October 24, 2022 | Digest No. 321


Success Stories in Science: Life after Graduation | Dialogue with Catia Baron

Curious about what you could do after graduating with a Science Degree? Join your peers as Catia Baron, Team Lead Scientist at D-Wave Systems, guides us through the journey that led her to the world of Engineering Physics!

Sci-Space is proud to present this Dialogue Series with industry entrepreneurs and interdisciplinary leaders. Don’t have a clue of the types of jobs or companies out there after you complete your BSc and beyond? This is the second event of the Series, and we’re incredibly happy to host Catia Baron from D-Wave. She will be speaking on “A non-linear professional path”. There will be a Q&A period following the talk.

Don’t forget to come prepared with a question or 2!

When: Thursday, October 27, 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Shrum Science Centre, Physics, SCP 8445.2

About the speaker:

Catia is a Scientist on the D-Wave processor development team, where she conducts experiments on novel superconducting devices which may be incorporated in quantum processing chips in the future. She was previously Lead for the Research Technician team, and managed this fantastic team that’s responsible for doing most of the hands-on lab work required to keep all of the complex parallel testing and production systems running smoothly (and troubleshooting them when they’re not!). Catia holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics from Mexico and a Master’s degree in Micro and Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge.

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Exchange Info Session

Attend this info session on Wednesday, October 26, from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. to discover how you can get international education experience while working towards your SFU degree! The session will cover Study Abroad, exchanges, short-term programs, and virtual exchanges (and how to choose the best one for you), costs and funding and more. Please register by October 25th.

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Business Career Expo

This is a special invitation for undergraduate and graduate students studying health sciences, kinesiology or in related fields. Beedie School of Business invites you to join its Fall Business Career Expo. Attending this event are BC Ministry of Health (Health Sector Information, Analysis and Reporting Division) and Vancouver Coastal Health who are looking to hire students for their part-time, co-op and new-grad roles. Please join us!

Date: Wed Oct 26, 2022
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm (you may drop in anytime during this time period)
Location: West Mall Centre Atrium (3rd floor)

If you have any questions about this event, please contact

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Career workshops with Steve Dalton

Do you know Steve Dalton is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and the Financial Times regarding his innovative job search and Interviewing skills and has more than 100 universities across North America are currently using his techniques?

Do you know the average Gen X stays at a job for 3.4 years, Gen Y, even less at 2.7 years, and Baby Boomers 12 years.

These techniques are a great addition to your career development tool kit.

Please join the SFU and Beedie Alumni offices on Oct 26th and / or Nov 3rd to learn more about Steve’s innovative and science based concepts.

Learn more and register

West Coast Virtual Fair with 220+ Employers & Grad Schools 

The West Coast Virtual Fair is back with over 220 organizations! Whether you are looking for your first career job, next co-op opportunities, graduate school programs or simply curious about your future career options, this fair is for you! 

Oct 26: Platform opens for student access and session booking
Nov 2 & 3: Live sessions with employers & exhibitors on the virtual fair platform

Need help preparing for the fair? Check out our upcoming workshops:

Sign up today to receive the platform link.

Don’t hesitate! Many of the top employers have limited spaces that you won’t want to miss. See you at the fair!

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McGill University's Graduate Programs in Kinesiology & Physical Education Online Info Session

Considering Grad Studies in Kinesiology? Join McGill's Online Information Session!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM until 8:15 PM EDT

McGill's Kinesiology & Physical Education Graduate Students benefit from: 

• Being mentored by global experts
• Hands-on experience in collaborative teams and labs
• Diverse funding opportunities and academic support
• A selection of thesis-based M.A., M.Sc., and PhD programs
• Options to pursue Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics and Neuroscience, and more!
• Opportunities that lead to exciting science-based careers in research, health and wellness, academia, sports industries, and beyond!

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Medical Radiation Technologist Careers Virtual Information Session

Wed, Nov 23, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
With guest moderator Julia Leary, Career Advisor at the University of Guelph

Ready to launch your career in one of the most in demand and fastest-growing healthcare professions in Canada? Being a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) is a fulfilling profession involving cutting edge technology and patient care. Join us virtually and learn about the MRT profession from professionals working across the country.

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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!

AWM Biweekly Hot Chocolate Chats

All students (graduate and undergraduate, from any department) are welcome to attend the SFU AWM Student Chapter's Hot Chocolate Chats!


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.

The Princeton Review Canada - Mock MCAT and Medical School Symposium

Are you thinking about applying to Medical School? The Princeton Review has got some upcoming virtual events that would be perfect for you!

Virtual Mock MCAT Day
Join The Princeton Review for a free practice MCAT on Saturday, November 5th, 2022, from 9am-4:30 pm. You will be virtually proctored by one of their awesome campus reps! After the test, you will get free access to a detailed, interactive score report.

Virtual Medical School Symposium
In addition, The Princeton Review will be hosting a virtual Medical School Symposium on Thursday November 3rd, 2022, from 6-9 pm PST.

This exciting event includes:

  • Overview of the application process to medical school
  • Strategy Session for the MCAT
  • Q&A panel of med students and med school graduates


Call 1-800-273-8439, ext. 5293.


2022 Active Bystander Intervention Campaign

SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office is hosting the annual #ItTakesAllOfUsSFU campaign from October 24-28. Learn how you can prevent sexual violence by practicing the 4Ds of active bystander intervention. Follow the SVSPO on Instagram or Facebook @sfu.svspo or visit the webpage to get a daily tip on how you can help create a culture of respect, care and safety at SFU.

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.

*Note: Enrollment appointments for Spring 2023 classes begin Nov 7, 2022

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.


Career Ready Changemaker Program

The new Career Ready Changemaker Program will help you explore actions you can be taking NOW to track towards a high impact career. Learn social innovation skills, build your portfolio and connections, while receiving recognition on your Co-Curricular Record. 

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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

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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.

Research participant recruitment

A survey of female athlete reproductive health and perceived implications on performance

We are currently working on a project regarding female athlete reproductive health and performance and are recruiting athletes to complete a survey. We will be asking questions regarding menstrual cycle status, birth control use, and pregnancy planning, and how these affect your training and performance.

If you’re interested in participating, see the flyer for additional information and to scan the QR code to take you to the survey, or click this link to take you to the survey:

Take the Survey 

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

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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.

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