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February Update for Graduate Students

February 06, 2015

Monthly email update sent to all SFU graduate students.

Awards and Funding

SPICES Proposals
We need your ideas to help enrich the graduate experience, and you can apply for up to $5,000 of funding to support your idea. Proposal deadline is February 11.

Grad Student Society Grants 

SFU Student Social Innovation Grants
Grants of $200 to $1000 to support your idea for social innovation at SFU and/or its communities.

Graduate Studies Awards of Excellence
We are looking for your nominations for the supervisors, leaders and staff who have contributed to your success. Nomination deadline is March 15, 2015. (Prizes are graduate fellowships and conference travel awards to grad students.)

External Awards

External Awards with no deadlines 

  • Youth Education Assistance Fund, for young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency (See also Youth Education Bursary)
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Award, up to $5k for study in Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, Turkey or Vietnam. No application deadline, but Mitacs recommends applicants submit applications by February 6, 2015, for projects starting in May 2015 (summer term).


Awards Timelines 
We recommend scanning ahead because it takes time to prepare your awards applications and request letters of recommendation. 

See our Awards Timeline page.



Graduate Studies Awards of Excellence
We are looking for your nominations for the supervisors, leaders and staff who have contributed to your success. Nomination deadline is March 15, 2015.

The three supervisory award winners get a $6500 GF for the graduate student of their choice and the leadership award winners get $1000 to give to a grad student for conference travel.

Job and Volunteer Postings

TA / TM / Sessional Job Postings
Summer 2015 jobs are starting to go up on our central website.

GSS Advocate and Policy Advisor
Temporary job, $33.38 per hour, $28 hours per week. See full job description.

SFSS Women's Centre Coordinator
Permanent, full-time job, 35 hours/week. Apply by February 10.

Mitacs Globalink Mentors: February 10

Sustainability Educators
For SFU's Zero Waste program, 12 hours/week at $15/hour. Apply by February 15.

SFU Residences
A number of jobs including Student Conference Coordinator, Orientation Assistant and Residence Life Program Assistant.

Rosenbluth Internship in Policy Research
Internship to do public policy research with The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Apply by March 1.

SFU Summer Camps
Camp Head Instructors jobs will open on February 21.

Natural Resource Canada
The Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) is recruiting master's and PhD graduates.

Behind the Scenes at TED Vancouver
On the big list of jobs are a few listings for:

See TED 2015 schedule of speakers. Also, if you work at a secondary school, library, or NGO, you can apply for a free livestream.

Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities' Program Assistant
Apply by February 13.

SFU School of International Studies Research Fellow
Apply by March 23.

Textbook Reviewers
BCcampus is looking for grad student TAs to write reviews of open textbooks. Honorarium $250.

Science World Community Scientists
Science World’s Community Scientist Initiative (CSI) is looking for graduate students. You get professional development and experience on becoming a better presenter, and some free passes to Science World events.

GradHacker Authors
GradHacker is looking for Permanent Authors, apply by March 1.

Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships
Lots of internships posted here: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/internship-postings

You can also set up your own internship, paid at $15k per term.

Transit Referendum Education Campaign Needs Volunteers
Moving in a Livable Region seeks capable volunteers and superhero interns to educate Metro Vancouver about its upcoming transit referendum.



Student Jobs 
Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' facebook group.

Professional Development

APEX Certificate (Professional Development Program)
Last chance to join this term! The next Foundations session is on Thursday, February 12, 1–4 pm, Burnaby campus. Contact Sue Hampton, shampton@sfu.ca to join the spring cohort. Learn more about the APEX Certificate program here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/professional-development/apex-certificate.html

Research Commons Workshops
Data Analysis with R, Writing Literature Reviews, NVivo, Presentation Skills for Graduate Students, Reference Management Tools, Conflict Resolution — and many more workshops from SFU's Research Commons, offered through March. 

Mitacs Step Workshops
Free workshops, fully catered. See list of all upcoming workshops (click on BC tab). Coming to SFU Burnaby:

Online options:

Related story: "Mitacs Step helps SFU postdoc land new position"

SFU/UBC Digital Salon on Social Web Intelligence
Free event, February 21, 10 am-4 pm, at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC.

New Ventures BC
Entrepreneurship competition will open in mid-February. Free structured online training now available.

Support over Suicide / Students in Distress
Free workshops for students in leadership roles from Health and Counselling Services, Harbour Centre, March 2 and March 4.

APEX Professional Development Calendar  
A full list of all professional development opportunities is updated regularly on our website. You can also add it to your personal SFU Connect calendar. Instructions are at the bottom of the page.


3 Minute Thesis Finalists 2014

3 Minute Thesis Competition Now Open for Registrations
How often do people ask you what your research is about? Participating in the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition will help you develop a quick and interesting answer. There are cash prizes of up to $1000. Signups are open now for the 2015 competition to be held in February 2015. (Signups close on February 10.)

