March 21, 2022 | Digest No. 293


BPK Kin Cup 2022 (Virtual)!

We are very EXCITED to announce the return of KIN CUP😊! It is a battle of Professors and Grad Students vs Undergrads... Compete in 3 amazing challenges: 

⭐Challenge 1: Stepathon - Make each step count and track your every move! The team with the most steps wins (March 23 - 30)

⭐Challenge 2: Mindful Meditation - Master the art of mind harmony (March 30)

⭐Challenge 3: Kin Trivia - Exercise your knowledge of Kinesiology and beat your professors live! (March 31)

details and registration

Creative Collective with the Health Peers

Need a break from studying for finals? Faculty of Science and Health & Counselling Services are hosting a Creative Collective event. Drop-in anytime between 11:30am and 1:30pm on Wed., April 6 at SSB 7172 to participate in some fun crafting activities with your friends and the Health Peers.

Canadian Museums Association Job Placement Program Info Session

The Canadian Museums Association administers a short-term job placement program (Young Canada Works) on behalf of Canadian Heritage and want to ensure that as many Canadian youth (aged 30 and under) are aware of this program and its benefits so we are offering an info-session for Simon Fraser University undergraduates.

The Canadian Museums Association delivers two streams of Young Canada Works: 

YCW at Building Careers in Heritage for youth with a post-secondary degree or diploma

YCW in Heritage Organizations for youth currently enrolled in studies

Both YCW streams allow young Canadians to gain short-term work experience in the Heritage Sector. Previous museum experience is not required to participate. The cultural heritage sector is growing and benefits from a diverse set of skills, including those beyond what are offered in museums studies programs. Our students and interns come from all academic disciplines, including English, History, Communications, Archaeology, and STEM programs (among others). 

A information session via Zoom will take place Thursday March 31 10:30-11:30 am

Join Zoom Meeting

For more information on YCW: Students and graduates – Young Canada Works -

For information on the CMA as a YCW delivery organization: CMA | Canadian Museums Association

The BPK Research Day 2022

The BPK Research Day Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 12th Annual BPK Research Day! The event will be held Friday April 8rd, 2022 as a hybrid event. Research day is an opportunity to showcase the excellent research in our department. If you have been involved in research within BPK at the graduate or undergraduate level, we invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for a poster, 3-minute thesis, or a student oral presentation. You are welcome to submit research at various stages of completion, including proposed research, in-progress research, and completed research. Note: abstract submission is closed.

More information

Free Events this March - The Princeton Review

MCAT CARS Session: Tuesday, March 22nd – 7:00-8:00PM EST (6:00-7:00PM PST) 
Are you a Pre-Medical student and having trouble prepping for the CARS section of the MCAT? No problem! At this session, you’ll learn tips and strategies that you can use on the exam. Take notes as our MCAT instructor breaks down one of the toughest sections of the MCAT for you! 

Virtual Mock DAT Day: Saturday, March 26th – 10:00AM-1:30PM **In Your Time Zone**)
We can’t leave out the Pre-Dental students! During our Mock DAT you will be virtually proctored by one of our awesome reps! After the test, you will get free access to a detailed, interactive score report.

Virtual Dental School Symposium: Wednesday, March 30th – 7:00-10:00PM EST  
In addition, Princeton Review will be hosting a virtual Dental School Symposium! 

This exciting event includes: 

  • Overview of the application process to dental school 
  • Strategy Session for the DAT 
  • Q&A panel of dental school students and grads to get all your questions answered

To register for any of these events, please visit:  

Find the 6-digit event code (PSOId) for your campus and enter it here:

Call 1-800-273-8439 ext: 1207.
We look forward to seeing you there!

The Princeton Review Team 

Embark Sustainability - Find Your Climate Community

Searching for a community of sustainability changemakers? With so many amazing groups at SFU focussed on creating a sustainable future, you’re sure to find a perfect fit on campus! Learn which organizations share your values and suit your skill set through Embark Sustainability’s upcoming scavenger hunt social. Explore all that’s in store on March 24th:

Register here

2022 Pharmacy Summer Institute

Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Held on the historic University at Buffalo South Campus

Now in its seventh year, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program for motivated high school and college students that expands knowledge of the many exciting career pathways in the professions of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. 

