October 12, 2021 | Digest No. 272


UBC MPT Info Session Oct 13 &14

The Department of Physical Therapy is offering a series of info sessions for the Master of Physical Therapy program. Department representatives will discuss the physical therapy profession and admission requirements to the MPT program followed by a Q&A session. Please register to receive a Zoom link and info session details. We encourage our participants to read the MPT Application Guide before the info sessions.

Navigating Your Future Workshop Series

Calling all undergrads and recent alumni! Navigating Your Future is back with an interactive workshop series designed to support you with your next steps beyond SFU. Gain skills and strategies to help you explore your options, job search like a pro and build a career that makes a difference.

Sign up for any of the three workshops offered!

🌟Career Building for Changemakers – Monday, October 18, 4:30-6:00 PM 

🌟Where Can My Degree Take Me? – Tuesday, October 19, 4:30-6:00 PM

🌟Job Search During COVID – Tuesday, October 26, 4:30-6:00 PM

Link in bio to register! (link for Facebook:

WHY THE ARTS MATTER…ESPECIALLY NOW: A Conversation with Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao has forged a remarkable career for himself in the arts as an author, publisher, and cultural curator. He is the co-founder of the highly successful Indian Summer Festival (ISF) – now in its eleventh year – a feast of ideas, food, music and literature through a South Asian lens. Find out how he created the festival with Managing Director Laura Byspalko, what his advice is for individuals who are pursuing a career in the arts, and what he thinks the future holds for artists. The interview will be conducted by WLL Assistant Professor and Writer-in-Residence Anosh Irani.

Mon, October 18, 2021 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM PDT
THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT and will be held on Zoom.
Register here
Zoom information will be provided 2 days prior to event (via email ).

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



Introducing the BPK Bingo IG Contest! See how much you relate to your classmates by playing them in a game of virtual bingo!

Winners will be entered in a draw to win a BPK Prize Pack. Contest expires Oct 19, 2021. Head over to BPK Instagram page @sfubpk for detail.

-BPK Mental Wellness & Engagement Committee

BPKSA Clothing Sales

BPK Clothing Sales are back! The deadline to order is Wednesday, October 20th at 11:59 pm. Check out the BPKSA at or our Instagram @bpksa_sfu for upcoming BPK events and opportunities! Order form link here

Future Sci-Space | Student Opinions Needed!

Opinions needed! We're building a new space where Science students can connect with each other, advisors and other staff members. Drop by 9900 TASC 2 to add your thoughts on what groups, resources & services that you would like to see in Sci-Space.  You can also meet the Sci-Space team and pick up a free Faculty of Science mask!

Remote Learning Classrooms Available on Burnaby Campus

Where can students go to attend an online class in between their in-person classes? The office of the Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching, announced this week that remote learning classrooms are now available on SFU’s Burnaby campus.

See the list of spaces 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 and BPK 482 Enrolment Information

SFU is required by law to ensure that every student registered in a practicum that involves working with children or vulnerable adults undergoes a CRRA Criminal Record Check. The University must submit consent forms with payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. SFU is prohibited by law to permit students to work with children or vulnerable adults without a CRRA Criminal Record Check. List of BPK Courses requiring a CRRA Criminal Record Check is as follows:

  • BPK 343 – Active Health: Assessment & Programming
  • BPK 445 – Advanced Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • BPK 482 - Ergonomics and Rehabilitation

The Criminal Record Check is coded as a prerequisite for the above courses and cannot be waived by law.

Please refer to the process for Criminal Records Check on SFU Student Service website here:

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.

Since the document is valid for 5 years, it would be a good idea to get it done far in advance of your enrollment for any of the listed courses as the processing time can vary.

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:


Student Learning Commons - Workshops

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats. Each semester we present a slightly different collection of workshops. You can also search by date in our workshops calendar.

Most Student Learning Commons workshops, including workshop recordings viewed online, are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the CCR Reflection Form.

Note: Students cannot receive Co-Curricular (CCR) credits for a workshop if the workshop is already being used to receive academic credit in a course.

National Taiwan University, International College 2022 Admission Information

Dear students,

On behalf of National Taiwan University (NTU), we are pleased to invite you to join our all English-taught “Master Program of Smart Medicine and Health Informatics (Smart MHI)”. This program is a cross-disciplinary program that integrates two strongest advantages of Taiwan and will help you possess professional knowledge and skills in the field. There are three focuses in the program:

  • Personalized and Smart Medicine
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Biomedical Signals and Processing

Furthermore, scholarships are available for prospective students to apply, and hands-on training and field experience are part of the curriculum. International students are also free to take Chinese language courses offered by NTU for one year!

For further details:

► Smart MHI Website:

► Sign up for your Master Degree

For International Students
Application Portal: OIA system
Application Period: First round: October 14 to December 2, 2021
Second round: January 13 to February 24, 2022

► Join our Information Session:


Canadian Reduced Gravity and Stratospheric Balloon Experiments - Call for Applications

SEDS-Canada (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) is a non-profit that aims to create research and professional development opportunities in the space sector for Canadian post-secondary students. Our projects have a strong history of training highly qualified personnel for the Canadian space industry. CAN-RGX is a competition for students to design, test, and fly a scientific payload in microgravity on a parabolic flight. CAN-SBX is a competition for students to design, test, and launch a scientific payload to the stratosphere on a high-altitude balloon. These projects are conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and National Research Council. CLICK each poster below for details. 

More information about these projects can be found here.  Any questions can be directed to myself or the project teams at or

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

Respite Caregiver - Beatrix

Do you have some experience and/or training to work with developmental disabilities, and have a few hours of availability each week to work in the City of Vancouver? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

The Developmental Disabilities Association is seeking Respite Caregivers to work with a child or adult with intellectual disabilities once or twice per week (mostly after school or on weekends, for 3-5 hour sessions).

Requirements are: valid First Aid with CPR, clear criminal record, 2 work references, some training or experience in a field related to developmental disabilities. Wages are $16/hour or $18/hr for individuals with higher support needs.

Full details here

Canada Soccer - Performance Analysis

Jasmine Mander, Performance Analyst of Canada's Women's National Team is seeking to create an analysis network of 1-3 individuals to work either remotely or travel with the team in camp to support in the analysis space. Compensation will depend on level of experience and expected responsibilities of the analyst. Experience with Hudl Sportscode is beneficial, but not required. Candidates will gain experience using various scouting, telestration and coding softwares. Passion projects and areas of interest for the team's development may be investigated between camps by the analysis team.  Please contact for more information.

Opportunity for RA/graduate student

Message from Dr. Chris Napier, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC:

I am working with a local footwear company (new to the market) that is developing a female-specific running shoe. They have engaged my team to complete a series of research projects to help inform development of the shoe. We have two projects that we are hoping to start as soon as possible and I am recruiting two students/research assistants to help out with these projects. Each would take a lead role with one of the projects and assist on the other one. Both projects would be supervised by me, with input from Dr Max Donelan (SFU) and Dr Allison Ezzat (Latrobe University). I’ve outlined each project briefly below:

1) Qualitative Study on Female-specific Footwear Design

  • Focus group design, involving recreational/elite female runners across the lifespan
  • Primary question: what do women value in a shoe; including structure, performance, materials, colour, etc.
  • Co-led by Dr. Allison Ezzat (Latrobe University), an experienced researcher in qualitative designs

2) White Paper on Performance Running Shoe Design

  • A thorough literature review on the current process of developing performance running shoes
  • To include aspects such as optimal midsole thickness, carbon plate stiffness, overall shoe mass, etc.
  • To consider the effects and opportunities of the above in the development of a female-specific performance running shoe

Ideally, the research assistant could commit 0.4-0.5 FTE (though 1.0 FTE is also an option) for now with the potential to transition to a graduate degree program (Masters or PhD) in January 2022. There is an option to start this position remotely, with an in-person move to Vancouver by January 2022. Both the research assistant and graduate degree would be fully funded commensurate with experience and university compensation levels. Graduate student enrolment at either SFU or UBC is possible.

Dr. Chris Napier  PT, PhD (He, Him, His)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Physical Therapy
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
212 - 2177 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z3 Canada
Phone 604 682 7788 | Cell 604 721 1310 | Fax 604 677 5424 | @runnerphysio

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.


Undergraduate Volunteers

Dr. Julian Guttman, a cellular microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences is looking for undergraduate student volunteers. Volunteering duties include stocking the lab, autoclaving, cleaning dishes, etc…  The volunteers have to be available for a minimum of 1 hour per week. YOU MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 TO ENTER THE LAB AND MUST ALSO WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES.

If you are interested in these volunteer positions please contact Dr. Guttman’s volunteer coordinator, Kaitlin Bruzzini, at

Fraser Health Crisis Line Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Why not start now!

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity,the first step is to review the information on our website and then attend a Zoom Information Session. Please go to and click on Get Involved -> I Want to Volunteer -> Crisis Line. Here you will find the dates and Zoom links for the up-coming sessions.

Many volunteers report that their Crisis Line experience was significant in helping them reach their educational and/or career goals, including acceptance into Graduate Programs, Policing, Medical School, E-Comm 911, Social Work, Mental Health and related fields. Volunteers also tell us that they find the Crisis Line to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, as they are truly making a difference.



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.