Five thousand, one hundred and forty three. Five thousand one hundred and forty three is the stunning number of full-time undergraduates under Western University’s Faculty of Science. But within this sizable population, there exists a small tight-knit community of around two hundred and forty undergraduates, who pride themselves as students of Western Integrated Science (WISc).
Purple pride is a serious matter at Western University. As science students, we feel privileged to experience one of the most spirited frosh weeks across Canada. Not only does O-Week help us make fun memories on which we’ll continue to reflect throughout our time at Western, but it also allows for developing new friendships that enliven our overall undergraduate experience. This is, of course, assuming that you’re not one of many introverts (or even extroverts alike), pressured by your peers to engage in activities that aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone.
Every day across campus, women in science are accomplishing great and amazing things: overcoming obstacles, realizing their goals, and contributing in positive ways to our shared scientific community. Ask us why we decided to pursue science, and you will likely hear a myriad of reasons as diverse as the students you ask. Here are some of our stories.