October 31, 2022 | Digest No. 322


Occupational Therapists Night

The BPK Student Association is excited to bring to students an Occupational Therapist Night, Friday November 4th from 4:00-5:00 pm PST on Zoom! We will have BPK Alumni currently practicing as Occupational Therapists talk about the admissions and application process as well as how you can prepare for the future! We also have Oztrekk coming to speak on study abroad opportunities for students interested in Occupational Therapy, and lastly we will have amazing draw prizes for students who attend live! Sign using the Google Form to receive the Zoom link - . The Zoom link will also be available the day of the event in our Instagram Link in Bio @bpksa_sfu. We hope to see you all there!

Neuroscience Careers Workshop

November 10, 2:30-4pm
SFU Burnaby Campus Halpern Centre 126 or Online

Are you an SFU undergraduate student who wants to learn more about neuroscience research careers? Join us at our Neuroscience Careers Workshop to hear about how to gain neuroscience research experience as an undergrad, how to apply for graduate programs, where to find funding opportunities, and much more!

Register here

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

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!

register now

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.

Learn More and Register

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.


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

Spring 2023 Courses

BISC 371: Crucial Discoveries in Biology (Special Topics) B-Sci (3 units)

Instructor:  Dr. Eirikur Palsson
Prerequisite:  45 units
Method of Instruction:  Blended (asynchronous and synchronous components are online).
Midterm and Final exams are in-person.
Course Outline:

This course is intended for non-BISC students, and a great course for those who need an upper division B-Sci credits.  BISC students are welcome to take the course and count the course towards the general elective.

Biology impacts our lives every day. This course will highlight significant discoveries that have fundamentally changed scientific thinking in various biological fields, and you will learn how the scientific method led to acceptance of these ideas. We will discuss basic cell and developmental processes that are responsible for the diversity of unicellular and multicellular organisms. You will learn how key discoveries in genetic inheritance and molecular biology have paved the way for the technological breakthroughs like gene sequencing and editing that are currently used in all aspects of biological science. Technological advances include the use of modeling and statistics that enable studies of relationships in developmental biology, evolution and ecology. We will discuss the discoveries in evolution and adaption that fundamentally changed our understanding of speciation and the creation of biological diversity, as well as key ideas in ecology that influence our efforts on conservation, global warming and pollution. You will also learn how studies in basic biological science have led to medical breakthroughs such as in neurobiology, microbiology and the use of antibiotics, and cancer research.

BISC 373: Brewing Science (3 units)

Instructor:  Dr. Zamir Punja
Prerequisite: 60 units
Method of Instruction: in-person, Monday 9:30 - 12:20
Course outline:

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of the science of brewing. As an introduction, the history of brewing and its impact on society and discovery of the brewing process will be discussed. This will be followed by a review of the brewing ingredients, the processes that are involved, and the various inputs required. The process of malting and fermentation will be discussed in detail. The by-products of the brewing process and their uses will be presented. Aspects of plant biology and cultivation, biochemistry, and yeast microbiology as it relates to the brewing process will be presented.

There will be several guest lectures on the selection of high-quality ingredients, packaging, marketing and management of products derived from the brewing process.

Outline of Topics:

Introduction and history of brewing
Global brewing industry – statistics
Brewing ingredients
The malting process
The fermentation process
Chemical conversions and measurements
Quality aspects of brewing
Packaging and marketing
Business planning
Alcohol, health and society

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.


Ph.D. Program - Regenerative Sciences Track

Seeking to spur development of innovative medical breakthroughs, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in partnership with the Center for Regenerative Biotherapeutics, started one of the nation's first doctoral research training programs in regenerative sciences.

Regenerative medicine is transforming clinical practice with the development of new therapies, treatments and surgeries for patients with chronic conditions, debilitating injuries and degenerative diseases. Advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields unlock new opportunities for innovative breakthroughs for the next generation of regenerative diagnostic and therapeutic medical solutions.

The Regenerative Sciences (REGS) Ph.D. track at Mayo Clinic is a transdisciplinary Ph.D. Program designed to prepare the next generation of scientists to accelerate the discovery, translation, and application of cutting-edge regenerative diagnostics and therapeutics. The REGS Ph.D. track builds on the existing Mayo Clinic Regenerative Sciences Training Program (RSTP) to now offer in-depth curriculum and advanced training opportunities.

All Ph.D. Program candidates must fulfill the following requirements for eligibility:

  • A baccalaureate degree, preferably in the biological or physical sciences, must be obtained from an accredited institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary
  • Certification of the degree is required

More info

Master’s Program in Smart Medicine and Health Informatics

NTU is the most prestigious university in Taiwan and is among the top 100 universities in the world. Guided by independent thought and a pioneering spirit of enterprise, students at NTU become a part of the nation’s most prosperous center of learning and receive a comprehensive and quality education. As NTU’s newest College, the International College of NTU was founded in 2021 as a milestone in the globalization efforts of NTU and aims to build a higher education platform that combines the strengths and uniqueness of Taiwan with the most vital academic disciplines of NTU.

The International College’s Master’s Program in Smart Medicine and Health Informatics (Smart MHI) is designed to equip students with a combination of expertise in ICT, Healthcare, Biomedical Informatics, and Data Science – skills that are in increasingly high demand in hospitals, medical centers, CROs, government agencies, private sectors, and healthcare industries.

The well-rounded curriculum has been organized in several aspects: Personalized and Smart Medicine, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Biomedical Signal and Processing. We offer theory- and research-based teaching as well as application-based clinical training. This program aims to cultivate industry leaders and scholars with a holistic vision to innovate the field of intelligent medicine and health informatics.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • English proficiency certificate at CEFR B2 or above

Application Deadline

  • Local students: December 6, 2022
  • International students: February 20, 2023
  • Overseas Chinese students: December 15, 2022

If you have further questions, we invite you to attend our Information Session:

  • Date: Nov. 28, 2022 | 11:00 – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Online & On-campus
  • Sign-up: Google Sheet

Further information is available on our website (, and we welcome you to join us in the next class!

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. 

more info

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



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

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

Spring 2023 BPK TA ships

BPK's TAships for Spring 2023 is open. Applications are due on Monday, Nov 7th.

*These opportunities are for Graduate students and senior BPK majors.

More info

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

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