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UNB is more than a collection of buildings. It’s a collective of people. We go beyond our gates to uplift our communities – to empower our neighbours and create solutions for the great challenges of today and tomorrow. We dive deep to advance our collective knowledge and understanding while contributing to the forefront of scholarship in new and emerging fields.

These are our stories of creativity, community, innovation and impact.

Dive deep into marine biology

One of the most exciting aspects of UNB's marine biology programs are the marine semesters. The intensive 12-week programs take students to ecologically diverse sites throughout the Bay of Fundy, providing them with hands-on experience studying diverse marine organisms like whales, seals, algae, fish and invertebrates.

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Uncovering history at the Fortress of Louisbourg

Aspiring archaeologists spend four weeks of the summer digging up bones at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site on Cape Breton, N.S., as part of UNB's Bioarchaeology Field School.

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Reducing food waste one mushroom at a time

Experts estimate that $49.5B worth of food is lost or wasted in Canada alone each year. Recognizing the growing concern around food safety, UNB science graduate, Natasha Dhayagude and her co-founder David Brown, looked to nature to find a solution.

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Science student discovers what experts missed

After nearly three summers of experimental research, Science student Connor Flynn discovered the source of frequent irregularities in GPS navigation signals that have occurred over the last decade. His breakthrough discovery is expected to help make GPS technology more accurate.

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Tackling food insecurity

Sarah Lunney spent her 12-week summer internship with the Saint John Community Food Basket, applying the research, critical thinking and communications skills she learned in the classroom to address some of the real-life challenges faced by a local non-profit.

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Where health care meets social justice

There’s nowhere else quite like it. Founded in the heart of the city by the UNB faculty of nursing, the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre is leading the way in primary health care in Canada.

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Have you been hacked?

With so much of daily life online, and cybercrime getting more sophisticated by the nanosecond, protecting your identity and your data is more important than ever. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB is committed to creating a safer world that extends beyond screens.

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Helping the Supreme Court resolve the toughest legal issues

When a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada calls you, it might be a sign you did something wrong. But for UNB law student Curtis Doyle, it was long-awaited good news. As a clerk of the Supreme Court, Curtis will be putting his legal education into action by researching cases, preparing memoranda and generally assisting Justice Moldaver in his work on the highest court in the land.

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Building community to end child poverty

Melissa Bewick is breaking the cycle of child poverty in Saint John. Her non-profit organization, Bee Me Kidz, directly addresses the impact of poverty-related stressors on a child’s ability to learn.

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Finding the bets that will pay off

Airbnb, Instagram and Uber were once small startup companies looking for investors’ money to grow. Then smart venture capitalists came along, recognized their great ideas and catapulted the companies to fame and fortune. Students in the Venture Assessment course in UNB’s faculty of management now have an opportunity to pick winners too, thanks to the recently established Fraser Student Venture Fund.

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