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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


Please direct all general inquires to the above email address.

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.

Darasimi Kola IlesanmiDarasimi is a second-year student, majoring in chemistry. She is super excited to be a Student Representative on the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Council for their second year.

As a Student Representative, Darasimi strives to ensure that the unique perspectives of her peers are being considered, and the issues they face are brought to the attention of the Faculty Council ouncil during the decision making process. Part of her responsibilities includes connecting and consulting with fellow students, attending and contributing to Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science meetings, and being part of the council votes.

Outside of school, Darasimi also enjoys music, particularly BTS and Red Velvet as well as reading. She is happy to talk to students about anything, UBC Okanagan Science-related or not.


Pak Lam (Justin) Chan is in the first year of his Master’s degree in Data Science having graduated with distinction in Computing Science. Justin was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal by Thompson Rivers University in 2022 and is currently a Founder/Project Manager at an AI data collector startup.

Justin serves as a Graduate Student Representative for the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Council. His responsibilities include collecting feedback and concerns that students may want to raise and advocating for them in the faculty meeting. Justin also contributes to decision-making at the University of British Columbia by collaborating with students and faculty members to establish and revise policies, practices, and general direction for the teaching and research activities.

Academia aside, Justin enjoys photography, cycling, Taekwondo, developing software and attending tech-related events. He is delighted to serve as a Faculty Council Student Representative this year to enhance the student experience on campus and to contribute to the development of UBC’s Science Faculty.


Portia_McGonigalPortiaa is a third-year PhD student in biology. She is excited to take on the role of 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 students.


Xavier is a first year Science student from Singapore, looking to major in Earth and

Environmental Sciences. As an international student, he is more aware than most about the struggles of balancing studies and other aspects of life.

By attending faculty meetings and  partaking in council votes as a Student Representative, Xavier aims to help participate in the decision-making process with the students in mind. Additionally, 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, Xavier tends to be found dancing and playing the piano. He is always interested in trying out new and fun activities, and loves to live in the moment.



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

Department Department Head Department Assistant(s)

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Mark Rheault (Acting Department Head) Cheryl Craig
Jennifer Rhodes
Lindsay Odne

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Robert Szilagyi Everald David
Ally Badry (On Leave)
Lindsay Odne
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) Theresa Keeler
Janelle Lessard
Sonya Thomlinson
Jessica Collins
Lindee Lemon
Christel Deas
Ashlee Robinson (On Leave)
Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences (EEGS)

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Kyle Larson Janet Heisler
Deborah Barnett