October 03, 2022 | Digest No. 318


SFU Science's Convocation reception

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from SFU Faculty of Science! We look forward to celebrating this achievement with you, your friends and your

family on Friday, October 7, 2022. After the Convocation ceremony ends, around 11:45 am, we're hosting a reception for all Science students and their guests. It's a casual reception (you're done with speeches and formalities for the day!) and you're welcome to drop by for as little or as long as you want.

Mingle with your fellow graduands and favourite faculty members while enjoying warm beverages, sweet treats, music and our photo booth. There's no RSVP required.

Convocation Ceremony
Friday, October 7 at 9:45 am
Location: Convocation Mall
Visit SFU's Convocation website for more information about the ceremony.

Faculty of Science Reception
Friday, October 7, following Ceremony, around 11:45 am
Location: AQ 4000 SW corner (beside the Reflection Pond and the area of the AQ closest to the Student Union Building)

More info

BPK Coffee and Conversations

The BPK Mental Wellness and Engagement Committee will be hosting Coffee and Conversations every Thursday at 10 am. Come by the BPK Lounge for FREE hot coffee, tea, snacks, and good company to start the day off on a positive note. All SFU BPK faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. While we will be providing disposable hot drink cups, we recommend that you bring your own mug or tumbler. Hope to see you there!

SFU Cafe Scientifique Fall 2022

Welcome to our fall term and a brand new series of SFU Cafe Scientifique. We are hosting this on Zoom this Fall and hope that you will be able to join us.

Click each topic above for Eventbrite registration.


BPK Student Survey

BPKSA is wanting to hear from our fellow undergraduate students on their experiences and check-in with you. All responses are anonymous and will remain anonymous. Upon completing the really quick survey you will be entered to win 1 of 5 Gift Card Prizes! The deadline for the survey is October 7th!

complete the survey now!

Fall 2022 Academic Dates and Deadlines

Fall term courses start September 7, 2022; last day of exams is December 19, 2022. To help you plan out your semester, here's the link to the important dates and deadlines for the upcoming term:


Academic announcements

Science Peer Tutoring Returns for Fall 2022: Online, and Burnaby & Surrey Campuses

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 AND in-person to help! Check out the Fall 2022 schedule and how you can enroll here:


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


Zoom Drop-in


1:30pm - 2:30pm


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:

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.


Casper Test Dates - UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Casper test dates for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle are now available. Test dates for UBC’s MPT program are available from August 2022 to early January 2023. All MPT program applicants must complete the Casper test in order to meet minimum admission requirements. We encourage future applicants to thoroughly review our website.

If you have any admissions questions that are not answered by our website, please contact

Register now


SEDS-Canada Student Projects - 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 the National Research Council.

Click each poster below for details.

StrongerU Student Sponsorship Apps OPEN!

StrongerU Senior Fitness connects students who are passionate about wellness with senior-serving organizations to gain valuable industry experience! For each available placement, two applicants will be selected to receive a free enrollment in the StrongerU Senior Fitness Instructor course, one year of access to StrongerU’s monthly class content, hands-on experience, and more ($490+ value). Applications close October 9th.

See the poster for more info

Young Canadians Roundtable on Health

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) is a group of strong youth leaders who are driving meaningful change toward better health and well being outcomes for young people living in Canada. As a roundtable advisory, the YCRH is a "living laboratory" that allows for innovation and creativity. YCRH projects range from advising on the youth perspective for health and wellbeing to advocacy for - or in response to - youth health and wellbeing policy, to multi-partnered advocacy campaigns.

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) is seeking membership from youth across Canada. A strategic goal we set for 2022 is to foster new partnership and membership with youth and organizations to increase the diversity of youth voices within the YCRH.


Research participant recruitment

Participants Needed for Research on Visually Guided Walking

Click the poster for detail. Gemma (MSc student in BPK) is recruiting participants for her thesis experiment. If you are interested, please contact her.

In addition to the poster, note the following when deciding if you are interested:

You should NOT participate in this study if one or more of the following applies:

  • Your age is greater than 40 or less than 19 (or less than 18 for an SFU student)
  • You have any known visual disorder other than one that can be corrected with lenses
  • You have a musculoskeletal (e.g., arthritis) or neurological (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease) disorder that affects your movement or balance
  • You are allergic to rubbing alcohol or adhesive
  • You have participated in a research experiment using prism glasses before
  • You are not vaccinated against COVID19

Your decision on whether to participate will not influence your grades in any coursework or benefit you in terms of status or success in any class.

Contact information: Gemma Malagon

The lived experiences of international students in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

This study aims to understand the lived experiences of international students since the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we want to learn more about the experiences of international students after returning to society and university, given that COVID-19 has not entirely gone. If you have any inquiries concerning the study, please feel free to contact the principal investigator, Dr. Rachel Fouladi at or the SFU collaborator, Fereshteh Rashed at

more info

Participants Needed for Research on Visually Guided Motor Skill Learning

We are recruiting people (age 19-35) to participate in a study looking at how adapting to altered visual information can affect motor skill learning. 

We are seeking right-handed participants who are able to come into the lab two days in a row at approximately the same time.

  • Day 1 ~ 1.25 hours
  • Day 2 ~ 40 minutes

After each session, you will receive $10 as a thank you for your time! 

For more information and/or to participate, please contact Annmarie Lang-Hodge:

How does spinal cord injury impact the relationships between breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure?

We are looking for men and women (≥19 years old), with or without a spinal cord injury (SCI) to take part in a study examining the effect of breathing patterns on cardiovascular measures.

Your participation will help improve the understanding of the SCI-associated risks of developing cardiorespiratory complications.

As a thank you for your participation, participants will receive $20.

Your participation in this study will involve…

  • 1 in-lab visit (2hours) at SFU or ICORD where you will breathe at different rates, and
  • 2 nights of at-home sleep testing where you will wear a vest containing sensors during sleep.

In both protocols, we will measure your breathing rate, heartbeat, and blood pressure.

For more information, please contact Rebekah Lee:

Employment Opportunities

Respite Caregivers (in City of Vancouver)

Would you love to work with children or adults with disabilities, and have one or two available afternoon(s) or day(s) per week? If so, we've got a great opportunity for you!

The Developmental Disabilities Association is seeking contracted Caregivers to work 1:1 with a child or adult in our Respite Programs. Our caregivers provide a break for families by taking their family member for a fun, supervised and safe community outing once or twice a week. Respite takes place mostly on weekends, or on a weekday after school, depending on the family's needs. Wages are $18 or $20/hr, depending on level of support needs. 

Requirements: valid First Aid with CPR, clear criminal record, references, some training or work/volunteer experience in a field related to developmental disabilities.



Street Saviours Outreach

Looking to gain some valuable and unique volunteering experience? Look no further, Street Saviours: Outreach Society is here. Street Saviours is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver. Our primary objective is to find and treat emergency overdose responses to those in crisis on the streets of Downtown Eastside. Along the way, we also deliver basic human needs (food, water), harm reduction and minimization support including Naloxone kit distribution, referral to services, as well as the promotion of mental, physical, and sexual wellbeing. Although we have many paramedics and first responders in our team, first aid experience or certifications are NOT required to volunteer!

Our office is located right off Powell Street, Vancouver (623 Powell Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1H2). Our patrols take place from 8:30 pm to midnight and we typically patrol every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

If you are interested, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or

check out our facebook page @StreetSavioursOutreachSociety or visit our website (button below) for more information.

more info

Volunteer tutors and mentors needed for Indigenous K-12 students

The Indigenous Tutoring & Mentoring Program (2021 SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition Grand Award Winner) is currently seeking undergraduate students to serve as volunteer tutors/mentors. Our Program provides free tutoring, mentoring, educational resources, and education opportunities to K-12 Indigenous students in BC. Our goal is to help enact positive social change in practical and meaningful ways, by reducing the discrepancies in education rates, educational attainment rates, and federal education funding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, highlighted by Calls to Action 7, 8, and 10 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Teaching and mentoring experience are NOT required, and you do NOT need to have strong grades, feel wise in any way, nor be Indigenous or know anything about Indigenous culture to apply (though we would certainly love to have more Indigenous tutors/mentors join our team!). We are simply looking for kind, caring people who can relate to younger students’ struggles, and can connect with them one-on-one in a genuine and honest way. If you have a big heart, are a good listener, and want to form meaningful relationships to support the personal and academic growth of Indigenous youth in our communities, please send a quick “Hi, I’m interested, tell me more!” to”. We will follow up with you after the final exam period, and we will give you the tools and support to make a positive impact.

For example, you will receive tutor/mentor training from Dr. Kevin Lam (an SFU Excellence in Teaching Award winner, and Healthy Campus Community Champion), and Indigenous Knowledges training from an SFU Indigenous Scholar (TBD). Kevin will also be available anytime you have questions (via phone/text/email), and will check in with you every couple of months to provide support and advice, and to learn from your experiences, too.  

After training, we’ll carefully match you with students whose grades and subjects you can easily handle, and you can then flexibly meet with each student 1-2 hours per week (online or in person), at whatever time works best for you and your student(s). You’re also welcome to take on as many/few students as you like: even if you only have time to pair with one student, those 1-2 hours that you spend with them each week can make a big difference (and you will receive credit on your co-curricular record for taking part)!  

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Todd and Jessica 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.


Lifting Weights and Lifting Spirits: Meet Colton Boreen, 2022 Terry Fox Gold Medal Winner

SFU News - September 13, 2022

Colton Boreen, BPK Kinesiology Minor student, is featured.

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 see any suspicious postings or hiring practices, please notify us immediately at