Think Again!
February 23, 5:30-7 pm: Indigeneity and the Environment. Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided, followed by Pub Social.

President's Dream Colloquium Lectures
You can reserve for the free public lectures in these series. 

Coming up:

Events around Campus 

Events around Vancouver


Tips and Tricks


Open Access Fund
If you're publishing in an Open Access journal, the SFU Library has an Open Access Fund that graduate students can access.

Research Assistant Working Group
Abhishek Nanjundappa, Director of University Relations for the GSS, is forming a working group to discuss research assistant working conditions and is looking for grad student members from all disciplines. Email ur@sfugradsociety.ca

SFU Families
New Facebook group just started to connect grad students with families to each other.

Off Campus and Wireless Access to the SFU Library
Bookmarklet to help you get access when you're not on campus.

Bus Pass-up Report Form 
SFU Ancillary Services is collecting information on buses that are passing you by

Seeking Research Participants

Contest Roundup

Reading Roundup

Free Access to Lynda.com
All members of the SFU community have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.

It's a great way to pick up new skills in everything from presentation skills to Photoshop to Excel to street photography and far more.



For Movie Lovers
The Criterion on Demand collection at the SFU Library has been renewed: 2,928 movies from Alvin and the Chipmunks to Amadeus to X-Men and more.

International Graduate Students

Tax Information for Grad Students
If you're new to Canada, we have information and upcoming workshops to help you fill out your tax returns. http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2015/02/tax-info.html


New video series: Tax Information for International Students studying in Canada

The Canada Revenue Agency has just released a series of short videos explaining the different aspects of the Canadian tax system as it relates to international students in post-secondary institutions.



EAL/ESL Support Services for Graduate Students 

If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your written and spoken proficiency, we've put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU



New students: If you have any questions about getting settled in Vancouver or at SFU, you are welcome to contact Carolyn Hanna, our International Graduate Coordinator, at dgs-international@sfu.ca or drop by the Maggie Benston Centre, Room 1500.

Recommended Reading:
Western Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students Across Cultures

Indigenous Graduate Students

Lecture Series on Aboriginal Issues
March 3: Privatization of Reserve Land. Can we expect a de Soto effect from the First Nation Private Property Ownership Act?" presented by Dr. Anke Kessler

13th Annual Indigenous Graduate Symposium
Indigenous graduate students or graduate students whose research relates to Indigenous scholarship in any discipline or across disciplines are invited to the 13th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, Hands Back, Hands Forward: Indigenizing the Academy Through Relationships

Hobiyee! Nisga'a New Year
All graduate students are invited to celebrate the Nisga'a Nation and the February Moon, February 5–7 at the Hobiyee free public event at the PNE Forum.

Bi-monthly lunch-hour wellness circle
Please join Rupert Richardson on February 12th and 26, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, CAPE office, MBC 1500.

Tearing-down of St. Michael's Residential School
Rupert Richardson is coordinating students who would like to travel to witness and support this historical event. Please email Rupert_Richardson@sfu.ca


Graduate Students in the News

Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize
Grad students are involved in two of the five finalist teams for the Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize.

Water quality threatened at Cultus Lake 
Master's student Annika Putt's research "points to culprits such as increased human activity around the lake, and a population of resident gulls."

Mostly gloom and not enough glimmer in housing report
Georgia Straight editorial on Vancouver housing costs by Urban Studies grad students Terry Sidhu and Jacint Simon, and Dr. Meg Holden.

Orangutans take the logging road
Doctoral student Brent Loken, in Science Daily

Vancouver team adds chapter to AIDS Encyclopedia
Master's students Anh Le and Aniqa Shahid were featured in 24.

Cindy Jiang was interviewed by Fairchild TV
Interview was about the Strength in Unity research project.

Valentine's Day Research?
If your research is related to Valentine's Day, SFU News would like to hear from you: "perhaps someone in Science or Health Sciences is doing interesting heart research, or someone in psychology is doing research into dating or marital relationships, or someone in sociology is examining marriage stats, or someone in Gerontology is studying loss".

Email we@sfu.ca with your tip.

Dates and Deadlines

Monday, February 9, 2015
Family Day. All classes and offices closed.

February 10-14, 2015
Reading break. Classes cancelled. (Please note: this is for applicable departments only.)

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Last day to drop with a 50% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees or January/February U-Passes.

March 16-April 3, 2015
Work-study application period.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Registration opens for Summer 2015 term (approximate).

Friday, March 13, 2015
Deadline for other Western universities to receive application forms for graduate students to take courses elsewhere under the Western Deans' Agreement.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Last day for graduate students to drop classes with a WD on their transcripts

Friday, April 3, 2015 and Monday, April 6, 2015
Easter break. All classes and offices closed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Last day for graduate students who completed in Spring 2015 to apply for graduation (June convocation).

More dates and deadlines: 



Grad Students Facebook Group 
Advice and support, movies, free food — plus last-minute job postings and awards alerts: 
(SFU email ID required to join)