The Byward market, Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, The Ottawa Hospital and a vast network of historic canals and hiking trails are at our doorstep. What’s more, our recent investment in the latest technologies, research labs and facilities, will ensure you’re on the cutting-edge when you enter the job market.
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Innovation, creativity and research are at the heart of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex.
With 18 state-of-the-art laboratories, the complex unites research on campus. On the basement level, for example, researchers use a wave tank that simulates tsunamis to test the resistance of critical infrastructures to extreme weather conditions. Numerous design workshops, which boast a total of 50 3D printers, provide the perfect setting for transforming ideas into reality. With dedicated spaces for prototyping, commercialization and entrepreneurship, the STEM Complex provides a space where students and researchers from all disciplines can convene and create the future of tomorrow.
An experiential learning hub at its finest, the STEM Complex is open to students, professors, researchers, entrepreneurs, uOttawa staff and members of the community alike.
One reason why Andrea, a third-year health sciences student, decided to leave Winnipeg and study at uOttawa was that she wanted to be a House of Commons page. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to study political science or dream of becoming the next prime minister to be a page. For Andrea, her interest in politics actually grew as result of her page experience.
What does a page do? A page helps parliamentary sessions at the House of Commons run smoothly by delivering messages between MPs and distributing documents. “It’s the perfect job for a first-year student because Parliament is so close to campus. You can just walk to work!’’
As an out-of-province student, Andrea felt the page program helped her transition to a new city and university life.
“I made many friends though the page program. Now, I have connections across the country.”
Students in the page program have a floor reserved for them in the 90U residence and an academic adviser to make sure they receive all the support they need for their classes.
“First-year students already have a lot of support but, as a page, you get a little extra help!” Andrea says.
Andrea says the page program was key to her finding a job. It offers many opportunities to work with MPs or as a parliamentary guide. She is still working at the House of Commons as a proceeding and verification officer, in charge of recording the sessions. ‘’I loved the experience (as a page) and the opportunities that it gave me.”
Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, kings from around the world and Canadian Olympians are just some people Andrea had a chance to see. “As a page, you watch history every day. All the big news that you see in print in newspapers later — you see it live!”