July 5, 2021 | Digest No. 258


SFU Study Abroad July, 2021 Exchange Info Session

Attend an Exchange Info session to learn about the benefits of participating in an exchange, short-term study program, and/or virtual exchange, and how to pick what is best for you. With over 130 partner institutions in 45 destinations around the world, there are options for all disciplines. We’ll also cover costs & funding, eligibility & general application steps. Study Abroad and COVID-19 considerations and resources will also be covered. 

Time: Tuesday, July 13 at 12:30 pm (PT)

Click here to register.

Get SFU-Ready: New International Student Q & A

The session will cover key topics for new international students at SFU, and give you a chance to ask any questions as you prepare to join our SFU community.

Dates in July and August. Learn more:


ICYMI - BPK Information Sessions

Unable to join the BPK Information Sessions last week or just want to review? Feel free to check out the recordings from each session.

STEM and Settler Colonialism

We recognize that our research, teaching, and learning are pursued within a settler colonial context, but what does that really mean and what we are called to do about it? Join us for the Faculty of Science’s 4-week STEM and Settler Colonialism reading group, that will meet on July 6, 15, 22, and 29th. Open to all Science students, faculty, and staff this initiative is intended for settlers who are starting their education and engagement with these topics and realities. Let’s study and struggle together! Learn more and sign-up here:

If you have any specific questions about this initiative, you can contact:

Thomas Leischner
Student Engagement Coordinator
Pronouns: He/Him

Study Hall @ Home

Are you feeling isolated working alone in this remote learning environment? Is it more difficult than ever to stay focused and motivated? Are your best time management efforts being put to the test? 

Study Hall @ Home will provide you with a dedicated time and space to work in a supported environment alongside other students.

Students are welcome to join other students in a supportive virtual space during these dedicated study times (more times expected for the Fall term):

Mondays 6-8pm
Thursdays 11am-1pm

During the sessions, Writing & Learning Peer Educators, and Science & Math Peer Tutors are on hand to introduce a new study and learning tip and to provide academic support and referrals at students' request. Students may register for upcoming sessions here.

COVID-19 Information

*The BC Government’s official COVID-19 response app. The latest updates, resources, symptom tracking, and self-assessment.

*The Federal Government of Canada official Covid-19 response page.  The latest updates, prevention & risk, self-assessment tool, information for preparation & more.

Information On SFU'S Response to Covid-19
Your best resource – for students, staff & faculty:  SFU’s COVID-19 FAQ.  If you have a question about SFU’s response that is not covered in the FAQ, please email it to   The team will work to get you an answer. If you have an organization-wide addition to the FAQs, please email your suggestion to Angela at      

Health & Counselling
Comprehensive health services, including COVID-19 & Mental Wellness found here

* Faculty & Staff support

Stay safe and continue to support each other!

Academic announcements

BPK 343 Enrollment Information

If you plan to enroll in BPK 343 for Fall, please apply for your criminal records check now. (If you have done one in the past, it is valid for 5 years unless there is a break in your studies at SFU)

Before students can enroll in BPK 343, they need to have completed a Criminal Records Check. By law, SFU cannot accept CRC's done through other agencies including the RCMP. Students with criminal record checks conducted through agencies other than the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are still expected to fulfill this requirement. Further, the process for a Criminal Record Check must be undertaken by SFU only.

More information on the process for a Criminal Records Check and the form required can be found at:

The BPK Advisor cannot enter a waiver as this would be overriding the mandatory SFU requirement/procedure, and this would be a liability issue.

Welcome Guides for International and Newcomer Students

These step-by-step guides are tailored for new international and newcomer students from different pathways. Download your checklist and complete all the required steps as you prepare to start your studies at SFU. Learn more:

Academic Resource Links

*  Exchange Students Covid-19
refer here for more information.

* Remote Study & Work

* Comprehensive Student Support (Grades, Withdrawals, Advising, student services, International Students, Available Resources, Financial, Co-op and more)

Academic Advising

***  All in-person advising is cancelled.  Remote advising will continue via phone.  Please include a contact Phone Number in the "description" when booking appointments through the website. 

