SFU's largest Convocation ceremony will take place from June 9-12, 2015.

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June Update for Graduate Students

June 04, 2015

Monthly email update sent to all SFU graduate students — and congratulations to all of our graduating students next week! 
(If you are graduating and plan to convocate, we take thousands of photos at every convocation.)

Awards and Funding

Grad Student Society Grants
Professional Development Grants
 for travel occurring between August 1 and November 30, apply by July 2.

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 June 12, 2015, for projects starting in September 2015 (fall 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.



Job and Volunteer Postings

TA/TM/Sessional Job Postings
The Graduate Studies website hosts the central job posting system for all TA/TM/Sessional jobs at SFU. Postings for the fall term are now going up.

Lingustics Lab Tech Support Specialist
Applications due by 12 noon on June 15.

Gerontology Part-time Research Assistant
Must be fluent in English and Cantonese and/or Mandarin.

Lab Manager Position, Moore Biology Lab
Apply by June 15.

Philosophers' Café Moderators
The Philosophers' Café is looking for graduate students to be moderators of Philosophers' Cafés in communities throughout Metro Vancouver. Small honorarium of $100.

SFU Student Temp Pool
SFU's Student Temporary Pool provides employment opportunities for qualified SFU students registered in credit courses in the semester of employment.

SFU Dining Services
Dining Services is looking for part-time staff (does not have to be a student; could be good for partners/spouses looking for work on campus.)

The Peak
Do you like to write? Take photos? Illustrate? The Peak is always looking for new contributors — and they pay, too. Contact promotions@the-peak.ca or join a weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 1 pm in MBC 2900. Something you want to see covered in the paper? Send your tips to eic@the-peak.ca.

Mitacs Jobs
Job postings at Mitacs, specifically Business Development Specialists, all across Canada. PhD required.

Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships

SFU Student Ambassador Program
SFU's Student Ambassador Program is open for applications from students. Ambassadors get a few perks in return for short-term volunteer work.

New Graduate Student Orientation Volunteers
Would you like to help us welcome the new group of graduate students this September? Email Pamela Tannouri at student-life@sfugradsociety.ca or sign up through the Student Ambassador Program.


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

Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures
SFU grad students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to join special guest, Dr. Nanda Dimitrov from Western University, and learn strategies for navigating cultural differences in communication styles, expectations and collaboration with your supervisors, peers and students or anyone with whom you work collaboratively across global and disciplinary cultures. Monday, June 22 from 3-5pm, Burnaby campus. Register on MyInvolvement.

APEX Professional Development Program                                  Thinking about your transition after grad school? Wondering what you should put on your resume? Wondering how a web presence might help you find the job of your dreams? Check out the APEX workshops offered throughout the summer. View them all and register in MyInvolvement.

APEX Knowledge Translation Series
This workshop series
is designed to help graduate students translate their work and their research to diverse audiences. The next session takes place on Tuesday, June 23, and there are monthly drop-ins to practice your presentation skills. Register using MyInvolvement

Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning
Are you a graduate student intending to apply for a teaching position? This 4-month certificate may give you an advantage. Prerequisite course may be taken in August.

Body-Voice-Space: An Intensive Two-Day Voice and Presentation Skills Boot Camp
August 25–26, 9:30–3:30 pm, Burnaby campus. Registrations are open until workshop is full.

Research Commons Space & Workshops 
The Research Commons is a spacious and airy working area in the Bennett Library (7th floor), where graduate students can work on their research and writing in the company of other graduate students. (Link for door code.)

They run drop-in writing labs and other programs aimed at getting you through the thesis finish line. 

Note: There is currently grad student writing space available at Harbour Centre, Thursdays 3:30–6:30 pm and Fridays 10:30 am–2 pm.

Thesis Boot Camp
June Boot Camp is full. Registration for August 26–27 will open soon.

Mitacs Step Workshops 
Mitacs workshops are in high demand among all disciplines. They are free one and two-day professional development workshops for grad students and postdoctoral fellows, fully catered.

