A few of SFU's most inspiring graduate students, Associate Deans and Deans over the last 50 years.

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50 Inspiring Alumni

September 01, 2015
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A researcher voted one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014, a globe trotting under-water filmmaker, and a medical doctor who founded one of  North America's largest road races in his spare time.

As part of our celebrations to mark the university's 50th Anniversary, we asked graduate program staff, faculty and retirees to choose the top 50 most inspiring graduate students from the over 22,000 graduate degrees that have been conferred by SFU in the last five decades (see more of the history of Graduate Studies at SFU). 

These alumni stories demonstrate the many ways SFU's graduate students have engaged the world in order to build a better society, to solve human problems, and to bring delight and warmth to others—with of course a little help from their graduate programs.

Over and over, the alumni interviewed for this series described their time in their respective graduate program as pivotal experiences that challenged them to see the world in new ways and supported them to take their lives in new and exciting directions.

Browse the stories below and meet some of the people from SFU's past that have helped make it, and the rest of the world, a better place.  

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