**  Please have Academic Transcripts on-hand for appointments.  Follow this think for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:




10am – 11:40am


10am – 11:40am
2pm – 3pm


10am – 11am
2pm - 3pm


10am - 11am
2pm – 3:40pm


10am - 11am

*Please Note: When booking an appointment always make sure you are looking at the correct dates. Click "go to this week" to make sure you are on the current week.

If you are not available for drop-in times, or are unable to make an appointment, you may contact the academic advisor here. When contacting the advisor, please always include your full first and last name, your student number, and attach your advising transcript. Download your advising transcript from your student centre at go.sfu.caUnder Academics select Other Academic... and choose Transcript: Advising.


Special Topics Course:  BISC 475

BISC is planning to offer a Special Topics Course:  BISC 475 Environmental Microbiology.

Could life on earth survive without microbes? Find out more in BISC 475 Environmental Microbiology.

The requisite is BISC 303 with grade of at least C-.  Detailed outline is available here.  

Study in French at SFU - FSL Bursary Program $3000

It’s rewarding to be bilingual!

Are you a newly admitted first-year student commencing your undergraduate studies this Fall 2020?
Parles-tu français? Have you considered continuing your studies in French? Pourquoi pas?

You could be eligible for a $3,000 bursary.

Check out SFU’s undergraduate programs in French.

Contact the Department of French student advisor, Hélène Pouliot, to discuss your options.

FSL Bursary Program Eligibility:
As a first-year student, you would be eligible if

  • you are a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency
  • English is your first official language spoken
  • you are studying full-time for the academic year, both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms
  • over the two terms, an average of 50% of your courses and related activities are in French
  • you enroll in an undergraduate program option taught in French (which could be in addition to your program of admission)

See the full list of eligibility criteria and details about related activities in French:

Find out more about the FSL Bursary Program.

You can apply online starting July 19!

The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program (FSL Bursary Program), administered by the Association des collèges et université de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), is designed to encourage English-speaking students to pursue post-secondary studies in French. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Minor in Gerontology

A Gerontology Minor is a great complement to your Major if you anticipate working with older adults in the future.

Benefits of the GERO MINOR include:
- you get enrollment priority in Gero courses 
- you can use the minor courses as prerequisite courses to the MA in Gerontology if you wish to pursue studies in aging 
- Gero 300 (Intro to Gerontology) is a Breadth Designated course 

The Department of Gerontology offers online and in class courses at the Harbour Centre campus.  

The Gero minor is 18 or 15 credits: 
Gero 101 + 15 elective credits (5 courses) or Gero 300 + 12 elective  credits (4 courses). 

Details are at:  

There is a schedule of upcoming Gero courses at:

To declare a minor or for further info. email me at with the request and attach an advising transcript.

 Fall 2021 Semester by the Salish Sea

Are you interested in learning about the ecology, history, and political realities of living in a coastal city on the edge of the Salish Sea?

Semester by the Salish Sea is a full-time, W-designated, 15-credit semester (DIAL 390W, DIAL 391W, & DIAL 392W). It is perfect for students looking for an exciting multidisciplinary experience where they will form connections with their peers and industry professionals while exploring a wide range of issues connected to blue urbanism, sea level rise, coastal development and ocean life.

The semester will be an immersive, team learning environment combining interdisciplinary skills with the complexity of collaborating within a group setting. The course combines the processes of dialogue and human-centered design. Students will engage with communities and research existing issues in order to design projects to improve the world around them. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind about project scope to the program.  

  • 20 students
  • No lectures or exams
  • Access to leading thinkers
  • 1:1 mentorship

Students will cultivate the skills necessary to conduct dialogues, public presentations, and multi-stakeholder discussions. The course offers facilitation and dialogue experience, field trips, reflective writing, on-the-ground training, leadership development, group process, and project management skills. 