Our unique program incorporates active participation in a wide range of learning experiences including:

  • Admissions Planning and Academic Advising: Get tips and guidance on how to prepare for your education and career in pharmacy practice and/or research.
  • Career Discovery: Learn about the diverse job opportunities for pharmacists.
  • Research Opportunities: Visit our research labs and meet with faculty in clinical and basic sciences.
  • Building Tours: Explore our internationally recognized community of healing, learning and discovery.
  • Meet Us: Network with real-world practitioners, researchers and current UB PharmD students.
  • Activities and Live Demos: Observe pharmacy skills and techniques, such as patient counseling and compounding.

Applications for our 2022 Pharmacy Summer Institute open March 1 and close May 1

More informaiton here.


Science Peer Mentors

Get paired with new students, both first year and transfer, to ease their social, personal, and academic transition to the Faculty of Science. As a mentor you will check-in with one-on-one with mentees frequently throughout their first term to provide guidance and insights, answer questions, and connect them to resources, events, and involvement opportunities. Through helping your mentees you will grow as a leader, communicator, and active member of the Science student community. Please complete the application by March 31st. The full role description can be found on If you are interested in the Biology or BPK departmental mentorship programs please contact the Biology Academic Advisor or the BPK Student Association respectively.

EIM Canada Survey: Lifestyle Behaviours in Canadian Post-Secondary Students

You are invited to participate in a study examining the lifestyle behaviours of Canadian post-secondary students. Data collected from this study will be used to examine lifestyle behaviors, and determine how resources can be improved to better meet the needs of post-secondary students across Canada. The survey is led by Jonathan Fowles and Nicholas Bray at Acadia University. This study is geared towards better understanding undergrad and graduate student's lifestyle habits, based on the 24-hour movement guidelines. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be: 1) 18 years of age or older; 2) able to read and write in English; 3) be enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian University. 

More information and participation here.

Study Hall @ Home

Study Hall @ Home is a supportive virtual space hosted by Peer Educators who are available to provide students with study tips, academic support, and resources. Students can drop in for as long as they like, or stay the whole time. The Study Hall is open on Wednesday morning from 9-11am and Friday evenings from 6-8pm. Students can register here:

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:

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

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:


Stober Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The UBC Okanagan Stober Undergraduate Research Fellowships have been established as a catalyst for excellence in health-related research and undergraduate student training within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. The purpose of these awards is to introduce highly-talented local, national or international undergraduate students to research opportunities and the merits of pursuing an MSc in our School. Thus, students with at least 12 months left in their program are strongly encouraged to apply (students finishing their degree and already committed to a research Master’s program will also be considered).

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences is committed to the truth and reconciliation process and calls to action for Indigenous inclusion. Equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression are essential to academic excellence and research pursuit, and are core values of our School. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify as a member of an under-represented group and/or students who have an interest in research that focuses on advancing our understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion in health research.

Overview of Award

  • Award is typically held over the spring/summer months. Students applying from international institutions in the southern hemisphere may use the award over the fall/winter months
  • Awardees complete 12-16 weeks research training on a health-related research project. Awards will vary between ~$6,500 and ~$8,500, depending on number of weeks.
  • Up to $2,000 is available to help offset travel expenses associated with relocating to UBC Okanagan (e.g., airfare, mileage, meals while travelling) and/or research expenses directly related to the project. * Note: the total award for salary, travel, and research expenses cannot exceed $10,000.

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  • Successfully completed at least 2 years of an undergraduate degree
  • Awardees are expected to commit to full-time research for the duration of the project. Awardees will not be permitted to take more than 3 credits of coursework or other full-time employment during the award.
  • Applicants cannot hold a SURF and another research award (e.g., NSERC USRA, IURA) simultaneously or be a previous recipient of a SURF award.


