November Update for Graduate Students
This monthly update is sent to SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
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Important Info on Awards
Scan ahead so you have time to prepare! Keep a running list of awards in your personal calendar; if you've missed this year's deadline, the award will come up again next year.
See our Fall Awards Timeline.
Fall 2018 Scholarships and Workshops Handout: A list of upcoming workshops and scholarships
Fall 2018 External Doctoral Scholarships Roundup: A list of external doctoral scholarships
External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows
Awards available through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS):
- Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
- Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), The Northern Scientific Training Program provides supplementary support to offset the additional costs of northern research (i.e. transportation costs, living costs, shipping costs and interpreter fees). Deadline: November 8th of each year.
- Fall 2018 CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC: A list of upcoming federal government master's and doctoral scholarships and deadlines.
- External Dissertation Awards, recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels
- Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) - Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out how to accept, defer, interrupt your award payments.
Graduate awards available through other SFU units:
- GSS Open Access Award 2018, up to 35 awards at $100 each to acknowledges graduate students who have been conducting open scholarship by publishing their work in Open Access journals. Deadline: November 30, 2018
- GSS Professional Development Grants, $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Deadline: November 1, 2018 for travel occurring between December 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019
- Family Subsidy, supplemental source of funding for students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline for Spring application: February 11, 2019
- SFU Central Open Access Fund, to help publish work in open access journals, up to $2500/article
Graduate awards available through external agencies:
- Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award, open to Indigenous students and allies who have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in their community; deadline: November 8, 2018
- RADIUS Fellowship, 4-month professional development opportunity for emerging social innovators from across the region; deadline: November 12, 2018
- Graduate SPOR Fellowship, for Thesis-based Master’s or PhD students to receive training in patient-oriented research; deadline: November 12, 2018
- IRCC National Essay Challenge, up to 6 finalists who conduct policy-relevant research will be selected; deadline: November 15, 2018
- Ryerson Image Centre Fellowships, four fellowships for research related to photography; deadline: November 15, 2018
- Azrieli Fellows Program, open to postdoctoral students who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in Israel; deadline: November 27, 2018
- The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship, provides $40,000 for graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to climate change; deadline: January 14, 2019
- Canadian Cancer Society Funding Opportunities, three funding opportunities for cancer research; deadline: January 15, 2019
- CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research, open to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers whose work touches on cross-cutting themes in the broad field of information and communication studies; deadline: January 25, 2019
- The Northern Resident Scholarship, awards four scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, for students identified as long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, currently enrolled in master or doctoral-level programs at a Canadian University; deadline: January 31, 2019
- NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Japan, open to PhD students in natural sciences or engineering; deadline: February 1, 2019
- The Focus! Climate Change Student Video Contest, up to $10,000 for students who like to make a short film about climate change; deadline: March 4, 2019
- Toptal Scholarships for Women, (US)$10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania who want to change the world; deadline: March 31, 2019
- Translink Mobility Grant, up to $50,000 to academics looking to conduct research projects related to new mobility; no deadline
- Data Incubator 8-week fellowships for grad students looking to enter industry, any discipline (Why they don't care about your discipline), rolling deadlines
- Weston Brain Institute Open Funding Opportunities, international fellowship and postdoctoral scholar, rolling deadlines
- NSERC Student Ambassador, $1,000 grant for post-secondary students and fellows to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM; no deadline
- Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Quick Response Program, up to $10k for social scientists to quickly deploy to a disaster-affected area in the aftermath of an extreme weather event or earthquake to collect perishable data; rolling 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)
- ScholarshipsCanada.com, Lists over 90,000 awards and is Canada’s leading scholarship and bursary platform
- Even more databases which list awards from around the world
- Mitacs Accelerate, supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive. Apply anytime.
- Mitacs Accelerate International, up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world. Apply anytime.
- Mitacs Elevate, $55,000 per year award for a customized research management training program, along with a two year research project with a non-academic organization. The program is open to all academic disciplines. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.
- Mitacs Globalink Research Awards provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.
Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.