The course will be taught by Professor of Professional Practice Janet Moore, interdisciplinary designer, facilitator and educator Sarah Hay, and Decolonization and Urban Indigenous Planning Fellow Ginger Gosnell-Myers. It will take place at SFU Harbor Centre Campus Monday thru Friday 9:30-3:30. Boots for walking along the ocean shore required. 

Interested students should email with their application form, resume, unofficial transcripts, and reference letters (optional). 

More info on how to apply here.

If you have any questions about course content or are interested in getting involved, you can connect with instructor Janet Moore at

The Semester is open to students of all academic backgrounds who have completed 45 credits prior to beginning the program. Students who have completed credits for DIAL 393 and DIAL 394 are not eligible to participate in the program.


SFU Tandem Language Exchange Program

SFU Tandem is now hiring Program Facilitators for its Fall 2021 Session! Want to be part of a community of diverse cultures and languages? Looking to add more hours to your Co-Curricular Record? Join our team today! To apply visit:

Opportunity ID: 5486

Deadline: August 8th, 2021 at 11:59PM

Global Connections Program

Be part of the Global Community at SFU! Join the Global Connections Program to take advantage of 1-on-1 and group mentorship opportunities. You will also meet other SFU students through various virtual events and socials during the term. Visit the program website to learn more and register:

Faculty of Science pilot opportunity for non-faculty inventors and innovators

Dear undergraduate/graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other non-faculty researchers.

We are pleased to announce that SFU Innovates is expanding its support for SFU non-faculty inventors in the Faculty of Science. Our goal is to inspire our non-faculty inventors to invent and innovate by helping you raise the readiness level of your technology, so that you can engage with our Technology Licensing Office (TLO) to discuss patenting and licensing opportunities.

Neil Branda, who is also the executive director of one of SFU’s core facilities, 4D LABS, has recently joined SFU Innovates as its director of technology readiness & prototyping. Before approaching the TLO directly, current and aspiring non-faculty inventors should contact Neil by email at, to plan how to develop their ideas further and discuss the appropriate programs, resources and mentors SFU has to offer.

No matter the stage of your innovation journey, reach out to Neil to:

  • Consult on your research-based innovations and ideas;
  • Discuss SFU’s suite of programs and resources; and
  • Connect you with other SFU mentors and industry leaders.

SFU Innovates is the university’s innovation strategy with a mission to engage SFU researchers, staff and students with our communities and partners to solve societal challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit

We welcome you to join our community of innovators,

Elicia Maine
Special Advisor on Innovation to the Vice-President, Research and International
Simon Fraser University

Neil Brand
SFU Innovates Director of Technology Readiness & Prototyping
Simon Fraser University

Research participant recruitment

Employment Opportunities



Student Volunteer Opportunity


My name is Olga Kaamkarova. I am a semi-quadriplegic person and I am looking for Students from the Kinesiology Department to Volunteer for me in order to help me to carry on a set of exercises and stretches. I had in the past various Volunteers from the Kinesiology Department at SFU and their help has been very valuable to me. They also reported to me of having benefited from this experience. In most cases, when required, I have given them a Reference Letter for their own application purposes.

The tasks with me will be clearly defined and simple to execute. I will train a volunteer for one hour session in my home (near Kingsway and Joyce). They just have to follow instructions.

Right now I need volunteers for 1 hour session once a week


  • Monday starting at either 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 14:15, or 14:30 for one hour
  • Wednesday starting at either 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 14:15, or 14:30 for one hour
  • Friday starting at either 14:15 or 14:30 for one hour  

Please contact me by e-mail if you are interested. 

Thank you,


SEDS Canada Is Hiring!

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is a National Non-Profit with the mission of providing Canadian Students with unique projects, research programs, and professional development opportunities in the Canadian government, industrial and institutional space sectors. These are unpaid positions. If you want to work with incredible students and professionals who are passionate about space this is an amazing opportunity! 🚀

Apply here:

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‘Pure gold’ BPK manager earns SFU Staff Achievement Award

SFU NEWS - July 1, 2021

Van Truong, a BPK Manager, Academic & Administrative Services, is featured. 

CLICK HERE for the full article

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