“The idea of its founding members was to have a smaller, more intimate educational facility that emphasizes that science really isn’t only one discipline, but something you have to study across disciplines,” says Brake. “The other important aspect was that students should be exposed to science from the very first day. Students at Science College are in a lab from Day 1.”
In 1979, there were 12 students compared to some 80 students today. They are enrolled in one of Concordia’s science programs.
“Students apply for our minor in multi-disciplinary sciences and entry to the college and we accept about 20 to 25 students per calendar year,” Brake says. “We keep it small and intimate. We are a physical space where students can come in to study together and excel together. We also have an in-house library where students can consult papers and projects.”
Brake is proud of Science College’s “sterling reputation” for educating Science College alumni who hold top positions in science and medicine in Canada and abroad.
Many grads are returning for Science College’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Says Brake, “I’m excited to welcome back alumni who have been extremely successful in their careers – such as Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson of the Montreal General Hospital; Dr Onyenyechukwu Nnorom, Associate Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto; and Dr. Majid Fotuhi, medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center at John Hopkins Medicine, who will present ‘How can we reverse the effects of aging on memory?,’ a free lecture open to everyone.”
Science College’s 40th anniversary will also be commemorated by visiting alumni, former professors and industry professionals at a May 4 anniversary gala dinner at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel.
Lillian Jackson, longtime assistant to the College's Principal, will receive a special honour at the May 4 gala, via a new bursary that has been created in her name and will live in perpetuity.
Jackson began her tenure at the College in 1994, and has helped hundreds of students over the years.
“I am humbled and profoundly grateful to the College for creating this bursary in my name,” says Jackson.
“I am confident that the students of the College who will benefit from this bursary will go on to great things. I am extremely proud to have known so many of the great achievers who are alumni of the College. Our students continue to be our best ambassadors.
It is my hope that all graduates of the College will remain close to this institution throughout their lives.”
— with files from Elisabeth Faure