- 2019/20 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented every second year to an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding and advance complex public issues. Nominations are encouraged from around the world in the fields of international diplomacy & conflict resolution, climate solutions, diversity and inclusion, democracy and civic engagement, and urban sustainability; deadline: December 2, 2018
- 2019 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, The Sterling Prize seeks to award $5,000 to an individual whose work challenges normatives through unconventional and distinctly untraditional perspectives of the world. The Sterling Prize may be awarded to any SFU student, faculty member, alumni or an individual outside of the SFU community as long as the work either provokes controversy or contributes to it’s understanding; deadline: February 15, 2019
Student Jobs Roundup
We track on-campus student job postings and collect them in blog posts. Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' Facebook group.
- ISTLD Research Assistant, 1 position with $25/hr starting as soon as possible; deadline: Nov 9, 2018
- Qualitative Research Assistant – RPT Study, 1 part-time position with $25/hr and a flexible schedule; deadline: Nov 9, 2018
- Lifeguard, 30 openings for the position with $13.02/hr starting from Jan 2 to Apr 28, 2019; deadline: Nov 16, 2018
- Assistant Professor of Native American Environment, Health and Community, 1 position starting on Aug 19, 2019, open until filled
- Post-doctoral Fellowship: Aging and Technology: 1 position for 1 year with strong possibility of extension; apply as soon as possible; no deadline
- BCCIE Careers in International Education job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Paragon Testing Enterprises job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Google Internships, various positions and deadlines
- Mitacs Accelerate paid internships, various positions and deadlines
- Career Opportunities with Mitacs, various positions across Canada
- Government of Canada Federal Student Work Experience Program, various positions and deadlines
- Alliance for Arts and Culture job board, various positions and deadlines
- Educaloxy roundup, various international academic positions in Schools of Education, Art and Languages
- Various on-campus jobs are available through myInvolvement (under Opportunities)
- CAGIS Opportunities, new chapter volunteers and a new co-coordinator; no deadline
- GSS Volunteer Opportunities, various positions
- Moderators for SFU's Philosophers' Café, $25 stipend per session, applications accepted at any time
- Volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program (at all three SFU Campuses)
- Volunteer with WISH (drop in center for self-identified women)
- Embark Sustainability Positions: Various
- CJSF (SFU's radio station) is looking for volunteers (Great experience for improving your public speaking skills.)
- SFU's Student Ambassador Program is open for applications from students. Ambassadors get a few perks in return for short-term volunteer work.
- Various volunteering opportunities are available through myInvolvement (under Opportunities)
- Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships: You can set up your own internship, paid at $10–15k per term. (Recording of info session available.)
- Mitacs jobs across Canada, various positions and deadlines
- If you have any questions, please email Allison Brennan at email@example.com. Allison is also available to meet you and your supervisor at any of SFU's campuses.
These workshops provide grad students and postdocs with career-ready skills. These full one- and two-day workshops are facilitated by professionals in the field and are free to current grad students and postdocs. Check out the calendar to learn more about upcoming workshops.
Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, November 6, 2018
Are you planning to pursue a career as a tenure-track faculty member? If so, then you will need to prepare a teaching dossier at some point in order to document your teaching approaches, experience and effectiveness in the classroom. Open until filled.
Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections, November 8, 2018
Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education. Open until filled.
Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series, until November 23
The Teaching and Learning Centre warmly invites graduate and postdoctoral students to join the Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series featuring innovative yet practical techniques to improve your teaching. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.
Private Voice Sessions, Mondays, until December 3, 2018
Private voice sessions are an opportunity for faculty members and instructional staff to work with Sanders Whiting, the TLC’s teaching enhancement specialist for voice, on public speaking skills. Open until filled.
Instructional Skills Workshop, February 20-22, 2019
The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an internationally recognized forum for faculty members, staff and graduate students in instructional roles who wish to strengthen their teaching skills. It is designed to strengthen novice to expert instructors’ skills through intensive yet practical exercises in learning-centred teaching. Apply before January 18, 2019
The Research Commons space on the 7th floor of SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by a door access punch-code which is regularly changed. The space is equipped with wireless internet access, PC and Mac workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
Need one-on-one help? SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with Research Commons staff and partners. If you have a general question, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thesis Template and Resources
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Thesis reBoot
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 1430
- Write Conversations: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: Writing More Concisely
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: Outlining and Reverse Outlining
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: Managing Writing Anxiety
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: Writing for Collaboration in the Sciences
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: The Home Stretch: Revising and Proofreading
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Write Conversations: Managing Writing Anxiety
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Scholarly Communication, GIS
- Get credit for your work: Build a sustainable online CV with ORCID
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Communicate with Purpose and Intent
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Towards equal, accessible, and just scholarship: Make your work discoverable through ethical publishing
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- GIS Day 2018 talks and presentations
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 5:00pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 1600
Research Software, Research Data Management, GIS
- 10 Principles of Reproducible Research: The Hands-on R Edition
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
- Analyzing data using R
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
- Doing More with NVivo for Mac
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: Creating Story Maps
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Intro to Geospatial Data with R
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 1415
- Introduction to Data Visualization – Examples by Tableau and d3.js
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Mac
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to Business Statistics
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Advanced GIS: Raster Data Analysis
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- GIS Basics: Mapping Socio-Demographic Data
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm - Harbour Centre, Lab 1350
- Surviving R: Avoiding common traps, Finding information, Trouble-shooting, Getting help
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Eigenface Facial Recognition
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
- Let's Talk!
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
- Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
- Communication Skills
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC (Student Learning Commons) Office
- Let's Talk!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
- Introduction to Twitter bots with Tracery
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Check out the Research Commons November Workshops Calendar
Library Study Rooms at the Burnaby Campus
If you've completed all degree requirements except your thesis, you may be eligible to book a lockable study room at the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus. Deadline for spring semester: November 15, 2018
TA/TM Well-Being Project
Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers have a unique university experience as they juggle life as both a student and a teacher. The TA/TIM Well-Being Project supports TAs and TMs to enhance their own well-being and offers helpful strategies to create conditions for well-being within labs and tutorials.
Studying at SFU Surrey Campus and feeling stressed/anxious? Join the Y-Minds Program
Y-Minds is a free, 7-week low-barrier group counseling program for youth (age 18-30) to help manage stress, worries and anxiety. Learn how to cope with stress, worry, low mood and low energy, and connect with others going through similar experiences. Join the information on September 26th or October 3rd at the SFU Surrey campus to learn more, and check out Youth Mindfulness Group for more information.
New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation
The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is a mandatory workshop for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU. This includes TAs, TMs, RAs, postdocs, and event staff. Topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered. Online version available.
Career and professional development workshops
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partnership with Career and Volunteer Services' three-part series for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Effective Intercultural Communication
Registrations are now open for Effective Intercultural Communication. This is a 6-week long free facilitated online opportunity for students who would like to increase their intercultural understanding and communication skills through developing self-awareness.
Job Search Success
This is an online professional writing and intercultural communication course. You will improve your resume and cover letter while learning how to communicate in today's multicultural workplace; a skill employers look for today. Cost: $20; non-refundable after the start of the course. JSS is offered every semester; find registration dates on myExperience.
Sustainability-focused Student-led Program TumblerShare
A group of SFU students are working to make SFU more sustainable through a new program called TumblerShare. Partnering with Renaissance Coffee, TumblerShare is launched to reduce the number of disposable cups used on campus. Learn more here.
Remembrance Day. All classes cancelled and offices closed.
Classes end for Fall term.
If you are a current TA and want to pay to extend your TSSU medical insurance for up to two terms, application forms are due by the end of the term. (See also: All HR forms.)
Deadline to apply on Go.SFU for graduation in the June 2019 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in Fall 2018 term.
Any Withdrawal under Extenuating circumstances (WE) requests received for the Fall 2018 term after this term will be considered as a retroactive WE.
Submission of all recommendations for the awarding of a graduate degree, diploma, or certificate for Fall 2018 term. Degree requirements (including a thesis defence) must be completed within the Fall 2018 term.
See all the Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2018.
Spring semester classes begin
Deadline for submitting a U-Pass BC Exemption request for Spring 2019
End of Bursary application period (bursaries are awarded based on financial need; international students are eligible).
Last day for graduate students to enroll through self-service (late enrollment deadline).
Last day to drop with 100% refund of tuition and ancillary fees. If you were eligible for the January U-Pass BC, there is no refund of the January U-Pass BC but you will be refunded for the February–April U-Passes.
Last day to change from credit to audit grade basis.
Grad tuition and fees (including co-op practicum fees) are due and payable. A 2% penalty will be calculated and posted to your student account every month.
Last date to opt out or change your coverage in the Graduate Health Plan (only if you started school in January).
Last day to drop with no notation on transcript.
Only applicable to new international students: Last day to opt out of Guard.Me@SFU (see medical insurance deadlines).
Early Completion submission deadline of Thesis at 4:00 pm.
Last day to drop with a 75% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees and January U-Pass BC.
Last day for receipt of grades deferred from the Fall 2018 term.
See all the Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2019.
At Simon Fraser University:
- Submit Your Profile: Be Featured On Our Website that offers you the opportunity to position yourself at the forefront of potential employers.
- Call Out for Research Participants: We can help you advertise your SFU ethics-approved research. Research that has been approved by SFU ethics will be featured in a weekly round-up on our blog.
- No New Ethics Submissions from Nov 23, 2018 to Jan 2, 2019, Submit or renew your ethics application by 5PM on Nov 23, 2018 or you will need to wait until Jan 2, 2019.
- StudentCare Mobile allows you to submit your GSS Health & Dental Plan claims quickly and securely.
- My SSP is a free service available to all SFU students for access to immediate or ongoing, confidential support - accessible from anywhere in the world by phone or through the downloadable app.
- The SFSS/GSS legal clinic takes place monthly on the Burnaby campus. Fill out the application to book an appointment.
- The GSS has compiled a list of community resources for graduate students in Metro Vancouver to help with families & children, financial need, food support, legal assistance, & more
- The GSS has partnered with Quest Food Exchange in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
- Matlab at SFU: Installation for Personal Computers for Faculty, Staff, Students or Researchers
- The SFU Snap app can now provide emergency alerts directly to your mobile devices
- SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities
- The Mentor Meet Program, available to entrepreneurs in the SFU Community, allows you to connect with mentorship at all three SFU Campuses
- SFU Recreation has Women's Hours (for self-identified women) in the Aquatics Centre, Fitness Centre and through their Drop-In Sports Program: find out more here
- Open Educational Resource Grants are available through the university
- The SFU Community now has access to the BCC Research full collection of reports for a one-year trial period
- Your Academic Progress Report: Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your go.sfu.ca account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
- Free access to Lynda.com: All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.
- Free Microsoft Office: All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers)
- Graduate Student Business Cards: Graduate students and registered postdoctoral fellows are able to order business cards through SFU Document Solutions. See our website for a walkthrough of how to order.
- James Hayton PhD Coaching blog 60/60 features 60 short videos for PhD students
- The Conversation: Venue designed for academic knowledge translation
- Access Pro Bono will provide you with a 30 minute legal consultation at no charge. You can select the type of legal expertise you require (family law, immigration law, etc.) and select the location/time that is most convenient for you
- Legal Aid provides representation to people with low incomes. They also provide information and other services to all
- UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program is a non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia. They provide free legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance
- Discounted Mobi bikeshare annual memberships for SFU students
- Physical Review gathered together 55 papers by Steven Hawking in a free online collection
- Neighbourhood Small Grants are now available, $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity
- YNAB is Now Free for College Students: If you need to build a budget, the You Need a Budget tool is free for students. Note that all data is stored on a US server. (Bonus reading: Personal Finance in Grad School)
- Psychology PhD student Adam Blanchard is mentioned in "Prisoners professing innocence caught in ‘catch-22’ situation, report says"
- Biological sciences researcher Andreas Fischer is interviewed in "Meet the SFU researcher hoping to put a friendly face on spiders"
- Biological sciences Master's candidate Andreas Fischer is paraphrased in "Pheromones key to trapping spiders without using harmful pesticides"
- ScholCommLab postdoctoral fellow David Moscrop discusses "Cash contributors to B.C.'s electoral reform referendum highlight partisan nature of fight"
- Biological sciences Master's candidate Andreas Fischer is interviewed in "Get Ready For More Spiders!"
- Master's student in Health Sciences Shantelle Medal was mentioned in "Master’s Student Shantelle Medel was interviewed as the winner of Student-Community Engagement Competition"
- Biomedical physiology and kinesiology PhD candidate Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo provides commentary on "Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research"
- Criminology PhD candidate Tarah Hodgkinson discusses about "Survey starts this week"
- Resource & environmental management master's student Richard Farthing-Nichol provides commentary on "Opinion: Pipeline debate needs new direction"
- PhD student in Communications Layla Cameron is interviewed as 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in "Fighting fat stigma"
- SFU Biological sciences PhD alumni, now an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitobais, Kyle Bobbiwash, is interviewed in "Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show"
- Communications PhD student Layla Cameron receives the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy in "Fat activist awarded presitigous prize for work issues about body size and image"
- Geography PhD student Natalia Pérez provides commentary on "Natalia Sofia Pérez and Mari Pighini: Venezuela creating largest migrant crisis in Americas"
- Biomedical physiology and kinesiology professor Peter Ruben and PhD student Reza Ghovanloo are quoted in "How marijuana legalization will — and won't — affect the NHL"
- Biomedical engineering PhD student Sujoy Ghosh Hajra comments on "Brain Vital Sign monitoring moves closer to reality with recent breakthrough findings in the Journal of Translational Medicine"
- Energy and Materials Research Group research associate Chris Bataille is quoted in "LNG: Weighing LNG Canada’s environmental pros and cons"
- Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fellow Alex Boston discusses "Alex Boston: TransLink’s renewable energy leadership a model for bus fleets throughout B.C."
- Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence 2018 Winners
- 15 times that SFU turned into a movie set
- 5 tips to fight procrastination in grad school
- So Your Ph.D. Program Is Not Going ‘As Planned’?
- What not to do when applying for an academic job
- Powering Up Your Résumé for a Nonfaculty Job Search
- Why One Science Professor Has Students Write a Children’s Book
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SFU International Services for Students and Fraser International College cordially invite you to a Holiday Celebration on Nov 29. Join them to celebrate the season with music, entertainment and delicious food! All SFU and FIC students are welcome to attend.
International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program
The International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program is specially designed for teaching assistants and graduate students who speak English as an additional language and helps with their academic communication and teaching skills. It is available as a 3-session or 10-session program. Register now for the spring term. Check out what past participants say about the program!
SFU International's Weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.
Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Our mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community. Consider becoming a mentor for the spring term.
International Graduate Student Coordinator
Need help and don’t know where to start? Connect with Tomke Augustin, International Graduate Student Coordinator. You can find her in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies CAPE Office (MBC 1500). Drop-ins welcome! You can also connect with her via e-mail at email@example.com or at 778-782-9284.
EAL/ESL Support Services for Graduate Students
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your proficiency, we have put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU.
Career Services Support for International Students
Are you planning your career after grad school? Career Services offers international student career support on Burnaby campus. Drop by the Global Student Centre on Wednesdays to get advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and jobs on campus. Or book an appointment.
Support for your partner & family
If you or your partner are looking for work or wanting to settle in Canada, speak with a representative of S.U.C.C.E.S.S to receive information about career mentorship opportunities and settling in BC. Drop by their table at the Global Student Centre every other Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. Stay tuned about upcoming events for graduate students with partner & family and join our SFU-Families Facebook group.
Health & Counselling for International Students
Studying in a new country has many challenges. Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, the Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support. Learn how to make an appointment.
Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally, Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 PM
The Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally group provides students from international pathways with practical skills that will support their growth and success during their time at SFU. Drop-in; no registration required!
The Centre provides a space and numerous events, workshops, and discussion groups for students to live their faith, and to increase the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices.
Passport Stamp Update
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) no longer stamps all passports at airports with Primary Inspection Kiosks, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If you require a stamp, you will need to request one.
US Travel Ban
SFU Student Services has a website for students (and prospective students) affected by the US travel ban including travel advice. Note: SFU has waived application fees for incoming (grad and undergrad) students from the eight affected countries.
Call the Islamophobia Hotline for free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.
Protect yourself from fraud
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- Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students (free to SFU students upon request)
- Western Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students Across Cultures (pdf download). This guide can help you navigate a lot of common communication issues based on cultural assumptions.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:
If you have any immigration related questions, please email Alina Roman, Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator and Immigration Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.
SFU Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), Denver Lynxleg: New location on Burnaby mountain
BOOZHOO! Denver Lynxleg is the Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), She is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday to support Indigenous students’ transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous Graduate Students' holistic academic path through mentorship, workshops, and as a resource mediator. She is honoured to be a visitor on the traditional and unceded territories of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ peoples, on whose traditional territories SFU’s three campuses stand.
- Hours: 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
- Office: Burnaby campus AQ 6085
To book an appointment: call 778-782-9222 or e-mail email@example.com
SFU’s Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter
Subscribe to the Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter to learn more about SFU Indigenous-related events, announcements and important dates. Read the latest issue here.
Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter
Subscribe to the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter to learn more about the latest Indigenous-focused headlines, events and training, funding and job information, as well as resources and other unique opportunities. Subscribe here.
Indigenous Women's Stories of Journeying Through University Towards Their Career
Indigenous female post-secondary graduates, we need your voice. We are looking to identify how post-secondary institutions can increase indigenous female student population, retention and graduation.
Please join us to participate in an individual interview or sharing circle. We would love to hear about your experience succeeding in university and transitioning into your career. Recent graduates from the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Simon Fraser University are welcome to participate. In gratitude, participants will receive a gift card. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
Research Project Contacts:
- Andra Heron, psychology student, MRU: Ahero369@mtroyal.ca
- Janet Miller, PhD. Student Counselling, MRU: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Pidgeon, PhD Faculty of Education, SFU: email@example.com
Conference: Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges, November 10-12, 2018
Join indigenous leaders, grassroots activists, students, NGOs, lawyers, judges, political representatives, forward-thinking businesses people and the general public to register for a new exciting and dynamic conference on Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges.
Visiting Elders Series for SAGE Indigenous Graduate Students, until November 21, 2018
UBC’s Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP will be launching a Faculty of Education Visiting Elders series this upcoming academic year. This is an opportunity for SAGE Indigenous Graduate students to engage with Elders and knowledge keepers and to advance Indigenous priorities in the field of education. Learn more here.
Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, until December 2, 2018
Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts is curated by Lorna Brown and is the third of four exhibitions based upon the Belkin Art Gallery’s research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture. Collective Acts, which taps into the generative potential of archival research by artists into experiments with collective organizing and cooperative production, presenting new work by Dana Claxton, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective, Christine D’Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith, alongside work by Salish Weavers Guild members Mary Peters, Adeline Lorenzetto and Annabel Stewart. Learn more here.
Assistant Professor – Native American Environment, Health and Community, Open until filled
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member with expertise that may be applied in a Native American community context. This position will be one of an interdisciplinary cluster hire focused on Native American Environment, Health and Community. Collaborating units include the School of Nursing, and the School of Human Ecology. Successful candidates will conduct interdisciplinary research, teach courses, mentor students, and contribute to academic service and an academic environment of inclusive excellence. Learn more here.
Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award Webinar, November 8
Open to Indigenous students and allies who have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in their community.
SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation-Connection Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 for 6 months for applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions.
Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award
Up to $5,000 grant for Aboriginal students and fellows to promote interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities; no deadline
Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award
The Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award provides financial support for Indigenous graduate students to present their research at academic conferences. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before conferences to pay for their conference fees and/or travel costs in advance. Disbursements of up to $1000 may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year). For more info connect with Denver Lynxleg, Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Indspire's Building Brighter Futures Program, February 1
Indspire is offering a number of bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students studying in graduate degree programs. These awards are available to Indigenous students studying within Canada, however graduate-level studies outside of Canada will also be considered. Application deadlines are February 1, August 1, and November 1, and of every year.
The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli (email@example.com).
- Hebe Vessuri: Global Participation in Knowledge Production (President's Dream Colloquium): Free public lecture, 5:30-7:00 PM, Thursday, November 8, 2018, SFU Burnaby Campus
- Fall 2018 Colloquium Seminars: Curating Gender Across Networks: Free Tuesday talks hosted by Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 1:00-2:30 PM. November 13, 2018
- Talk: Library: an informal conversation with the Dean of Libraries at Surrey campus. November 13, 2018
- GIS Day Talks and Presentations: An annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the GIS community, free to attend, November 14, 2018, SFU Downtown Campus
- Proportional Representation Best Reflects the Will of the People: A Debate on BC’s Electoral Future: Oxford-style debate at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. November 15, 2018
- FASS Mitacs Funding Opportunities: Free info session for FASS graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Burnaby campus, 2:30-4:00 PM. November 16, 2018
- The Data Visionaries Series: Transportation and AI: Free public lectures hosted by KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative, November 14 & 21, 2018
- SFU President's Faculty Lecture - Dr. Richard Vaughan: Free public lecture at Surrey campus. November 21, 2018
- Robin DeRosa: The Future of the Public Mission of Universities (President's Dream Colloquium): Free public lecture, 5:30-7:00 PM, Thursday, November 22, 2018, SFU Burnaby Campus
- United Way Events: Book sale at three campuses. November 20-29, 2018
- Yoga for the Mind: 9:30 - 10:20 AM Wednesdays and Fridays, Loren Davis Complex at Burnaby campus, continuous
- Veggie Lunch: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday at Burnaby campus, continuous
- Freezie Fridays: 12 PM at Burnaby campus, continuous
- Scientific Programming Study Group at SFU: Weekly meetings for peer-facilitated study-sessions dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. Meetings every Tuesday at 3 pm in the Research Commons (see their videos). All welcome, regardless of level.
- The Economics CRABE Lab: $15-20/hour, ongoing sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours; no deadline
- Info Session: RADIUS Fellowship (2019 Cohort), November 8, RADIUS Office, Charles Chang Innovation Centre
- Visiting Elders Series for SAGE Indigenous Graduate Students, until November 21, 2018, UBC
- Southern killer whales and protected marine areas film night, The Hive Vancouver, November 8
- EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Ballroom, until November 10
- Explore the Chung Collection Exhibit, UBC, until December 20
- Douglas Coupland’s Vortex, Vancouver Aquarium, until April 2019
- Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, Museum of Vancouver, Thursdays until September 2019
- Brahm's Tams Drum Circle on Third Beach Stanley Park, every Tuesday
- Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, UBC, until December 2, 2018
- RAPS Cat Sanctuary, Sundays until December 31, 2020, 3380 No 6 Road, Richmond
Ideas from the Trenches - Call out to PhD students
CBC want to turn your PhD research into a 54-minute Ideas episode that would be part of their regular feature on the program called "Ideas from the Trenches". Deadline: November 16, 2018
Student-Community Engagement Competition
$19,000 in awards is available for innovative student projects designed to engage communities and have positive social impact. Deadline: November 30, 2018
Graduate Student Conference
The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CEPSI-CIPSS) from Université de Montréal and McGill University, in collaboration with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CEPI-CIPS) from University of Ottawa are calling for communications for their annual graduate student conference. Deadline: November 30, 2018
SFU's Student Experience Initiative
The Student Experience Initiative (SEI) aims to enhance the experience of students by developing high-impact opportunities for engagement with the SFU community. Visit https://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/SEI.html to learn more and learn about the various ways you can participate.
Interact Arbutus Greenway Study
Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway project is transforming a historic railway into a vibrant corridor for people to walk, cycle, roll, and connect. Will its development make the city a happier and healthier place to be? We’re uniting hundreds of Vancouverites to find out.
TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program provides transformational support to a global community of 450+ innovators who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world.
Beyond citations: from academia to the workplace
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) invites graduate students to submit an executive summary of their research to be published on the CCDI website. Research could include a thesis, a chapter, a report, or any other previous publications. Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year CCDI individual practitioner subscription (value: $199).