  • Academic and extracurricular track record (40%)
  • Novelty and feasibility of research proposed (30%)
  • Demonstration of interpersonal skills or experience beneficial for research pursuit (30%)
  • Preference will be given to applications external to UBCO, but internal applications are also highly encouraged

How to apply?

Step 1: Contact an eligible HES faculty member (Dr. Phil Ainslie, Dr. Brian Dalton, Dr. Neil Eves, Dr. Glen Foster, Dr. Heather Gainforth, Dr. Jennifer Jakobi, Dr. Mary Jung, Dr. Jonathan Little, Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, Dr. Ali McManus, Dr. Chris McNeil, Dr. Robert Shave, Dr. Paul van Donkelaar) to discuss your interest in applying for the award. To learn more about the research interests of each faculty member, visit the HES Contact & People webpage and our meet your team videos).

Step 2: Once you have a commitment from a faculty member to support your application, work with the prospective supervisor to complete the application, which includes the Stober application form, a 2-page CV, and your academic transcripts.

Step 3: Email your complete application to our undergraduate office (

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 1st @ 4pm.

Summer 2022 Semester in Dialogue on 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.

Final application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022. Email or click here to apply!

More info on the course and how to apply

Uggla Family Scholarship

The Uggla Family Scholars program provides financial and other support to exceptional students who may not otherwise be able to afford an education to study at SFU. The program welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, are Black or a person of colour, are living with a disability or are a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The Uggla Family Scholarship is open to all Canadian/Domestic students who show leadership potential. Ten students will be admitted to SFU through the Uggla Family Scholarship each year, in perpetuity. New cohorts begin their journey in the program every fall term.

The application deadline for Fall 2022 is March 24th, 2022.

Find out more

Summer 2022 Tandem - 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!

To register visit:

Application deadline is April 10, 2022. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact

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.

McMaster University Rehabilitation Sciences is accepting GRADUATE applications!

Are you interested in rehabilitation science? Apply for our September 2022 admission intake!

Application deadlines: 
- MSc Course-based application deadline: June 30, 2022
- MSc Course-based Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Manipulative Physiotherapy (OMPT) field of specialization: June 30, 2022*

*If you are interested in the Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Manipulative Physiotherapy Specialization field of study for the MSc Course-Based Program, please contact Anita Gross as soon as possible to express your interest

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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.


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 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

Canadian Girls Baseball Position

Canadian Girls Baseball is looking for an energetic, passionate, and dedicated individual to take on the role of Program Coordinator. Canadian Girls Baseball is designed to connect girls with positive mentors, using baseball to promote increased self-esteem and leadership. 

Two positions:

  • The Program Coordinator will work as a coach on field, and also work closely with the Operations Manager to support day-to-day logistics of the baseball league.
  • Coaches would work closely with the League Coordinator who will be available to offer support and answer questions/concerns throughout the season.

Find out more

Lululemon opportunities

Opportunities that might be of interest to BPK memebers:

Labs Intern, Product Innovation

R&D Intern, Product Innovation

Tutor in Mathematics and English

Tutor required to provide one-on-one tutoring to at the grade 10-12 level to friendly, highly motivated student with ASD and developmental delays. Personal vehicle and drivers license preferred for high school pickup. Position is located in the SFU area. Criminal record check required.

Pay: $25-35 per hour (depending on experience)
Hours: After school and weekends
Application: Send contact details, resume, and 2 references to Dr Elizabeth Hartney at

Postdoctoral Fellow in Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism

The School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism. The successful Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team under the supervision of Dr. David Wright. The Wright Lab examines the effects of exercise, nutrition and pharmaceutical approaches on adipose tissue and liver metabolism, the underlying mechanisms therein and how alterations in these tissues impact whole body glucose and lipid homeostasis. Dr. Wright’s research group has lab space at both the Point Grey campus and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute ( The successful candidate will be expected to work on a CIHR funded project examining the role of GDF15 in fuel utilization and will be given the opportunity to develop their own, independent research questions.

More information and application here.


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.