New Students

The Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows has excellent resources and information for new graduate students.  Visit their website to get the most out of what this University has to offer!

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

As a student studying in Canada, you must have medical insurance.  Choose the category that best describes you here to figure out how to obtain health care coverage.

ACTIVATING YOUR SFU COMPUTING ID/EMAIL ADDRESS

After you accept an offer of admission by paying your admission deposit, you will receive an email sent to your non-SFU email address indicating that your SFU computing ID is ready for online activation.  All computing IDs, for a given term, are issued at the same time.

This email will be sent on the following schedule:

Students Beginning studies in:

September: Email sent mid-June

January: Email sent mid-October

May: Email sent mid-February

* If you confirm your offer of admission after the scheduled issue date, you will be sent an email within 5 days of paying your deposit.

With your official student number, you can activate your SFU computing ID here.

Send an email to the Graduate Secretary, Nathalie Fournier <chemgdin@sfu.ca> once you've set up your email account so that you can be added to the graduate distribution list.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE

The minimum requirement is 12 units of graduate coursework including CHEM 801, and CHEM 802 which students are required to take as early in their program as possible.  CHEM 802 should be taken in the earliest semester possible, following the completion of CHEM 801.

Students are expected to complete the course requirements in six terms and complete the program requirements in no more than nine terms (see Graduate General Regulation 1.12.2)

All students are required to attend 75% of weekly seminars each semester unless recognized conflicts exist. Failure to meet this requirement will result in an assessment of 'unsatisfactory progress' at the student's next committee meeting (see Graduate General Regulation 1.8.2)

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Students entering the program with a bachelor of science (BSc) degree or equivalent (including students who transfer from MSc to the PhD) will complete 15 units in graduate courses including CHEM 808, but not including CHEM 802.

For students entering with a master's degree, 9 units of graduate courses including CHEM 808 is required, but not including CHEM 801 and 802.

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in four to five years with the possibility of one year extension.  Failure to successfully defend a PhD thesis within the prescribed years will be considered unsatisfactory progress (see Graduate General Regulation 1.8.2)

ENROLLING IN THE MSC OR PHD THESIS COURSE

Your registration in the MSc or PhD Thesis course confirms that you are active in the Chemistry Graduate Program.  Masters students enroll in CHEM 898 and Doctoral students in CHEM 899.

Self-enrollment is done using the Student Information System and is open 5 weeks prior to the start of a term.

GETTING YOUR LIBRARY/STUDENT ID CARD

24 hours after you have enrolled in the MSc or PhD Thesis course, you can get your student ID card.  This card allows you to sign books out from the library, get your u-pass, access the gym facilities, and much more.

To get your student ID card, visit Student Services on the 3rd floor of the Maggie Benson Centre.  You'll be required to present goverment issued photo-ID (e.g. driver's license, passport, permanent residency card) that displays your legal name as it appears in the Student Information System.

GETTING A SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER

You can obtain your Social Insurance Number (SIN) by applying in-person at any Service Canada Office.  International students need to present their CIC issued study permit.  Please note: original documents are required, photocopies are not accepted.

OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT

Having a bank account will allow your pay to be deposited directly into your account by SFU.

To open a bank account, you can visit any bank or credit union.  You'll need to bring the following documentation and may need to make an appointment before opening your account:

  • Passport and study permit
  • SFU student ID card
  • Proof of registration at SFU
        To obtain a letter from the department confirming you are a graduate student, email <chemgdin@sfu.ca> with your full name and student number.
  • Documentation of your address in Canada (i.e. phone bill, Residence contract)

SUBMITTING YOUR PAYROLL FORMS TO THE DEPARTMENT

Fill out and submit your completed payroll forms (below) to the Financial Assistant, Laura Seto, so she can add you to payroll.

COMPLETING YOUR SAFETY TRAINING

Laboratory safety training is mandatory for all individuals working in a laboratory setting.  Training sessions are available at the beginning of each semester.  Register by emailing Anne Carchesio at carchesi@sfu.ca.  After you and your Supervisor have reviewed the Employee Safety Training handout, return the completed 3-page form to Monica Szczepina in C-9033.  You should also speak with your supervisor to determine whether you need any other safety training (e.g. Radiation Safety).

Additional Resources

Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist

Laboratory Safety Manual

Visit the Environmental Health & Research Safety website for more information.

GETTING YOUR PHOTO TAKEN

Staff/faculty and student photoboards located by the General Office allow people to quickly identify those associated with the Chemistry Department.  It is recommended that you have your photo taken.

The Department arranges two photo sessions around the beginning of the Fall and Spring terms.  An email announcement will be sent a couple weeks in advance of these sessions to let you know of the dates and times.  Business attire is requested for the 10-15 minute photo sessions.