voice/Opera Masterclass and Demonstration
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Featuring Professor Theodore Baerg and singers from the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Piano Meet and Greet
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Room 254, Music Building

Prospective piano students have the opportunity for a mini-lesson and a chance to talk with a piano professor. Contact Sasha Gorbasew agorbase@uwo.ca for a time slot (starting at 1:30pm) and additional details.

Faculty Concert
3 p.m.
Von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Barry Piano Quartet no.1, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, Brahms’ string sextet in G major.

Additional details can be seen here.

Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Basic Medical Sciences)

Disciplines in the Faculty of Science include: Actuarial Science, Animal Behaviour, Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Science, Financial Modelling, Game Development, Genetics, Geology, Geophysics, High Performance Computing, Information Systems, Materials Science, Mathematics, Medical Physics, Physics, Planetary Science, and Statistics.

Disciplines in the Basic Medical Sciences (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry) include: Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Computational Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Medical Biophysics, Medical Cell Biology, Medical Health Informatics, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, One Health, Pathology, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Departmental and Support Services Displays
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building

Chemistry Glassblowing Demonstrations
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Room 7, Physics & Astronomy Building

A true art. Not just test tubes and beakers – you will be amazed!

Welcome and Overview: Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degrees
9:30 – 10:10 a.m. or 11 – 11:40 a.m. or 1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
Room 145, Natural Sciences Centre

Why Western Science and Basic Medical Sciences? Stop by one of these presentations and find out why.

Open Doors
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Room 140 (Academic Counselling Office), Western Science Centre

Explore active labs and classrooms in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics! See the diversity of life from here and the world – an amazing collection of animals, birds and more at our Zoological Collections and Herbarium. Tour maps and details will be given out in teh Western Science Centre on the day of the event.

Student Panel

10:20 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 1:40 p.m.

Room 1, Natural Sciences Centre

Current students will take questions and offer a student’s view to the Science/BMSc programs at Western.

Mock Lecture - Experience your first class at Western!

12 – 1 p.m.

Room 145, Natural Sciences Centre

Faculty of Social Science (including DAN Management and Organizational Studies)

The Faculty of Social Science includes academic programs in American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Transitional Justice, Urban Development and Women's Studies & Feminist Research.

Department & Program Information Booths  
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Main Lobby, Social Science Centre

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Bio-Archaeology and Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (Room 2257) will be open, offering visitors the chance to learn more about Western's mummy (Lady Hudson) and to experience an interactive, virtual reality, tour of a First Nations longhouse.

Tours of the Physical Geography Learning Lab can be arranged at the Geography booth.

Social Science – Information Session
9:15 - 9:50 a.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
General Overview of Social Science with Professor Joan Finegan, Associate Dean.

Program Overview: Sociology & Criminology
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
Presented by Professor Anton Allahar (3M Teaching Fellow) and Professor Kim Luton.

Program Overview: Commercial Aviation Management
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Room 2024, Social Science Centre
Presented by Captain Brian Morris.

Mini-Lecture: History Program
10:45 -11:15 a.m.
Social Science Room 2036
Professor Jonathan Vance, Department of History will discuss ‘True Histories: Zombies, Vampires and the End of Days.’

Program Overview: DAN Management and Organizational Studies
11 – 11:30 a.m. or 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
Presented by Professor Ann Bigelow and Professor Maria Ferraro.

Mini-Lecture: Geography
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Social Science Room 2024
Professor Carol Hunsberger, Department of Geography will discuss 'Environment and Development Challenges.'
The talk will be followed by a tour of the Physical Geography Learning Laboratory (SSC 1302).

Ask a counsellor, ask a student
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 2028 Social Science Centre

Chaired by Kelly Callahan, Academic Counsellor, this interactive student panel will provide you with an opportunity to connect with, and ask questions of, current Social Science students and an Academic Counsellor.

Mini-Lecture: Anthropology
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
Professor Andrew Nelson, Department of Anthropology will discuss ‘Mummies, money and medieval beads: high tech scanning in archaeology.’

Mini-Lecture: Economics Program
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 2036, Social Science Centre
Professor Al Slivinski, Department of Economics will discuss 'Perverse pricing, variable voting and criminal conspiracies: what you learn in economics (and how you learn it).’

Program Overview: Women’s Studies & Feminist Research
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room 2032, Social Science Centre
Presented by Professor Bipasha Baruah (Canada Research Chair).

Mini-Lecture: Political Science
12:30 – 1 p.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
Professor Charles Jones, Department of Political Science will discuss 'Why Politics Matters.'

Program Overview: Psychology
1:15 – 1:50 p.m.
Room 2050, Social Science Centre
Presented by Professor Mike Atkinson (3M Teaching Fellow).

Second-Entry Programs:

Ivey Business School

Information Sessions
10 – 11 a.m. or 12 – 1 p.m. or 2 – 3 p.m.
BMO Financial Group Auditorium, Richard Ivey Building
These information sessions will focus on the HBA Program, the Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO – conditional admission from high school), admission requirements, and concurrent degrees.

Moderated Student Panels
11:10 – 11:40 a.m. or 1:10 – 1:40 p.m.
BMO Financial Group Auditorium, Richard Ivey Building

Faculty of Education

Find out more about our admission requirements for the Faculty of Education and the opportunities available to its students.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Room 146, University Community Centre

Faculty of Law

Find out more about the Faculty of Law, the admission requirements, special academic and practical programs and career opportunities.

11 – 11:45 a.m.
Room 146, University Community Centre

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (MD and DDS degrees)

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Main Lobby, Natural Sciences Centre

Students will have an opportunity for one-on-one questions with Admissions Staff members about the admissions process and career options for Medicine and Dentistry.