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Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Okanagan Campus
Office of the Dean
3187 University Way, ASC 413
Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

Telephone: 250 807 9597


Office Hours:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Monday to Friday
(excluding statutory holidays)

Please direct all general inquires to the above email address.

For direct student support, contact:

Leadership & Staff

At the heart of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science is a group of dedicated and supportive staff and incredibly accomplished faculty members all here to help students make the most of their UBC Okanagan experience.

Leadership & Dean’s Office Staff


Program advisors are faculty members who can help you with course selection, deciding on a major, ensuring you are meeting degree requirements, and even career advice. They serve as a valuable resource in helping you achieve your educational and career goals.



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Undergraduate Students

Current students with undergraduate course-related inquires please email

faculty council Student RepresentativeS

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science values student input on matters that affect their education and success on the UBC Okanagan campus. The Faculty includes undergraduate and graduate student representatives on Faculty Council for one year-terms where the student representatives have the opportunity to vote and advocate for their peers.

About the Faculty Council: The Faculty Council is the governance body responsible for the direction of the affairs and business of the Faculty. The Council is tasked with establishing and revising policies, practices, and the general direction for the teaching and research activities of the Faculty, and with making recommendations to the Okanagan Senate.

Nisha Choudhary is a second-year student at UBC who is considering majoring in physics.

In her role as the new science representative, her primary goal is to actively listen to students’ opinions and concerns, ensuring that they feel valued and heard in the academic community.

As a student, her mission is to be a bridge for her fellow peers, helping them to voice their academic challenges. She also aims to establish a safe and welcoming space where students can easily approach her with course-related problems or any other issues.

Beyond her academic pursuits, she has a deep passion for a wide range of activities, such as exploring new places, painting, dancing, cooking, and outdoor adventures. She always strives to strike a balance between her studies and personal life, and  encourages others to do the same.


Satabdi Das is a Master’s student in Computer Science.

As a Graduate Student Representative for the prestigious Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Council, Satabdi takes on the vital task of being the voice of her fellow students. She dedicates herself to addressing concerns and ensuring that the voices of the student body are heard and respected in faculty meetings. Satabdi is deeply committed to fostering open and constructive dialogue between students and faculty members, working collaboratively to shape and refine policies, practices, and the overall direction of teaching and research activities at UBCO.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Satabdi is an enthusiastic traveler and explorer, finding joy in discovering new cultures and landscapes. Her artistic inclinations are evident in her love for both the visual and literary arts. She is an avid reader and also enjoys the magic of the silver screen.


Portia_McGonigalPortiaa is a fifth year PhD student in biology. She is excited to continue her role as a Graduate Student Representative this year.

As a Graduate Student Representative, one of Portiaa’s main duties is to attend Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Faculty Council meetings, during which she will be able to second motions, propose new motions, vote on all motions presented, and provide a voice that represents the perspective of a large group of students during discussions that help determine the direction of teaching and research activities of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.

Outside of academics, Portiaa enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, and spending time outdoors. She is very happy to serve as a Faculty Council Student Representative this year and looks forward to hearing from and advocating for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science graduate.


Xavier is a third year Science student from Singapore, doing a double major in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Computer Science.

As someone who believes that life is all about making the most of your choices and goals, he is more aware than most about the struggles of balancing studies and other aspects required for a holistic lifestyle.
He believes that while engaging in discussion is important for progress and
improvements, a point of discussion is required for this to happen. By providing a listening ear for students’ feedback, Xavier aims to be a voice for students, providing different perspectives for the Faculty Council discussions.

In his free time, he tends to be found dancing or playing the piano. He is always interested in trying out new and fun activities, and loves to live in the



Visit the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science department websites for staff, faculty and graduate student contact information.

Department Department Head Department Manager Department Assistant(s)

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Mark Rheault (Acting Department Head) Janet Heisler Jennifer Rhodes
Christina Grant
Emma Regush
Sheila Williamson

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Susan Murch (Acting Department Head) Janet Heisler Everald David
Sheila Williamson
Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics (CMPS)

Physics: Jake Bobowski
Mathematics and Statistics: Sylvie Desjardins
Computer Science: Yves Lucet

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Sylvie Desjardins (Acting Department Head) Darcelle Paquette Theresa Keeler
Janelle Lessard (On Secondment)
Sonya Thomlinson
Jessica Collins
Lindee Lemon
Christel Deas
Shaniya Anand
Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences (EEGS)

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Kyle Larson Darcelle Paquette Deborah Barnett
Christa Nyarko Osei