You can attend any session that Mitacs offers in BC (not only the ones held at SFU!). Coming to SFU this summer: 

See list of all upcoming workshops & register here (click on BC tab). Unlinked courses listed above will be posted to the Mitacs website shortly. We'll send out alerts on Facebook and Twitter (see bottom of this email for links). Note that Mitacs workshops are open to graduated grad students for two years after graduation.

Support over Suicide / Students in Distress
Free workshops for students in leadership roles from Health and Counselling Services, Harbour Centre, June 22 in Burnaby and July 17 in Vancouver.

Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization
SFU's Beedie School of Business is launching a part-time "mini-MBA" for graduate scientists and engineers, starting in Sept 2015. Application deadline June 30.

UBC's Graduate Career Exploration Symposium
They are inviting SFU grad students to this event, Thursday, June 4, 6–8:30 pm


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.



President's Dream Colloquium on Traveling for Health, Fall 2015
Through this colloquium, we seek to challenge participants’ understanding of what forms travel for health is taking and what impacts medical tourism is having both within Canada and internationally.

Applications are now open for this interdisciplinary colloquium graduate course and free public lecture series — all disciplines welcome. More course information.

President's Dream Colloquium Lectures

GSS Mini School
You can now register for courses taught as a part of the first GSS Mini School. All courses are taught by graduate students. GSS members get a discounted rate on all courses.

GSS Build Your Own Event Contest
Do you have an awesome event idea? Want a chance to win a $100 gift card? Then enter the first ever: GSS Build Your Own Event Contest! Submit your idea by: June 30 at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place from July 3–27 and the winner will be announced at the GSS 8th Birthday Party on July 29 at the Highland Pub!

Events around Campus 

Events around Vancouver


Discounted Playland Tickets
The GSS has arranged for group sales for graduate students so that you can order cheaper tickets for Playland and the PNE.

The Beach Boys, Pat Benatar, the New Pornographers, Boyz II Men, and Hall & Oates, and more are all coming to Vancouver this summer for the PNE's Summer Night Concerts. If you buy through the GSS's code, a single day pass is $12 and season's pass for all 2 weeks of the PNE event is $42.50.

Baseball Games
Vancouver Canadians tickets now available for purchase for the June 27th game in the GSS Offices. $12.50 for grad students, $14 for non-GSS members!


Tips and Tricks

Confirmation of Enrollment Request
If you need a confirmation of enrollment letter, you can do it yourself through GoSFU.

New LaTeX Templates
Ross Churchley, PhD student in Math, has been leading a revamp of the SFU Library's LaTeX templates!

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.

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

Research Assistant Working Group
The Research Assistant Working Group (RAWG) examines issues related to research assistants at SFU. The RAWG is open to any graduate student at SFU, regardless of whether they have a research assistant contract. For more information or to get involved, please contact Abhishek Nanjundappa, Director of University Relations, GSS, at ur@sfugradsociety.ca

Get Your Own SFU website
SFU graduate students can get their own personal websites under www.sfu.ca (also available to clubs and research groups). It will be under SFU's easy-to-learn content management system. To request your own SFU grad student website, email gradstudies@sfu.ca.

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

Refworks Migration to US Servers
As of June 2015, the Canadian version of RefWorks will cease to exist, because the Canadian server that hosts RefWorks is no longer available. This change affects the privacy of your personal information. If you use RefWorks after June 2015, your data will be stored on US servers. Please note: If you are an instructor at SFU, you must not mandate the use of RefWorks in your classes after the migration date. 

Deliberate: The Experiences of Women of Colo(u)r Graduate Students 
Call for contributions to a print anthology, due June 15.

Research Studies

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.


International Graduate Students

Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures
Please join us for this free session on Monday, June 22, to learn strategies for navigating cultural differences in communication styles, expectations and collaboration with your supervisors, peers and students or anyone with whom you work collaboratively.

Transferring to SFU from another institution in Canada?
International students who applied for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014 must inform Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) when transferring from one designated learning institution (DLI) to another at the post-secondary level.  Learn how to change your DLI # online.

