August 16, 2021 | Digest No. 264


STEM Sprint 2021 - Virtual Innovation Challenge and Hackathon

The STEM Sprint is a design challenge scheduled for Sept 3 - 5, presented by STEM Fellowship SFU, EnEta, SAP, and MathWorks. This unique 36 hour innovation challenge format welcomes all participants with passion for the STEM disciplines to work together to research, prototype, and/or build new solutions to problems within a surprise theme. There will be plenty of technical and career-building workshops, networking opportunities, and the chance to win some amazing prizes. All experience levels welcome!

Date & Time: Sept 3 @5pm to Sept 5 @2pm
Location: Virtually via Zoom and Discord
Registration Link

BPK Co-op Info Session

The BPK Co-op team is holding an info session on September 22nd from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM. Students can learn about the Co-op program, meet the team, and hear from Co-op students themselves. Registration is free and currently open at

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 Criminal Record Check

A friendly reminder:

As you may already know, the Criminal Record Check - done via Student Services at SFU and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General  - is coded as a prerequisite for BPK 343, which cannot be waived by law.  Processing the CRC should take 10 business days, but it has been taking a lot longer lately.  

If there is no determination of risk: you will automatically be forwarded an electronic copy of your clearance letter. The Criminal Records Check is valid for 5 years unless there is a break in studies at SFU.  As well as receiving a clearance letter, the clearance will be coded on your record, so is valid for other courses such as BPK 482.

Since this document is valid for 5 yrs. there is no need to wait until you plan to enroll in BPK 343.  If this course is required for your KIN major and concentration, get this done asap.  If you plan to enroll in BPK 343 for the upcoming Spring 2022 term, why not get this done now!  The system will be open for Spring 2022 course enrollment in November.  Getting this done soon will help if the processing times remain longer than usual.

If the enrollments in BPK 343 are low in the Fall due to delays with the CRC, then the #'s in this course could be high in the Spring. So delaying in getting your CRC done may mean that the course fills before you get to enroll.  Then that delays taking the course until the Summer.


Sophie Dunbar | Undergraduate Advisor

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.  Log into Science's new Advisor Link with your SFU Computing ID and password and book academic advising appointments online. 

**  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

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.caFollow this think for instructions:


Fall 2021 Courses - Seats Available

GEOG 340 (3) - Queer Geographies

Looking for an interesting upper division elective for Fall 2021?  Check out this new offering from the Department of Geography!  

What does sexuality have to do with spaces and places? Join Geography Assistant Professor, May Farrales, to examine how sexual norms and queerness are defined and defied through different geographies. Learn how Black, Indigenous, and queers of colour think about and build social movements at the intersection of sexuality, space, and place. 
Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

PSYC 106 D100 - The Science of Sleep (3); B-SOC

Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM  at SWH 10041, Burnaby
No prerequisites
Instructor: Ralph Mistlberger

Sleep is a behaviour that occupies a third of our lives and is essential for our health and well-being, but we do not yet understand why. How much sleep do we really need, and what happens if we get too little or too much (if there is such a thing)? Through this course, students will be introduced to concepts and methods in psychology, biology and the health sciences, and will learn how best to manage their own sleep.

More Courses >>


  • CA 241 Creative Coding Lab (3)
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM (GCA 2345, GOLDCORP)
    Instructor: Arne Eigenfeldt
    Prerequisite: CA 143 or permission of instructor.
    Please contact for permission to enroll.
  • CMPT 115 - Exploring Computing Science
    The course is intended for students studying in a disciplines outside of Computing Science, and is an approved breadth-science course.

  • GSWS 100-3 Sex Talk:  Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies (B-Hum) | Leung
    GSWS 100 introduces students to major contemporary issues in sexuality studies through an exploration of how sex is portrayed, talked about, and evaluated in different media and cultural contexts. Topics covered include: an overview of sexuality theories; media culture and sexualization; social media and the public/private boundaries of sex; sex on screen; sexual identity in media; sexual identity and consumer culture; trans media and non-binary language of gender; technology and the future of sex.
    No prerequisites!

  • GSWS 101-3 Gender Talk (B-Soc) | Patterson (Surrey)
    Should sex work be legalized? Is pornography sexist? How is gender and sexuality portrayed in popular culture? If you are interested in the ways we live as gendered beings in Canadian society, then GSWS 101 will be of interest to you.
    No prerequisites!

  • GSWS 333-4 Environment, Colonization, and Global Capitalist Dispossession | Salimjan
    This course takes a feminist geographic and decolonizing approach to critique the practices of place-making, social control, and settler colonial dispossession in the border regions of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the complicities of global capitalism resulting from resource depletion, environmental crises, and human rights abuses. We examine how place is not neutral but is a social construction imbued in power relations of imperial conquest, racial and gender imagination, official and banal nationalism.

  • GSWS 433-4 Gender, Violence, Resistance | Marchbank (Surrey)
    This seminar-based course provides a gendered analysis of violence and resistance to violence. It ranges from a gendered understanding of political states through to individual experiences, institutional situations and militarized aspects. We will address violence and resistance through feminist perspectives and use theories from critical studies of masculinity to come to an interdisciplinary understanding of the course themes.
    Students who do not meet the prerequisites can email to ask about a waiver.

  • INDG 111 D100 – Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods
    Wed 1:30-2:20pm, Fri 12:30-2:20pm
    Burnaby campus, SWH 9095
    PREREQ: INDG (or FNST) 101 or 201W
    Students in need of prerequisite waivers are encouraged to contact the respective course instructor (contact info in the link above)

  • INDG 222 D100 – Special Topics in Indigenous Studies: Introduction to Public Policy
    Thu 2:30-5:20pm
    Burnaby campus, BLU 9655
    PREREQ: INDG (or FNST) 101
    Students in need of prerequisite waivers are encouraged to contact the respective course instructor (contact info in the link above)

  • IS 105 D100 Around the World through Film
    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. Non-IS students can use this course towards their B-Soc or B-Hum requirements.

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

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.


Motivational Interviewing - Level 1

Motivational Interviewing - Level 1 (via Zoom) Hosted by Alberta Kinesiology Association.

Starts: 11 Sep 2021 @ 9:00am MDT
Ends: 12 Sep 2021 @ 4:00pm MDT

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be provided with a Level 1 certificate in Motivational Interviewing.

What is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centred directive therapeutic approach that elicits behavioural change by assisting clients identify and resolve ambivalence about attitudes and ideas. MI has been used in a variety of clinical settings and has been applied to various health conditions. MI is effective in reducing maladaptive behaviours such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and smoking and in promoting healthy behaviour change such as weight loss, medication adherence, increasing physical activity, and return to work. The applicability of MI across a variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of MI in other areas of health care practice.

Motivational Interviewing Course Description:

This two-day workshop uses a combination of active learning, group work, and practice activities to develop basic skills in how to identify and address ambivalence and reduce discord with clients using the fundamental processes of MI. This workshop will encourage participants to consider how the evidence-based client-centred approach of MI can be applied in their practice.

Registration closes September 9, 2021 @ 11:59pm (MST)

CLICK HERE for details and registration

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

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:



DISCLAIMER: The Department of BPK is forwarding these opportunities as we receive them, however we strongly encourage you to research and obtain information regarding the reputation of organizations, the terms and conditions of employment or service, as well as to understand your rights and responsibilities. The Department does not endorse any specific individuals, organizations, products, programs or services. If you have questions on the above please contact If you see any suspicious postings or hiring practices, please notify us immediately.