April 25, 2022 | Digest No. 298


May Convocation - Welcome Back Convocation

We are excited to welcome back alumni—who only had an opportunity for a virtual Convocation since 2020—for an in-person celebration at the Burnaby campus. Faculty of Science Convocation is happening in Friday May 6 @2:30pm and the special faculty celebration will follow. Make sure to join us for a BPK-specific event as well!

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Provincial Research Showcase - Five Days in May

Registration for Five Days in May is now open! 

Five Days in May is a provincial research showcase presented by the five regional health authorities and the First Nations Health Authority. Our goal is to educate, inform, inspire and stimulate provincial health care research awareness in an open and inclusive forum. Identified themes for this year’s event include Mental Health and Substance Use, Indigenous Health, Community Health, Rural Health, COVID-19 and Seniors Health.

  • Where: Virtual via Zoom
  • When: Five Tuesdays in May (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
  • Cost: Free
  • Who should attend: Researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and patient partners

To learn more about each session, visit

Register here

MCAT Week - The Princeton Review

Our virtual MCAT Week is coming up this month and we’re hoping to see you there!

We’ll be hosting free 1-hour sessions during the week of May 2nd, where Princeton Review expert instructors will break down the MCAT for you – each day a different section! You’ll have the chance to go through some sample questions and figure out the best ways to approach the different sections of the MCAT!

BONUS: we’ll be hosting an MMI Information Session for those interested in learning more about MMI and engaging in mock interviews with a counselor.

Register for all of these events for free

Find the 6-digit course ID for the event/s you’d like to attend.

An Organization's Guide to the Community Better Challenge - ParticipACTION

May 12, 2022, 1 p.m. EST

Attendees will learn:
- How organizations can participate in the challenge by hosting events
- How to engage participants using ParticipACTION Resources
- How to track the results of your events on the ParticipACTION website3



BPK Student Volunteer Opportunity! - EIMC

The Exercise is Medicine Club is in search of an executive team! EIMC was a club at SFU in pre-Covid times but is currently undergoing a revival. They are looking for executive members, who will be helping with general administrative duties like room booking, event planning, and funds/facility management. Please send an email to or DM @eimc.sfu on Instagram if you’re interested in joining as either an executive or general member!

"Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMC) a club of like-minded individuals who believe that physical activity promotes optimal health and is vital in the prevention and treatment of many health conditions. In the club we’ll be hosting many events and initiatives to keep the student and faculty at SFU moving! Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), learn more at"

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.  

register here

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:


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

Student Job Posting: Indigenous graphic designer to support the RESPECT project

Dr. Pidgeon is looking to expand her curriculum development team with a motivated, responsible, and team-oriented Indigenous graphic designer to support the RESPECT project, which responds directly to SFU's ARC report's, Walk This Path With Us, Call #7: “Develop intervention programs teaching cultural safety and anti-racism for all employees at SFU”. The successful applicant will be an integral member of a team involved in multi-faceted curriculum development project that will be deadline oriented.


  • Current enrollment in a college or university program with course work in graphic design
    (or any equivalent combination of experience or training) is required.
  • The ideal candidate must be a team player with a collaborative working style, have good communication skills, and have the ability to complete project work independently.
  • Expertise in generating visuals in software program in tight timelines.
  • Applicant must have reliable internet and a computer able to run the newest version of Office 365, Zoom, and other required software programs.
  • Ability to break down / paraphrase academic and/or other text into plain language with corresponding visuals.
  • Comfortable with providing citations and honouring licensing requirements for all work.

Hours and Compensation:

  • Approximately 130 hours (~5 hours/week) – although additional hours may be available if needed to meet evolving project needs.
  • Compensation (range $20 - $30 an hour) to be determined based on previous experience and the skill set of successful applicant.

More info

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.  

Research Technician - The Vocadlo research group

The Vocadlo research group is seeking a Research Technician, to join our team located in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University.

Our interdisciplinary team comprises both biologists and chemists that focus on addressing fundamental questions relating to the roles of carbohydrate processing enzymes in human health and disease. We use a range of methods from biochemistry to cell biology and leverage expertise in chemical biology to create and exploit new research tools.

The successful applicant(s) will work as part of this well-funded and collegial team with a principal role being to assist in research efforts into the roles of enzymes genetically or pharmacologically linked to diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). Prospective projects benefit from a great depth of preliminary research and involve the use of human patient iPSC-derived cell models of monogenic and polygenic CNS diseases.

job & applicaiton detail

Instructor, Pathway to STEAM @ Haida Gwaii

Pathway to STEAM, funded by NSERC PromoScience, is a program with a problem-based learning approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Mathematics) education. It aims to empower traditionally under-represented groups in science and engineering. Instructors will plan and deliver high-quality STEAM summer camp to Grade 4-7 students by creating a safe and exciting learning space.

  • Duration: July 18- August 26, 2022
  • Shifts: Monday to Friday 8:30am- 3:30pm
  • Salary: $17/hour + 4% in lieu of benefits
  • Work Location: Multiple locations in Haida Gwaii

To apply: applicants must submit an application via Coursys (note hiring will occur on a rolling basis and the job application closes April 29th)

Job description

Exercise Physiology Tenure-Track Job at Bishop's University

We at Bishop’s University, located on the unceded land of the Abenaki people and the Wabenaki Confederacy, invite applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Sports Studies Department, starting July 1, 2022. Bishop’s University is a public and secular institution offering undergraduate and graduate courses in English. 

More info in English and French


Student Safety Engagement Program is Looking for Volunteers

The Student Safety Engagement Program (SSEP) is a student-led platform, offering flexible hours for students to gain volunteer experience and promote personal development. The program is currently recruiting dedicated undergraduate student volunteers to serve as safety ambassadors, through a partnership with the SFU Safety & Risk Services department.

 The SSEP strives to create a personalized volunteer experience relevant to post-university environments with initiatives geared toward individual strengths and interests, and is active on all three campuses.

 Whether you want to explore career paths, gain experience, or simply become more engaged on campus, the SSEP can be tailored to your interests while supporting the broader SFU community.

 Explore volunteer opportunities in:

  • Community Presence
  • Speed Watch
  • Lost & Found and Information
  • Safety Audits
  • Auto-Theft Prevention
  • Bike Presence
  • Safe Walk
  • Educational Outreach and Events

join the team

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.


SFU to advance agritech, wearables sectors with $11.8M in federal research funding

SFU News - April 13, 2022

Max Donelan, an SFU professor of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is quoted.

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