Post-Graduate Work Permits
Just completed your degree? See these tips on applying for a Post-Graduate Work Permit and information about the new open work permit fee. See also: Instructions on how to obtain a Completion of Degree Requirements letter.

Travel Tips
Travelling outside of Canada? Make sure that your immigration documents are valid. You already know that you will need to plan ahead for travelling home or abroad for conferences or study opportunities. We've put together a few tips and resources to help you out. 

Conversation Partners Program
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your conversational skills, the SFU Student Learning Commons is accepting applications for the waitlist for their free Conversation Partners program for the Fall 2015 term.

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.


Governor General's Gold Medal Recipients
Congratulations to SFU's Governor General's Gold Medal recipients this year! Both were international graduate students at SFU.

Indigenous Graduate Students

New Relationship Trust Awards
Offering $10k (Master's) and $20k (Doctoral) scholarships for Indigenous students. Deadline extended to June 10.

Save July 25–26 for a SAGE Writing Retreat
SAGE will host a writing retreat on July 25 & 26, 2015 at the beautiful SFU Surrey campus! More information will be sent about the registration and the structure of the writing retreat later this month. Dr. Michelle Pidgeon will be the faculty mentor for the writing retreat. 


Graduate Students in the News

Convocation Medal Winners
Congratulations to our Convocation Medal Winners and Governor General's Gold Medal recipients! See full list and profiles.

SFU PhD Student in Top 5 of SSHRC Storytellers
Dr. Bryan Gallagher, Beedie School of Business, was one of the top five winning students this year. He will also be receiving a Dean's Convocation Medal.

As temperatures increase, so will extinction rates
CBS News article featuring Dr. Sean Anderson, who will be receiving a Dean's Convocation Medal.

Sea lice reduce sockeye's foraging success, according to new research
Featuring Sean Godwin, SFU PhD student

Why are so many British Columbians overdosing on their meds?
Vancouver Sun editorial by Jordan Westfall, Public Policy

Study undermines narrative of B.C. First Nations as simple hunter-gatherers
Photo of Misha Puckett, Archaeology MA student, featured in the story

Overfishing cause of shark fisheries decline and Fewer Sharks Are Being Caught—and That's Not Good News
Interview with Lindsay Davidson, PhD, Biology

SFU team wins best student prize in 48-hour appathon
Congratulations to SFU grad student team members Jonathan Bhaskar, Bradley Ellert, Jasneet Sabharwal and Maryam Siahbani.

Black Widows' Bad Rap: 4 Misconceptions About the Spider
With Catherine Scott, who just finished her MSc in Biology

On the Passing of Pat Hibbitts
We're sad to report on the passing of Dr. Pat Hibbitts this week. She received her EdD from SFU in 2009 and was SFU's Vice-President of Finance and Administration. She was a friend and mentor to many women on campus and cared deeply for the University and its students.

Would you like to be in the news?
SFU News would like to write about the interesting research, field schools, or international exchanges that students and faculty are pursuing this summer. Simply drop them a line explaining what you're involved in, and where, and they'll follow up. Email Diane Luckow, dluckow@sfu.ca

Dates and Deadlines

June 9–12, 2015
Convocation for students who completed in Spring 2015. See www.sfu.ca/convocation for more information.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • Last day to drop with a 50% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees.
  • Deadline to pay Co-op practicum fees.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Canada Day. All classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Registration opens for Fall 2015 term.

July 6–24, 2015
Work-Study Application Period for Fall term

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Last day for graduate students to drop classes with a WD on their transcripts.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Deadline for other Western universities to receive application forms for SFU graduate students to take courses elsewhere under the Western Deans' Agreement for Fall 2015.

Monday, August 3, 2015
BC Day. All classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

More dates and deadlines: 

Degree Completion this Term?
If you think you will be completing your degree this term, please go ahead and Apply to Graduate.

It doesn't cost any anything for you to apply, and if you don't complete your degree requirements, we just cancel the application, and you can re-apply in the future.

(It's much trickier to add you to the graduation list after the graduation application deadline.)


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

If you'd like to help us welcome the incoming graduate students over the summer, we have another group just for the new students.