September 7, 2021 | Digest No. 267


BPK 101

Calling all first-year BPK students! Come on out on Thursday September 16th to BPK 101, a virtual event hosted on Zoom for students interested in BPK, meeting new people, and playing some fun games!  Hosted by the BPKSA, BNSS and BPK Peer Mentorship, we want incoming students to feel excited and prepared to begin their journey at SFU.  We'll discuss common resources at SFU (such as co-op and academic advising), and you'll have the opportunity to meet senior BPK students and Professors and find out about opportunities at SFU including the BPKSA! Register today, through the Eventbrite Link.

Wayfinding Campus Tours at SFU

Our Wayfinding Champions will provide a guided walking tour of our campus that will last approximately 1.5 hours.

You'll learn about student engagement opportunities and events, on-campus services, study areas, and get a chance to visit the following locations:

  • Maggie Benston Centre
  • Convocation Mall
  • SFSS
  • West Mall Centre
  • the Library
  • AQ Gardens

We are meeting just outside of Student Central in the Maggie Benston Centre (by the main entrance). We'll be indoors and outdoors for the tours, so please make sure to bring a mask and wear comfortable shoes.

Note: This tour is restricted to new SFU students starting in Fall 2021

Details and registration here

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

15th Annual Fraser Health Research Week 2021 (September 20 – 24, 2021)

Fraser Health’s Research Week is fast approaching - September 20 – 24, 2021, with sessions happening daily from 9:00AM – 1:00PM.

Join us this September for five days of talks and interactive workshops. This year, Research Week will explore the impacts and innovations that have emerged out of Fraser Health’s COVID-19 pandemic research and evaluation response. Each day of Research Week will explore a different theme. Sessions include:

  • COVID-19 Research with Care: Socially Distanced Showcase Day (Monday, September 20)
  • Viral Innovations in LTC and Virtual Health (Tuesday, September 21)
  • Quarantine with Clinical Research (Wednesday, September 22)
  • Isolating Advancements in Equity (Thursday, September 23)
  • Locking down on Evaluation Lessons Learned and Findings (Friday, September 24)

All are invited to attend. Research Week is open for attendees across Fraser Health, our colleagues across British Columbia, our academic partners, and the public.

A detailed schedule of events will be announced soon. Register here to receive an updated schedule. More information can also be found on our website here.

(All non-Fraser Health employees and the public need to create a Learning Hub account. If you have problems with registering after you create the account, please contact

Optimizing Human Performance at Home: Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Wellbeing Webinar

Join in on the Optimizing Human Performance at Home: Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Wellbeing Webinar hosted by Simon Fraser University Health & Counselling Services and the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

Date: Friday, September 24th, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Registration is free. Limited Tickets. RSVP through Eventbrite with your SFU email.

In this event, you’ll learn ways to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. We'll be discussing creative methods to set up your home office and different resources to care for your mental wellbeing. 

We will also have a panel of guest speakers who will speak more on their expertise and knowledge in the world of ergonomics and human factors. Our guest speakers for the event are Anne-Kristina Arnold (Chair of the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate at SFU), Vanessa Christner (Ergonomics Management System Program Manager at SFU), and Manu Nellutla (Chief Executive Officer of the ActSafe Safety Association and Current BC/YK President of ACE).

Please note the following:

  • This event is only open to SFU students, staff, and faculty.
  • Register with your SFU email. The Zoom link will be sent to SFU emails only and will be sent closer to the day of the event.
  • This event will NOT be recorded.

If you have any questions, please email both (Sonya Kung) and (Sarah Chae) who are the co-facilitators for the event.

2021 Kin Case Competition

Join us from Nov. 19 to 28 2021
at the 1st national virtual kinesiology event
Kin Case Competition!

The Kinesiology Case Competition is a national competition for students in the third and fourth years of Canadian university kinesiology, human kinetics and physical activity programs.

Up to 24 teams from provinces throughout the country participate in the week-long event. The competition offers participants great opportunities to meet new people and network with practising Kinesiologists, academics, researchers and prominent businesspeople attending the competition either as judges or sponsors. Participants are encouraged to develop cases and then present and defend them. Most importantly, teams should have fun!

Registration period is NOW OPEN

TEAMS: until November 10 2021
SPECTATORS: until November 15 2021

CLICK HERE for details


SFU BPK Awards 2021 Fall

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology presents the following annual awards to recognize undergraduate students:

  • Stephen Harold Edward Herring Award
  • National Bank Financial Award in BPK
  • Dr. Josephine Anthony Award in BPK
  • Craig Asmundson BPK Engagement Award
  • Dr. Reza Nouri BPK Undergraduate Award

To be eligible for the awards, the following is required:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at SFU and be in good academic standing. In the case the student is a first term or transfer student he/she/they must possess an equivalent secondary school or college standing;
  • Registration in a minimum of 9 units of standard graded courses in the term of eligibility.

To apply for the awards, please include (read Terms of Reference, below, for specific requirements per award):

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume outlining the applicant's community/volunteer service/other relevant activities;
  • SFU (advising) transcript; and,
  • two reference letters supporting the application, unless specified differently in the Terms of Reference

For applications to more than one award, it is required to submit them separately, ensuring each individual application is complete. We will not consider incomplete applications.

All awards will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the BPK Associate Chair, Operations, Ryan Dill, and BPK Awards Committee.

Please submit your application, in a single PDF file, to Ryan Dill, and copy Nicole Yoo,, by September 10th, 2021, with the appropriate Award Name in the subject line.

CLICK to expand for details of awards



Term: 1217 - 2021 Fall
Deadline Date: September 10, 2021

Terms of Reference:

The Stephen Harold Edward Herring Award is an annual award available to a full-time undergraduate student conducting research projects in physical disability areas. Preference will be given to physically disabled students.

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendation of the Director, Centre for Disability Independence Research and Education (CDIRE).

In the absence of a Director, Centre for Disability Independence Research Education (CDIRE), the recommendation for the award will be made by the Chair, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology to the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.

Additional Nomination Instructions: One award available at $3,400.



Term: 1217 - 2021 Fall
Deadline Date: September 10, 2021

Terms of Reference:

The National Bank Financial Award, valued at approximately $2000, is offered in the Fall term to a student interested in developing a career in a health-related field. The student must be in good academic standing and have an approved major in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and have completed a minimum of 60 units of course work.

In the event that a suitable candidate has not been identified and the award has gone unfulfilled in the Fall term, applications will be considered in December for the Spring term with the selection to be made and announced in early January of the following year.

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Additional Nomination Instructions: Two awards at $2,600 each are available.



Term: 1217 - 2021 Fall
Deadline Date: September 10, 2021

Terms of Reference:

One award, valued at a minimum of $900, is available to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled in full-time studies (9 units or more) in an honours or major program in the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology;
  • is in good academic standing; and
  • has overcome medical, personal, financial adversity or other obstacles.

Applications must include:

  • a letter outlining the applicant's overcoming of adversity; and,
  • a letter of reference attesting to this.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Additional Nomination Instructions: One award available at $1,400.



Term: 1217 - 2021 Fall
Deadline Date: September 10, 2021

Terms of Reference:

The award, valued at a minimum of $900, is available to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled in full-time studies (9 units or more) in an honours or major program in the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology;
  • is in good academic standing; and
  • has demonstrated positive contributions for the SFU and BPK community including university engagement, leadership, volunteerism, team work and/ or ambassadorship of BPK to the external community and/ or mentorship to other students.

Applications must include:

  • a resume including the candidate's community/volunteer service activities; and,
  • two letters of reference from individuals who can verify the community/volunteer service and the impact of the applicant's role in that service.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Additional Nomination Instructions: One award available at $1,700.



Term: 1217 - 2021 Fall
Deadline Date: September 10, 2021

Terms of Reference:

One award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled full-time in a Bachelor's degree program in the department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology;
  • is in good academic standing; and
  • has demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of rural or suburban communities through community engagement, leadership, volunteerism, research, and/or work experience completed anywhere in British Columbia including the Lower Mainland.

Preference may be given to students who are originally from rural communities or plan to practice in a rural community after graduation.

Applications must include:

  • a resume outlining the applicant's demonstrated involvement as it pertains to BPK and connects to the well being of rural or suburban communities; and,
  • a letter of reference from someone who can verify the involvement and the impact of the applicant's role.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.

Additional Nomination Instructions: One award available at $1,500.

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

Academic English Coaching

The Student Learning Commons' Academic English Coaching program is designed specially for students with English as a second or additional language.

The program offers free, one-to-one support with an experienced graduate student to help you build on the skills you already have, target areas of difficulty, set goals, and work toward achieving them throughout the semester.

The program will begin September 13, 2021. Space is limited. Register now to secure your spot.

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 link for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:




10am – 11:40am


10am – 11:40am
2pm – 3pm


10am – 11:40am
2pm - 3pm


10am - 11am
2pm – 3:40pm

Zoom Drop-in advising for quick (< 10 minutes) questions

Day Zoom Drop-in
Monday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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:


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

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:

Research participant recruitment

Employment Opportunities

Full Time Kinesiologist - Pro Administration

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Manager of Corporate Occupational Health & Safety, the Kinesiologist is responsible for the development and maintenance of MSIP Programs for all organizations within the Forster’s Group. The kinesiologist will also be responsible for supporting the Pro Administration Services Claims team in the management of Recover At Work Programs for workers suffering an MSI.


  • Member of BACK with good standing
  • Completion of a bachelors in Kinesiology or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1-2 years recent related experience.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in the utilization of Microsoft Word and Excel.

CLICK HERE for full detail and email Mariam Aziz directly with resume and cover letter.

Behaviour Interventionist Opportunity

Stepping Stones Consultants is an agency seeking individuals interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disorders (ADHD/ADD, ODD, GAD, etc.) in the role of a Behaviour Interventionist (BI). The successful candidate will implement a home-based therapy program under the guidance of a Board-Certified Behaviour Consultant (BC). Therapy includes working 1:1 sessions targeting play, academic, social, communication, self-management, and self-care skills.

This position is perfect for those with a background in/goals towards a career in speech-language pathology, education, psychology, social services, rehabilitation sciences, occupational therapy, and the like.

$15 per hour, increasing to $20 per hour after the first 3-month probationary period, with opportunities for raises every 6 months thereafter.  

- Energetic, punctual, patient, and interested in supporting growth in children
- At least 19 years of age
- Have strong communication and play skills
- Able to commit to the position for at least 6 months
- Having your own vehicle is an asset

Experience working with children and/or ABA training is an asset but is not required. If you are interested please contact Carolyn Sorial via email at or via phone at 778-552-3055 with your CV. 

Please note, due to COVID regulations and the nature of this work, BIs will not be able to wear masks unless they are clear in order for their mouths and facial expressions to be fully visible.  

Full-time continuing Lab Coordinator position with the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University

The Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University is recruiting a full-time continuing Lab Coordinator to design and oversee the undergraduate labs for the BHSc program.  The laboratory coordinator is responsible for developing laboratory material of undergraduate HLTH 3302 Immunity and Immune-Related Disorder and HLTH 3303 Molecular and Cellular Pathology II courses offered by the Department of Health Sciences.

Details about the position can be found here
All applications are submitted to the Department of Human Resources via this link, and must be submitted by September 7, 2021.


Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network (LBN) is a non profit organization dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one on one, after school mentoring. We reach children who otherwise would not have the help they need. Our goals are to enhance self-esteem through improvement in academic skills, and to ignite a passion for learning in a safe and caring environment.

We are looking for Reading and Math Mentors to work with elementary-school aged buddies in our Reading and Math Programs. By volunteering with LBN, volunteers take on significant responsibilities and develop leadership, communication and organization skills. Mentors have the opportunity to work directly with one child and develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will help foster building their learning skills, self-esteem, and a positive attitude.

All training and sessions will be held online via the Zoom Meeting platform.

Mentor Training:

  • Math Mentor Training Part 1: Saturday, September 25th @5-7pm
  • Reading Mentor Training Part 1: Sunday, September 26th @5-7pm
  • Math Mentor Training Part 2: Saturday, October 2nd @5-7pm
  • Reading Mentor Training Part 2: Sunday, October 3rd @5-7pm
  • Orientation: Week of October 4th (Oct 4th and 5th for orientation, 5th and 6th for Social)

Program: October 11th - December 17th
Our program will be running during the 4 following times:

  1. Mon/Wed: from 3:30-4:45pm
  2. Mon/Wed: from 5:00-6:15pm
  3. Tues/Thurs: from 3:30-4:45pm
  4. Tues/Thurs: from 5:00-6:15pm

Applications are open from August 15th - September 15th. Please visit to apply.

Please contact Maya at with any questions or concerns.

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.