August 03, 2021 | Digest No. 262


Strengthening Grant Applications with Knowledge User Engagement: Considerations for CIHR, MSFHR and Beyond Webinar

Many grant competitions, including the CIHR Project Grant and most Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research opportunities, now require or strongly encourage engagement of knowledge users in grant applications and research project plans. Knowledge users vary based on context, but typically include community members, patients and families with lived experience of a health issue, health care providers, and health system administrators as active partners in the research process.

The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre specializes in engaging these knowledge user groups for health research, and has expertise in building engagement and knowledge translation plans into grant applications. This webinar will offer tools to help you strengthen your approach to engagement and effectively communicate that approach to review committees.

Please join us on Wednesday August 18th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Contact Brittney Schichter, Research Navigator, at for more information.

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:


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.


Fall 2021 WL Courses - Seats Still Available

WL 202 – North/South Intersections
Calling all sci-fi fanatics! Take WL 202 this fall and learn how science fiction literature isn’t just the laws of science, but reflections of cultural anxieties and concerns too:
WL 330: Adapting World Literature for the Screen
Interesting in screen writing? Well now is your chance! Take WL 330 in the fall and explore the science and art of screenwriting as you adapt a novel form World Literature for the screen:

WL 400 – Early Literary Cultures: Christianity
Take WL 400 this fall and view Christianity through the literary lens!  Explore Christianity in its texts and contexts and end by tracing one of  its runners westward in a vagabonding story of medieval saints:

Opportunity for BPK 498 (Directed Study - Experiential) in Clinical Pedorthics

Dr. Dave Clarke (BPK Faculty member) and Dr. Michael Ryan, a certified pedorthist, Head of Product, Brand and Innovation at The Kintec Group, and Adjunct Professor in BPK, are offering a co-supervised directed study (BPK 498) in clinical pedorthics for the Fall 2021 term. The goal of the course is for the student to learn the process of clinical research in the field of pedorthics. The principal responsibility of the student will be to assist with a study that evaluates the success of a novel proprietary insole design intended for patients with knee osteoarthritis, and to prepare a research report on the findings. Details here.

Eligibility and how to apply:

To apply, please email BOTH Dr. Michael Ryan ( and Dr. Dave Clarke ( the following materials:

  • a cover letter stating your interest, commitment, and highlights of your qualifications.
  • an up-to-date advising transcript
  • an up-to-date resume/CV
  • the names and contacts of up to three references, at least one from an academic setting and one from a community-based employment or volunteer setting.

CLICK HERE for full detail

IS 105 D100 Around the World through Film (3 credits)

Looking for an elective course?  Love watching films?  Interested in global issues?

Check out IS 105 D100 Around the World through Film (B-Soc/B-Hum)!

  • Schedule: Thursdays, 230-420PM lecture + tutorial
  • Location: WMC 3260, Burnaby campus
  • Instructor: Dr. Darren Byler

Course outline:

IS 105 explores how contemporary economic, and political challenges shape and reflect the aspirations and struggles of ordinary people in countries around the world. Using both fiction and documentary film as a way of grounding ourselves in the material worlds outside of North America the class will consider specific sites of global interconnection. For instance, thinking with fiction films such as Jia Zhangke’s 24 City we will examine the role of labour conditions in shaping gender roles and social futures. Critically examining the Dardenne brothers’ Young Ahmed we will consider how class position and citizenship intersect with racialization, and the effects of colonial legacies, political policy and Islamophobia in migrant experiences. Drawing on recent documentaries such as Matt Hill's Are You Scared Yet, Human? (that features a cameo from the course instructor!), we will think through the effects of surveillance and new media in the lives of racialized populations. Documentary short films such as Anders Hammer's Do Not Split will help us conceptualize the potential for human liberation in the face of state violence. We will explore each topic in the context of specific geographic locations and historical moments, with the goal of becoming better acquainted with particular histories, cultures, economies, and political systems at global, national and subnational levels.

  • Students may not use this course towards their IS program but there is space to explore and take electives outside of one’s program.
  • Non-IS students can use this course towards their B-Soc or B-Hum requirements.

MSc or PhD in Exercise Physiology

Are you interested in pursuing an MSc or PhD in exercise physiology at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital?

The Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology (CPEP) Laboratory is recruiting new students interested in pursuing graduate studies in human exercise physiology.  The CPEP laboratory is located within the world renowned UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital.  The lab studies the physiological mechanisms and management of exercise limitation and breathlessness across the full spectrum of health and fitness, including elite athletes to those suffering from chronic cardiorespiratory diseases.  Students will work under the mentorship of Dr. Jordan Guenette and will collaborate with physicians, scientists, and graduate students from multiple institutions around the world.  The following links provide more details about these exciting opportunities:

MSc position:

PhD position:

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 now until September 19, 2021!

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.

 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.


Tandem Fall 2021 - Participant Registration Open

Want to improve your Arabic? Your English? Your French? Your Cantonese? Or any other language? “Tandem” is a method of language  learning that pairs up two people who want to learn each others’  languages. Learn French while teaching Spanish, or improve your English  while helping someone improve their Mandarin. SFU Tandem will pair you with someone on campus while facilitating casual language learning and conversation sessions!

Register today at Deadline to apply is August 22nd, 2021.

Praxis SCI Incubate Program

Praxis SCI Incubate is an 18-week program designed for early-stage innovation projects that address care- and cure-related treatments and quality of life for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Praxis launches the second SCI Incubate Program for pre-prototype ventures October 2021! Learn how SCIIncubate advances healthtech to the next level with $25K (CAD) funding, SCI consumer + research validation, and commercialization expertise

Praxis SCI Ideation Challenge

Missed out on Ideation Clinic's early bird registrations? They're accepting video & concept pitches for their Demo Day. Submit a pitch for assessment & receive mentorship support with potential #funding for developing your idea. Learn more:  

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



Science in Action Volunteers

The Faculty of Science’s “Science in Action” offers science education to BC high school and elementary students, teachers, and the general public. Through various workshops/activities and tours, we are able to share our laboratories, classrooms, and the expertise of our researchers. Most importantly, our community engagement programs demonstrate SFU's commitment to advance science literacy and inspire curiosity and wonder in our next generation of scientists. More information can be found on our website.

We are looking for Science in Action Volunteers who can assist our workshop instructors in running LIVE OR PRE-RECORDED experiments/activities and virtual lab tours. These are usually held during K-12 school hours, and all activities are being transitioned to the online platform, in lieu of in-person campus visits. Volunteers may be helping out with online activity instructions, Q&A moderating, material set up, discussion sessions and peer mentoring opportunities.

Fall 2021: This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record here.

Apply here:

Both NEW and RETURNING volunteers are welcome to apply!

Application Deadline: August 31st 2021

For any inquiries, email:



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