Research brings real world examples and experience into the classroom. It is central to our mission to provide students with a solid foundation in the sciences and applied sciences.
Scientific excellence and new technology development are at the core of a learned society, a productive province and a competitive nation.
Innovation improves quality of life not only for Canadians, but for those well beyond our borders. It enhances our creative thinking and problem-solving skills as we develop new methods for managing our environmental resources and health care systems.
Universities play a critical role in providing research projects for the next generation of innovators. Opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty mentors in areas of discovery.
Currently, Dr. Thierry Chopin is pioneering a new approach to aquaculture that is environmentally responsible, economically profitable and socially acceptable. The work has been recognized by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which recently awarded the project with a Synergy Award for Innovation.
William Ganong Hall, K.C. Irving Hall and the Canadian Rivers Institute are the three main science buildings on campus and all are superb facilities. Ganong Hall is a four-storey building designed for Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics. The largest lecture theatre on the campus is found in Ganong Hall, as well as undergraduate course laboratories, a large greenhouse, a controlled environment room and multiple research labs.
K.C. Irving Hall is the home of the Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Nursing departments. It features modern classrooms and state-of-the-art research and computer labs, including flow-through wet labs for the Biology department.
The Canadian Rivers Institute is the newest addition to the Faculty of Science, Applied Science & Engineering buildings on the Saint John campus. The focus of the Canadian Rivers Institute facilities is on: (1) assessing the health of river systems (including heavily-populated river estuaries, such as Saint John); (2) developing laboratory methods for doing research on stressors of importance to Canadians (eg., industrial discharges, sewage, agricultural run-off, aquaculture wastes); and (3) studying the transfer of persistent organic pollutants, such as pesticides, through aquatic food webs as well as their potential to affect human health. The facility includes extensive laboratory, wet-lab, and office space for CRI Research Fellows and Associates and graduate students. It also included the purchase of state-of-the-science equipment and facility needs including flow-through freshwater and saltwater aquatic systems with temperature, flow and photoperiod control for bioassay exposures; aquatic flumes for studying organisms at environmentally-relevant water flows; a microscope imaging system for studying tissues; field equipment (eg., field trucks for getting to sampling sites); and chemical separation equipment for pesticide studies and mercury analysis.
Our Computer Science & Applied Statistics Department is located on the third floor of Sir Douglas Hazen Hall, and boasts dual-boot undergraduate and research computer labs.