Hours

Student volunteer hours are an essential to bringing the Science Formal experince to life. With the volunteer hours, students and guests attending the event help to create pieces of the set for the year's theme.

Sci'21 & Sci'22 Hour Requirements:

Engineering Students at Queen's

Fourth Year Students

  • Engineers in the Class of 2021/2022 must complete a minimum of 18 Total Hours.
  • At least 10 of these hours MUST be completed during Final Week. However, more than 10 hours can be completed during Final Week; these will count towards your Total Hours.

Guests

  • Guests who attend Queen’s (students not in Sci ’21 or Sci'22) must complete 5 Total Hours, completed at any time.
  • Guests who do not attend Queen’s are not required to complete any hours.

Internship Students

  • Interns residing in Kingston must complete 5 Total Hours, completed at any time.
  • Interns residing outside of Kingston do not need to complete any hours.

Hour Reductions

Details on hour reductions are to come.

Tickets

Tickets will go on sale during the Winter 2022 Semester

Email [email protected] for information on how to secure a ticket.

Sponsorship Information

If you are a sponsor looking for more information, or a student who may know someone that could be interested in sponsoring the event, please email Nicky Wilkinson, our Finance Chair at  [email protected].

Science Formal is arguably the longest-standing tradition of Queen’s University. It has become one of the most highly anticipated events at Queen’s and offers invaluable project management, construction, and teamwork experience to the fourth-year engineering students for which the event is planned.

Fundamentally, the Science Formal is planned and executed each year as follows: the graduating students choose a theme for the event. The signature piece of the Formal is a huge structure built in the center of Grant Hall that varies year to year, depending on the theme. Past themes have been: Evening in Paris, Peter Pan, Old Hollywood, Mount Olympus, Venetian and Casino Royale.

Sponsorship is critical to the running of the formal each year, and we look to corporate sponsors for support in exchange for promotion of their brand and exposure to the graduating class of Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science. The event itself highlights the creative and collaborative nature of our students, and provides the graduating students with unparalleled undergraduate experience.

There is a public open house the afternoon before the formal, so the impressive structure and artistic work throughout the venue can be shared with the community.

History

Science Formal is arguably the longest-standing tradition of Queen’s university. It has become one of the most highly anticipated events at Queen’s and offers invaluable project management, construction, and teamwork experience to the fourth-year engineering students for which the event is planned.

The history of the Science Formal isn’t exact, but it is generally accepted that it dates to the early 1900s where it began as a simple dance. It was the class of 1923 that first included more ambitious visions such as large structures and waterfalls. More elaborate themes started in 1927 with the Japanese Gardens. By the 1940’s, the development of major themes for the event was firmly established and the Science Formal was – and still is – an incredible event.

Fundamentally, the Science Formal is planned and executed each year as follows: the graduating students choose a theme for the event and Grant Hall and select parts of Kingston Hall are decorated according to this theme. The signature piece of the Formal is a huge structure in the centre of Grant Hall that varies year to year, depending on the theme. Recent Formals have celebrated such themes as Sci’07’s Scientia Septem Semper Parvulus (Peter Pan), Sci’08’s Broadway with its own Times Square, Sci’09’s Corruptiornamentumnovern (James Bond) with an airplane and two watch towers filling Grant Hall, Sci’10’s Exordiumeximius, with a large Babylonian pyramid surrounded by the Hanging Gardens, Sci’ 11’s Solemnitasplagiariusterra (Planet Earth) with rooms incorporating the variety of nature offered by the earth, and Sci ‘12s Grandaeurbesorbis (Great Cities of the World).

The Science Formal provides the graduating students with unparalleled undergraduate experience in design, construction, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, management, and teamwork.  It truly is an incredible event, marking the culmination of 4 years of engineering at Queen’s.

Contact Info

Matti Brannagan

Convener

(General, Safety)

[email protected]

Téa Duffy

Communications Chair

(Questions, Hour Reductions, Website, and Social Media)

[email protected]

Marina St. Marseille

Logistics Chair

(Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Pre-Events)

[email protected]

Kate van Herpt

Art Chair

(Art & Design)

[email protected]

Spencer Robins

Construction Chair

(Construction, Warehouse, Structures, Safety)

[email protected]

Nicky Wilkinson

Finance Chair

(Budget, Sponsorship)

[email protected]

Courtney Allan

Marketing Manager

(Social Media)

[email protected]

Ava Little

IT Manager

(Website, Hour Logger Creator)

[email protected]

Anisha Basra

Food & Beverage Manager

[email protected]

Kathryn Bell & Vicki Hrap

Sustainability Manager

(Sustainability)

[email protected]

FAQ

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