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'22 & Sci'23 Hour Requirements:
- A minimum of 5 Total Hours.
If you have any questions, or extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing your hours, please
[email protected] or
Ticket links have been emailed.
Please check your junk mailbox if you haven't received the signup form.
If you have any questions you can email
Hours of Operation:
Starting February 25th, 2023, the warehouse will be open and it will be closing on March 9th, 2023.
Everyone attending SciFormal must do a minimum of 5 volunteer hours. Information on how to sign up for hours will be coming soon.
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
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.
The Science Formal CXV Open House will take place on November 4th, 2018 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM.
During this time, Grant Hall and Kingston Hall will be open to the public for walk-throughs, by donation
to the United Way. This is a great time to take pictures with friends and family, and to really take in
the results of all the hard work of the 4th year engineering students and their guests!
When is Sci Formal?
March 11th, 2023
How much are tickets going to cost?
Tickets will be $125 for students and $150 for guests.
How do I get a ticket?
You will get an email with a link to a google form attached. You will fill out that form and submit it, your
submission will be time stamped. Tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. If you want to
bring a guest, you will indicate this on the form and you will be automatically entered into a raffle to
receive a guest ticket.
When exactly do I sign up for a ticket?
Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm the sign-up form will be sent to your email. It will stay open until next
Friday, February 10th at 11:59pm.
Am I eligible to go to Sci Formal?
4th and 5th year engineering students can buy tickets, as long as they are not on internship.
Is there any financial support available for buying a ticket?
Yes, there is. Bursaries are available and will be awarded by the bursary committee according to EngSoc
policy. You can find more information in the form here: