February 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 Spring Awards Timeline.
External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows
Postdoctoral funding database: allows postdoctoral fellows to search for funding opportunities
- Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
- 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 & Postdoctoral awards available through external agencies:
- Nominations for the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, nominate someone whose work presents a new perspective on the world; deadline: February 15, 2019
- Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition, it provides numerous prizes totalling over $75K in cash and in-kind prizes available; deadline: February 24, 2019
- National Student Paper Competition, Canadian students in Masters and PhD programs are invited to submit their research papers on issues that impact the Canadian Public Service and service excellence for Canadians. deadline: November 2018 to February 2019
- Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program, it offers 3,000 Yuan for Master’s students and 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars; deadline: March 1, 2019
- Engineers Canada Scholarships, six scholarships totaling $60,000 will be awarded; deadline: March 1, 2019
- AGE-WELL Emerging Entrepreneur Award in Technology and Aging, this $25,000 award is designed to give a new entrepreneur the financial resources to focus on making their ideas a viable business; deadline: March 8, 2019
- The Weston Brain Institute Funding Opportunities, list of The Weston Brain Institute funding opportunities open in Jan 2019; deadline: March 13, 2019
- Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, it awards $3,500 to BA/MA Economics or MBA students who is the recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics; deadline: May 15, 2019
- Research Training Awards, it awards a $20,000 stipend and a $2,500 research and travel allowance to students enrolled in full-time research training — focusing on occupational illness, injury and disability; deadline: March 22, 2019
- 2019 Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarship for Canadian Women, two scholarships for Canadian women in the amount of $7,500; deadline: March 30, 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
- 2019 BC Indigenous Student Awards, BC Indigenous Student Awards (Apprenticeship, Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees) and BC Indigenous Teacher Education Awards are now available through the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society; deadline: March 31, 2019
- The Indigenous Arts & Stories Competition, create a writing or art piece that explores Indigenous heritage or culture; deadline: March 31, 2019
- Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship, The $2,000 scholarship funds research on the protection of minority and human rights in Canada in order to reduce the potential for abuse of cultural minorities; deadline: April 1, 2019
- Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students, open to Indigenous PhD students in Arts or Science other than Queen’s University; deadline: April 1, 2019
- Pacific Northwest Shell Club Scholarship, this scholarship is available to any graduate student doing work on mollusks in the Pacific Northwest; deadline: April 1, 2019
- 2019 Health System Impact Fellowship supports provides PhD trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy or related fields with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations including health authorities, as they apply their research and analytic talents to specific health policy challenges faced by their hosts; deadline: April 2, 2019
- Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health, this $2000 award supports graduate student research on environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives; deadline: May 10, 2019
- Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics, It awards $3,500 to BA/MA Economics or MBA students who is the recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics; deadline: May 15, 2019
- RADIUS Opportunities, a list of RADIUS opportunities which includes funding, a fellowship, labs, and more; various deadlines
- IGH Funding Opportunities, trainee Travel Award, Transitions in Care (Team Grant), Transitions in Care - Evaluation Grants (Operating Grant); various deadlines
- 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
- Spring 2019 External Doctoral Opportunities Roundup: A list of external doctoral opportunities
- Even more databases which list awards from around the world
- Mitacs Accelerate Internship Opportunities, 4-12 months internship opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) to start as soon as possible. Open until filled
- 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.
- Left & Mitacs Research Grant, offering 16 post graduate positions, alongside co-op positions, over the next 3 years. Various deadlines.
Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at email@example.com. Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.
- 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.
- Big Data Developer, 1 position with $69,723 To $83,262 Annually for 72 hours biweekly; deadline: Mar 31, 2019
- TA for a Summer or Fall field course at BMSC, deadline for summer course: Mar 1, 2019; deadline for fall course: Apr 30, 2019
- Program Coordinator, 1 position with $23-28/hr from July 15-26. Open until filled.
- Shanti Uganda Internships, it is accepting interns for work placements in Uganda. Come live, work, travel and experience life in Uganda while gaining professional skills and supporting maternal health. Positions available year round for 4 month placements in programs, monitoring & evaluation, communications/social media, permaculture, and global health; various deadlines
- 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)
- Adzuna, a job search engine sourcing 100+ thousand jobs from hundreds of sites and providing statistics for job-seeking students
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Allison is also available to meet you and your supervisor at any of SFU's campuses.
Signing up for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Heats now!
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.
Start Preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition now, with Professional Development Workshops!
Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking, February 28, 2019
Does your chest tighten when you speak publicly? Does your delivery become awkward when you face an audience? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will introduce techniques to increase your confidence, vocal power and ability to communicate in a relaxed way. 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
Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom, March 14, 2019
Are you ready to trade your sleep-inducing monotone for a richer and more exciting sound? In this two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles you will learn to apply the musician’s tools of melody and rhythm to become a more confident, colourful and dynamic speaker. 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
Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections, March 28, 2019
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
Private Voice Sessions, until April 9, 2019
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. Each session will be 45 minutes and available to individuals or small groups who would like to explore the potential of voice work. By appointment
Start Preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition now, with Professional Development Workshops!
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 email@example.com.
- Let's Talk! (Click link for specific dates and locations)
Select Mondays & Wednesdays
- Academic Writing for Graduate Students (EAL) (Click link for specific dates)
Mondays & Wednesdays- 10:30am to 12:20pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Research Software, Research Data Management
- Introduction to QGIS
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Introduction to Cartography
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 2245
- How Charts Lie -- Getting Smarter About Visual Information
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7000
- Plan Data
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Secure data
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Clean data
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Intro to Geospatial Data with R
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Introduction to R (2-day workshop)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Using yt for analysis and visualization of volumetric data in Python
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Hands-on with Tableau
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1600
- Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors (2-day workshop)
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Advanced NVivo for Windows
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009
- Data Analysis with R
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Advanced NVivo for Mac
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: Creating Story Maps
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Thesis Boot Camp
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1410-1430
- Thesis Boot Camp
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1410-1430
- Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: Finding Your Voice (Click link for specific times, dates and locations)
Select Mondays & Fridays
- Write Conversations: Everything in 250 words or less: Writing abstracts
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: Managing Writing Anxiety
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: What is a Literature Review?
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Mapping Socio-Demographic Data in QGIS
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Check out the Research Commons February Workshops Calendar
Career and Professional Development Workshop Series Session 1 -- Getting Started
You’ll take stock of your current situation, interests and strengths; explore your values and priorities; and identify future possibilities using an evidence-based approach that allows for a deep dive into your stories and experiences from different chapters of your life. February 6th - 2:00-4:00pm or February 20th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
Career and Professional Development Workshop Series Session 2 -- Connecting the Dots and Prioritizing
You’ll distill and prioritize what matters most to you and craft a Career Statement that will act like a compass and set you up for creating, recognizing and acting upon clues and opportunities to move forward. February 13th - 2:00-4:00pm or March 6th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
Career and Professional Development Workshop Series Session 3 -- Taking Action and Moving Forward
Intentional exploration and taking action is 'where the rubber hits the road'. You’ll devise an action plan and identify ways to take meaningful actions to make well-informed career, work, and life choices. February 27th - 2:00-4:00pm or March 20th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
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.
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.
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.
Criterion on Demand Film Resources
It gives current Simon Fraser University students, faculty and staff access to more than 3000 classic films of educational relevance, including 1500 in English, 1100 in French, and 135 in foreign languages with subtitles. Learn more here.
Family Day. All classes and offices closed.
Reading break. Classes canceled. (Please note: this is for applicable departments only.)
Last day to drop with a 50% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees or January/February U-Passes.
Registration opens for Summer 2019 term.
Last day for graduate students to drop classes with a WD on their transcripts.
Deadline for other Western universities to receive application forms for graduate students to take courses elsewhere under the Western Deans' Agreement.
See all the Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2019.
At Simon Fraser University:
- Re-Opening of Ethics Database, the existing Human Ethics system, Ethics Database, has been re-opened to accept new applications, amendments and renewals.
- 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.
- 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
- Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, contains 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.
Now's the time to start preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)!
- 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
- 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)
- Communication PhD candidate Kamyar Razavi provides commentary on "How journalists can rebut Trump’s "fake news" claims"
- Scholarly Communications Lab researcher David Moscrop is interviewed in "Will Jagmeet Singh win the Burnaby-South byelection?"
- Postdoctoral fellows, Fatemeh Torabi Asr discusses "Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media"
- Resource and environmental management researcher Jenn Burt is interviewed in "SFU study looking into disappearing starfish"
- Biological sciences researcher David Shiffman is mentioned in "Reintroduced Shark Trade Bill Promotes Successful U.S. Conservation Policies at Global Level"
- Engineering science PhD student Shaun Fickling is featured in "New monitoring software suggests sub-concussive blows cause brain function changes"
- Engineering science PhD student Shaun Fickling is featured in "BC technology used to study concussions"
- Engineering science PhD student Shaun Fickling discusses about "Concussion concerns"
- Biological sciences researcher David Shiffman is interviewed in "Divers swim with great white shark"
- Anthropology Master’s Student Michelle La is interviewed in "Michelle La, SFU Anthropology Master’s Student, Shares Her Graduate Student Experience"
- Engineering Science Doctoral Student Shaun Fickling is interviewed in "Shaun Fickling, SFU Engineering Science Doctoral Student, Shares His Graduate Student Experience"
- Pest Management Master’s Student Danielle Hoefele is interviewed in "Danielle Hoefele, SFU Pest Management Master’s Student, Shares Her Graduate Student Experience"
- Biological sciences PhD candidate Philippe Fernandez-Fournier is quoted in "Parasitic Wasp Larvae Force Young Social Spiders into Deadly Hermitage"
- Biomedical physiology and kinesiology PhD student Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo provides commentary on "Researchers Are Studying Cannabis for Promising Anti-seizure Medication"
- Communication PhD candidate Kamyar Razavi provides commentary on "How journalists can rebut Trump's 'fake news' claims"
- Global Tobacco Control Research Programme researcher Benoît Gomis is quoted in "Hezbollah’s Backing of Maduro May Shine Light on Links With Venezuela"
- Biological sciences researcher David Shiffman is quoted in "Shark fin is banned in 12 U.S. states—but it's still on the menu"
- Scholarly Communications Lab researcher David Moscrop is interviewed in "Is there political strategy involved in Justin Trudeau's cabinet shuffle?"
- Resource & environmental management PhD candidate Jenn Burt is interviewed in "Sea Star Survival Concerns"
- Biological sciences Master's candidate Karlyn Zurowski is mentioned in "New Prospect for Wireworm Control"
- Beedie PhD student Vanessa Shum is quoted in "Skills shortage challenge: Recruitment and retention"
- 10 Tips to Help You ‘Win’ at Graduate School
- How to prepare a teaching dossier
- Your graduate skills are always transferable
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International Graduate Student Lunch’n’Chat
Join the weekly Lunch'n'Chat to hang out with other international graduate students. Wednesdays until March 27, 2019; 12:00-1:00 PM, location TBA
Spouses & Partners Meetup
Come join the weekly Spouse & Partner Meetup to connect with others, share experiences, and navigate life in Greater Vancouver together. Mondays February 4 – April 29, 2019; 10:00-11:00 AM, SFU Women’s Centre, All Genders Resource Area (TC 3014), SFU Burnaby Campus. Next week’s topic: Things to do in Vancouver’s winter.
Let's Talk Taxes: support for international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
Support for international postdoctoral fellows and graduate students' to help you learn how to navigate the Canadian tax system in the most efficient, enjoyable, and money-wise way possible. February 21, Blusson Hall 10921, Burnaby campus. Reserve your seat.
Employment and Settlement Support
International grad students, are you wanting to settle in Canada, or do you need help with your job search? Come and see Xinge (Career Peer) and Sam (Settlement Specialist) for tips about settling in Canada, interviews, resumes, cover letters, finding jobs, and more. Your spouse/partner is welcome to drop-in as well! February 6, 13 and 27, various locations.
SFU International's Bi-weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a bi-weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.
SFU ISS Resources
Handouts available to answer your questions around study permits, health insurance, and housing: Resources for New Graduate Students and Medical Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions. See all of their Resources and Handouts.
Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Their mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 778-782-9284.
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. Plan ahead and register now for the summer term. Check out what past participants say about the program!
EAL 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.
Support for your partner & family
Your partner is welcome to join the Spouses & Partners Meetup on Mondays 10-11 AM to meet other spouses/partners and discuss topics to navigate life in Vancouver. 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 various locations every other Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. If your spouse/partner would like to participate in the Tandem language exchange, keep an eye on the registration period for the Summer term. 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.
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
Protect yourself from fraud by finding out how to prevent fraud and how to report those who commit it.
- 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) Reflecting Upon our Journeys: Leading the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence Call For Submissions
This year the IGSS will be held at SFU Vancouver March 15-16, 2019 Keynote speakers: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Dr. Margaret Kovach.
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: email@example.com
- Michelle Pidgeon, PhD Faculty of Education, SFU: firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 BC Indigenous Student Awards, March 31, 2019
BC Indigenous Student Awards (Apprenticeship, Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees) and BC Indigenous Teacher Education Awards are now available through the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.
Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students, April 1, 2019
Open to Indigenous PhD students in Arts or Science other than Queen’s University.
Indspire's Building Brighter Futures Program, August 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.
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 email@example.com
Indigitization-Toolkit for the digitization of First Nations Knowledge Grant
Up to 10 k in matching funds/project supporting audio cassette digitization projects in First Nations and Aboriginal communities across BC.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS: Free public lectures until March 27, 2019
- Building a Culture of Well-being and Support on Campus: 12:00 - 1: 30 PM, March 5, RSVP by February 27
- Book + Speakers Series: 6 - 8 PM, February 7, Room 7000 - 515 West Hastings Street, SFU Vancouver
- Keynote: How Charts Lie with Alberto Cairo: 1:30 - 3:00 PM, February 8, room 7000 at SFU Vancouver
- Research Data Symposium: 10:00 - 4:40 PM, February 11, Applied Sciences Building 10908, SFU Burnaby
- Managing Up: The Student-Supervisor Relationship: 12:45 - 1:45 PM, February 13, SFU Vancouver
- Challenging Impostor Syndrome: 10:00 - 11:00 AM, February 13, SFU Vancouver
- The Data Love-in: February 14, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Room 10908 and 10900), SFU Burnaby
- Hands-on with Tableau: 99:00 AM - 5:00 PM, February 15, Harbour Centre, Rm 1600, SFU Vancouver
- Career and Professional Development Workshop Series -Session 1 (Getting Started): 4:30 - 6:30 PM, February 20, Library Room 7010, Burnaby Campus
- Career and Professional Development Workshop Series -Session 2 (Connecting the Dots and Prioritizing): 2:00 - 4:00 PM, February 13 or 4:30 - 6:30 PM, March 6, Library Room 7010, Burnaby Campus
- Building better 'Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (GLAM) Labs’: 10:30 - 4:30, February 25, SFU Burnaby
- Career and Professional Development Workshop Series -Session 3 (Taking Action and Moving Forward): 2:00 - 4:00 PM, February 27 or 4:30 - 6:30 PM, March 20, Library Room 7010, Burnaby Campus
- Schwarzman Scholars Info Session: 12:30 - 1:20 PM, February 27, Robert C Brown Hall 8100, SFU Burnaby
- FASS Careers and Networking Event: 9 AM - 4 PM, March 1, Diamond Family Auditorium, Convocation Mall, SFU Burnaby
- 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
- 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
- Person-Centred Care for Older Adults with Dementia in BC and Hong Kong: 9:30-12:30 May 6-7, 2019, Segal Centre (1400-1430) | SFU Vancouver Campus
- Montreal Canadiens Alumni Charity Game, Bill Copeland Sports Centre, February 9
- ComSciCon-PNW workshop, Waterfront Activities Center on the UW campus in Seattle, April 12 - 13, apply by February 9
- Crisis Communications Boot Camp 3, Vancouver, February 21-22, 2019
- 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
- Workshops in GIS & R, BMSC, until March 9, 2019
- RAPS Cat Sanctuary, Sundays until December 31, 2020, 3380 No 6 Road, Richmond
Seeking Research Participants: Visual Cognition with Learning Analytics
Open to individuals who have completed IAT 201 or IAT. Deadline: February 16
Call All Researchers: Apply to Present at Innovations in Research
SFU Public Space is now accepting presenter submissions for this dynamic and interactive symposium taking place Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at SFU’s Vancouver campus. Deadline: March 4
Seeking Research Participants: Wavslang Study - Audiovisual speech perception of simultaneity
Open to Male native English speakers. Deadline: March 30
Seeking Research Participants: Mental Health and Perceived Loneliness Among Widowed Older Adults: Exploring the Effects of Gender and Social Support
Open to all older adults who are between the ages of 65-85 and identify as widowed. Deadline: May 17
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.
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).