Welcome to Simon Fraser University
Message from The Dean

I am delighted to welcome you to Graduate Studies at Simon Fraser University. SFU is located in unceded Coast Salish territory and we are grateful to live and work on Coast Salish lands.

You have chosen to attend one of the top universities in Canada, an institution which has a well-deserved reputation for leadership in teaching, research and innovation. SFU is noted for being student-centered, research-driven and community-engaged.

Indigenous students come to SFU from across Turtle Island and beyond. You bring valuable knowledge, experiences, and insights that enrich the learning environment and campus community at SFU. You are on the vanguard here as we seek to Indigenize the academy through the work of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, the Indigenous Research Institute and the Indigenous Student Centre. Please visit our website for more information about other Indigenous graduate students and about resources that are available to you as you work towards success in Graduate Studies: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/indigenous-aboriginal-students.html.  

The statue of Terry Fox, in the middle of the Academic Quadrangle, reminds us to be strong in the face of adversity and to commit to our goals, something I encourage each of you to consider in your graduate education. You may also wish to join with us in the annual Terry Fox run (and if your academic unit doesn't have a team, we would love to have you run with us in DGS!). Learn more at http://www.sfu.ca/terryfox.html.

To assist you in achieving your academic goals, SFU provides graduate students with mentoring from exceptional faculty members in high quality and innovative programs that will assist you in becoming outstanding scholars, dynamic leaders and key contributors to community life.

This September brings new beginnings for all of you, and I hope that it will be fruitful and productive.

Dr. Wade Parkhouse, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology