January 31, 2022 | Digest No. 286


BPKSA Discover Careers Night 2022

The BPK Student Association is hosting their annual Discover BPK Careers Night on Thursday February 3rd at 5:30 pm. This event is designed for students to understand all the amazing opportunities in science available to them post-graduation. As well as anyone who would like to get to know our department and make some new connections. It’s common for students to be a little nervous about possible careers options within their field of study. This is exactly why we are putting on this panelist conference style event. This includes knowing about the common valuable resources such as BPK Advising, SFU Career Services and BPK Co-op, but also about the various opportunities they can choose to further enhance their undergraduate experience in science. This is a great way to interact virtually with SFU BPK/Science Alumni. We hope to see you there!

More info and registration here:

Pediatric Physiotherapy: Let's Scope it Out

Date: Monday, February 7, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. MST / 7 p.m. EST

Interested in physiotherapy? Curious about a career working with kids? Join OzTREKK as we host University of Queensland Master of Physiotherapy Studies alumni Angus and Julie. Learn about their journeys of studying abroad in Australia in a world-ranking program, and returning home to Canada to practice as pediatric physiotherapists.

Registration Link:


SFU BPK Awards 2021 Spring

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

  • Stephen Harold Edward Herring Award
  • Dr. Reza Nouri BPK Community Leadership 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 February 4, 2022, with the appropriate Award Name in the subject line.

CLICK HERE for the detail of awards

Science Peer Tutoring Returns for Spring 2022

Have questions about your general 1st/2nd year science courses? Need help on your assignments and upcoming midterms? The Science Peer Tutors are back virtually to help! Check out the Spring 2022 schedule, starting on Tuesday, January 18, and how you can enroll here:

Join ParticipACTION in urging the Government of Canada to make physical activity essential and accessible for all Canadians.

Canada is experiencing a physical inactivity crisis, with only 16 percent of adults and 39 percent of children & youth meeting recommended physical activity levels – and the pandemic has only made the situation worse. We are at a pivotal moment and physical inactivity needs to be treated as a pervasive public health issue and urgently recognized as a national priority.

This is not the time to be still.

Visit to sign an open letter urging the Government of Canada to take action to make getting active a part of everyday life for everyone.

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!

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.

The Active Health & Rehabilitation concentration

Are you a KIN Major student who wants to be in Active Health and Rehab Concentration?

Email the BPK Advisor to have the Active Health and Rehab Concentration added to your academic plan.

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:


Apply for the Semester in Dialogue - Trust, Money and Power: Funding Change

Courses: DIAL 390W and DIAL 391W (10 credits total)
Prerequisite: 45 units (can be waived in certain circumstances)
Location: HC 3050
Time: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

The Semester in Dialogue is a unique program at SFU, perfect for students looking for a completely different type of experience during their studies. Students in the Semester in Dialogue will form deep connections with their peers and instructors and practice a wide variety of skills such as:

  • dialogue
  • active listening
  • writing for publishing
  • grantmaking
  • public engagement
  • facilitation
  • project management 

Students of the Semester in Dialogue will also have the advantage of: 

  • Small class size (max. 20 students)
  • No lectures or exams
  • Access to a broad range of experts
  • 1:1 mentorship

The lead faculty for the course is Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director of SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Dr. Jacqueline Koerner, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Fellow and co-Chair of Ecotrust Canada, and Kris Archie, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Fellow and CEO of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.  

Early bird application deadline is February 18, 2022. Email  or click here to apply!

More info on the course and how to apply at our website:

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.

MSc in Health: Science, Technology and Policy at Carleton University

Carleton University’s Department of Health Sciences offers an innovative and exciting opportunity for graduate studies in health sciences.

The Master of Science in Health: Science, Technology and Policy (HSTP) is a unique 6-credit graduate program. The program places an emphasis on skill acquisition, using problem-based approaches to understand health issues and sectors, and participation in collaborative interdisciplinary research projects. The program design is facilitated by the cohort model, which allows for collaboration between students from various academic backgrounds to improve their understanding of complex problems in the broad field of health. A key component of the program is the Interdisciplinary Health Research Project, whereby students work closely with internal and external partners to address a complex health research issue.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022 admissions. Further information on the program, specific research projects and the instructions for applicants can be found at

If interest, please submit an applications online ( by February 1, 2022.

National Taiwan University, International College 2022 Admission Information

On behalf of National Taiwan University (NTU), we are pleased to invite you to join our all English-taught “Master’s Program in 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!

Visit Smart MHI Website for details:

UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Program

At the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, we offer a four-year PharmD program for which we pride ourselves on providing a student-centered environment with small classes to ensure students are part of our pharmacy academic community here in Missoula. This is evident by the very low attrition rate and high rate of on-time graduation. Our dedicated, experienced and highly-qualified faculty, staff and administrators are devoted to training and inspiring the next generation of skilled, empathetic and culturally sensitive pharmacy leaders. Our students have high match rate for pharmacy residencies and fellowships as well as successful job placement in Montana and around the country.

The School is known to provide a high rate of student scholarships and, as of the last year, also offers an out-of-state tuition academic merit award for students with high GPAs for prerequisite classes, an award that can be as high as $15,000 per year. The attached pdf contains important highlights of our PharmD program.

The PCAT is NO longer required but only recommended since it can provide beneficial data during the application process. This can be especially true for applicants with a lower GPA for whom PCAT scores may help applicants secure an interview and admission to the program. The current requirements for PharmD admission interview are:

a.    Complete or be in the process of completing a total of at least 64 semester credit hours which must include all courses from the program's established prerequisite course list or equivalents (see appendix for the specific list of the UM courses and their U equivalents).
b.   Complete each prerequisite course with a course grade no lower than a C-;
c.    Have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA; as determined by UM policy;
d.   Complete 20 observation hours, preferably in a pharmacy; and
e.   Complete the Pharm.D. Program application through PharmCAS, per instructions on the UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy website. The final PharmCAS deadline is May 2, 2022.


Group Training for Kinesiologists – Coach Approach

By Hélène Thériault, BScOT (reg.), MAdEd, PCC – 2021 Kin Can Conference Speaker

Join this 13-hour interactive workshop that will transform the way you empower others and give you the support you need throughout 2022 to incorporate the coach approach as a Kinesiologist or trainer.

The Dive Into a Coach Approach model was created by and for health care professionals to make a bigger splash in their careers and with their clients. Over the course of the training, you'll discover the following:

  • The Dive Into a Coach Approach model to learn how to improve client success
  • A four-step framework to guide a coaching dialogue and high-impact accountability
  • Nine techniques that will help you coach successfully and with confidence
  • Two tools you'll be able to download and use in your practice immediately

This training earns you a total of 13 hours throughout 2022 towards education credits.

  • February 9-22 (5-hour online learning module)
  • February 23 (4 hours live virtually via Zoom, 8:30-12:30 PST)
  • Circle of Expertise (4 hours)*

*Includes four 1-hour FREE Circle of Expertise group sessions for one year after the training to help Kinesiologists incorporate the coach approach in their workplace (March 30, May 25, September 15 and November 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST, via Zoom)

To register or for more info, click here. Registration is open until February 9th.

Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

The Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund, established in 2014 by Lyle Makosky, provides annual financial awards to support personal experience-based, exploratory, foundational, applied and evaluative research to increase the understanding of challenges related to values in, and of, sport in Canada, with the goal of advancing solutions that strengthen the conduct of sport.

The application deadline for this award is April 30, 2022 (for the 2022-2023 academic year)

Find out more

Research participant recruitment

The effect of intravenous cannulation on orthostatic tolerance

Are people more likely to faint if they have a needle in their vein? 

Dr. Victoria Claydon's Cardiovascular Physiology Lab is conducting a research study to find the answer, and whether discomfort associated with the needle is the key. Men and women aged 19-50 years are invited to take part in a study examining the effect of intravenous cannulation on blood pressure control and fainting.

Your participation in this study will involve three tests (3 hours each), on three separate days, of your blood pressure control and susceptibility to fainting. On each day we will use a different anaesthetic cream to make your skin numb before inserting an intravenous (in the vein) cannula (a small plastic tube).

Your participation may help improve understanding of why people faint, improve retention for blood donation, and facilitate blood sampling in needle fainters. As a thank you for your participation, you will receive $75 in compensation.

Contact: Brooke Hockin

Effects of face masks on the multidimensional components of dyspnoea and the respiratory muscles

Men and Women wanted for a study investigating how face masks effect an individual’s feelings of breathlessness and other fitness parameters while exercising. We are looking to recruit a total of 20 people for this study.


  • 19-40 years of age (inclusive)
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19

CLICK HERE to see the poster for detail

Call for Recruitment- SAfER BC Study

This is a call for recruitment for SAfER BC Study.

In the study we are trying to:

  • observe the effect returning to campus has on the spread and virulence of COVID-19 and the campus community;
  • the impact of COVID-19 on returning to in-person and regular campus activities;
  • also explores how these phenomena have affected mental health

Information gathered from the study in real time will be instrumental in advising BC wide regulations regarding the pandemic.
There is an optional section for testing at LifeLabs so as to properly track the disease epidemiology.
For more information click this link

The effect of passive cycling on cardiac function and spasticity

Will a machine pedaling your legs help your heart?

We are conducting a research study to find the answer. We are looking for men and women aged 19-50 years with and without Spinal Cord Injury to take part in a study examining the effects of passive and active cycling on the heart.

You can help improve the treatment of spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neurologic illness.

Your participation in this study will involve tests of your heart function, and will take about 1.5 hours. This will be done while you sit in a wheelchair and have your feet pedaled by a bicycle-like machine.

Contact: Matthew Dorton

Employment Opportunities



Ridge Meadows Soccer Club - Physical Literacy Development Coach

Ridge Meadows Soccer Club services over 3,000 members from age 3 to 55+. Our Club provides soccer programming to youth and adult players of all skill levels and abilities in the communities of Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows.  RMSC is looking for a Physical Literacy Development Coach to support the Sporting Director with building, development, and running programming for Children aged 3yrs to 12yrs.

The ideal person should have knowledge and experience with functional movement and human kinetics with Children, studying towards post-secondary certification containing Physical Literacy for Children (3 – 12), and a specialist with creating fun game-based programming to support children with their physical development. 

Administration: flexible hours to meet your schedule.
Coaching: During the day and/or evenings, and/or weekends.

We will begin screening candidates from immediately, until the positions is filled. To apply, please contact RMSC Sporting Director

This position would require volunteer hours to create, build and launch programming. Once programming is running, an hourly rate fee will be provided.

More information:


Long runs train your heart, sprints train your muscles

Outside - January 19, 2022

Michael Rosenblat, an SFU lecturer of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is quoted.

Prominent neuroscientist to advance brain research through new SFU institute

SFU News - January 18, 2022

Randy McIntosh, an SFU Professor of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is featured.

*also featured on T-net - January 28, 2022. See full article here.

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.