January 9, 2023 | Digest No. 329


BPK Major/Minor Approval Information Session

Are you interested in declaring, i.e., getting approved into, a Biomedical Physiology major or minor, or a KIN major or minor, or a Behavioural Neuroscience major? Approval is competitive. Do you have questions about the process or whether you qualify? Please join us for a zoom information session where all of your questions will be answered.

Thursday, 26 January 2023, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
Zoom (Zoom link to be sent upon registration)


BPK Co-op info session

Interested in participating in the BPK Co-op program? Come and learn more! Hear from senior students about their co-op journey, learn about the co-op program, how to join, and meet the co-op team.

We look forward to having you join us!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 11:30 - 12:20
BLU 9920

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Picture a Scientist Screening and Talkback

The Faculty of Science and the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office are partnering for a free screening of Picture a Scientist, a documentary highlighting experiences of gender-based discrimination and violence in the academic sciences. After watching the film, students will participate in a facilitated discussion of the documentary, of their own experiences as Science students, and what groups, services, and resources exist on campus for supporting students.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 3:30-6:15pm
Sci-Space, AQ 3146

*Option to attend at 5:30pm if watching documentary in advance.

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What will it take? Tackling Gender Equity in the Academic Sciences

After some gains in the 1970s, conditions of equity and inclusion within academic sciences has largely stayed the same, and in some ways worsened, over the past fifty years. Making sense of how to meaningful effect change is a process that is as necessary as it is difficult. This workshop will help interested students in thinking through their theories of change that will get us to the world they are seeking to build. This workshop is broadly applicable but discussion will largely be focused on gender-based violence and marginalization within academic sciences. You are strongly encouraged to have watched the documentary Picture a Scientist and participated in our event on January 10th, but it is not required.

Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 3:30-5pm
Sci-Space, AQ 3146

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Sci-Space grand opening

Science undergrads: Sci-Space is officially open, and we’re celebrating from January 16-20! Drop in during our grand opening week for informal activities like board gaming, crafting and speed-friending, and plan to attend other academic workshops and events. Connect with fellow Science undergrads and meet new friends over snacks and free stuff. We will share more details about grand opening week soon, so check the Sci-Space Grand Opening Week event listing for updated info.

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2023 BPK Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

2023 Spring BPK USRA competition is now open! Application deadline is Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 at 11:59pm. 


Spring 2022 Academic Dates and Deadlines

Spring term courses start January 4, 2023; last day of exams is April 24, 2023. To help you plan out your semester, here's the link to the important dates and deadlines for Spring 2023:


Academic announcements

Academic Advising

BPK students who are officially approved into a BPK major or minor program can book advising appointments and access Zoom drop-in link using the Advisor Link system.

** Please have Academic Transcripts on-hand for appointments. Follow this link for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:

Day Appointments
Monday 10am – 11:40am
Tuesday 10am – 11:40am; 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 11:40am; 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 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 email the advisor through the Advising Contact Form.

BPK Undergraduate Advising


Learn and Earn! Removing Barriers to WIL: EDI Bursary & Professional Development Opportunity for Students

Apply now for an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) professional development opportunity. Earn $800 upon completion!

SFU undergraduate and graduate students from all faculty areas are invited to join Learn and Earn! Bursary program starts January 2023 online, for four weeks!  Eligible students must be currently registered in a course or program that has a partner organization and work integrated learning / hands-on component (including but not limited to: research; community-based or service learning; Co-op; Entrepreneurship; Field placement, internship, or practicum).  Enrolment limited – apply early! 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHub. 

Apply Now

An All Expenses Paid Summer School in Vision Science at York University

Join this one-week all expenses paid vision science program for undergraduate students which will take place July 10 – 14, 2023. This program is an excellent to do a deep dive into vision related research and to learn from world leaders in the field. Applicaiton deadline is February 10, 2023. More info here.

Apply here

McMaster University Rehabilitation Sciences is accepting GRADUATE applications! 

Are you interested in rehabilitation science? Apply for our September 2023 admission intake!

September 2023 Admission Intake Application Deadlines: 
- MSc Course Based application deadline: July 10, 2023 
- MSc Thesis application deadline: February 20, 2023 
- PhD Thesis and PhD Dual application deadline: February 20, 2023 

More info

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



Research participant recruitment

Sex Differences in the Neurophysiological and Ventilatory Responses to Exercise: Impact of the Sensations of Exertional Dyspnea

You are being invited to take part in this research study because you are between the ages of 19-40 (inclusive), are healthy, and recreationally active (participate in at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity).

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the sensations of breathlessness differ between healthy recreationally active men and women, and to study the responses to exercise when breathing is made more difficult with dead space loading (increasing the amount of inhaled air that does not reach the lungs)

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Supine-to-stand versus Supine-to-Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP), Cardiovascular/Musculoskeletal Baroreflex Responses (#30001262)

We are looking for healthy, able-bodied participants aged 19-35 years to come to the Aerospace Physiology Laboratory (APL) to undergo supine-to-stand and supine-to-lower body negative pressure (LBNP) testing protocols. 

Your participation in this study will involve…

  • 1 lab visit (no longer than 1 hour) at SFU’s APL where you will be lying on your back and standing on a force platform.
  • 1 lab visit (no longer than 1 hour) at SFU’s APL where you will be lying on your back inside a LBNP chamber from below the hips.

Both visits will be measuring heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle activity.

Your contribution helps us improve our understanding if LBNP accurately mimics heart and muscle responses that are seen with quiet standing after laying down.

For more information, please contact APL via email or telephone:
Telephone: 778-255-3904

Employment Opportunities

Academics First Tutoring Program: Seeking qualified tutors

The Academics First Tutoring Program is hiring tutors in a variety of subject areas, especially BPK (all 100- and 200-level), for the Spring 2023 term and beyond. This is an on-call position and assignments are made based on received request. May you please pass along and share out this opportunity via your channels/networks?

The posting is up until Friday, January 13, 2023 at noon. Students only need to apply with their transcript and resume. Any interested applicants, as well as questions and concerns, can be sent to

Pay rates:

  • Undergraduate students: $20/hr
  • Master’s students: $25/hr
  • Doctoral students: $30/hr
  • All tutors are compensated at $16 per hour for training

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.



Volunteer Opportunity at Jump Gymnastics

Jump Gymnastics has supported over 22,000 families to raise self-confident kids who thrive in all sports.

Do any of the following sound like you?

  • You’re a change agent, you are interested in development and improvement, especially when it comes to growth personally, professionally, and physically.
  • You’re understanding─you will be working with young children with a wide variety of learning styles and abilities
  • You love being active and having fun! You will be constantly moving and engaging with the children
  • You shine with enthusiasm─you love coming to work, and it shows!
  • You’re an energetic leader—you are confident communicating with both children and their parents.

If any of the above sound familiar, completing a University Practicum with Jump Gymnastics might be right for you!
Interested? Fill out our application form today!

Apply Now

Call for Volunteers at REACH

The Heart Healthy workshop has topic tables for volunteers to educate and enlighten their community. Become a Health Promoter with educating on heart topic tables such as: Checking clients in and introducing REACH, Cardiovascular health screening questions, Blood pressure and heart rate check, Weight or waist circumference check, Nutrition information & Active living information. 

Workshop detail:

  • Last Wednesday of each month (February 22, March 29, April 26)
  • 4PM to 7PM
  • REACH Community Health Centre, 1145 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X3

Deadline to apply: Feburary 3, 2023

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Volunteer Seniors Advocate - Chimo

Volunteering with Chimo offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to support those in need and to make a positive difference in your community. Volunteering is a powerful avenue for ongoing personal growth! It is also a great way to gain valuable life skills and professional skills, such as self-awareness, active listening skills, crisis prevention, personal advocacy and knowledge of government and community resources.

We are proud to offer in-depth training delivered by highly-skilled, Masters-level training facilitators. Volunteers are the backbone of our services, and we are committed to ensure that you receive the training, support and encouragement that you deserve.

Volunteer Seniors Advocate - Overview

The Volunteer Seniors Advocate will  

  • assist residents aged 55 and over in the Richmond and South Delta area with housing, food, benefits, and community resources through a senior-centered case management approach.
  • empower clients to develop the confidence and skills to effectively speak and act for themselves, gather information, gain knowledge, learn to identify, and address issues, and prevent crises.

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SFU Sports Medicine Clinic Assistant Program

The SFU Sports Medicine department is seeking students who are interested in volunteering in the Sports Medicine Clinic during the Spring semester. Students must completed BPK 241 and have their first aid CPR/AED up to date.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record here.

Apply Now

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.


In Memoriam - Dr. Don Hedges

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired faculty, Dr. Don (Doc) Hedges.

Lacrosse community mourns the passing of a Coquitlam legend
Tricity News - Dec 31, 2022

Obituary: Lacrosse community mourns death of ever helpful Dr. Don (Doc) Hedges
The Province - Jan 2, 2023

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