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October 10, 2018

October Update for Graduate Students

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Awards Timelines 

Important Info on Awards
Scan ahead so you have time to prepare! Keep a running list of awards in your personal calendar; if you've missed this year's deadline, the award will come up again next year.

See our Fall Awards Timeline.

Fall 2018 Scholarships and Workshops Handout: A list of upcoming workshops and scholarships

Fall 2018 External Doctoral Scholarships Roundup: A list of external doctoral scholarships

External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards

Awards available through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS):

  • Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
  • Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), The Northern Scientific Training Program provides supplementary support to offset the additional costs of northern research (i.e. transportation costs, living costs, shipping costs and interpreter fees). Deadline: November 1st of each year.
  • Fall 2018 CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC: A list of upcoming federal government master's and doctoral scholarships and deadlines
  • External Dissertation Awards, recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels
  • Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) - Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out how to accept, defer, interrupt your award payments.

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Simon Fraser University Awards

Graduate awards available through other SFU units:

  • Bursary, supplemental source of funding for students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline: October 15, 2018
  • Ebco/Eppich Graduate Scholarships, open to students registered in various departments, as long as their research projects are related to Intelligent Systems. Deadline: October 13, 2018
  • GSS Professional Development Grants, $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Deadline: November 1, 2018 for travel occurring between December 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019
  • SFU Central Open Access Fund, to help publish work in open access journals, up to $2500/article

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External Awards

Graduate awards available through external agencies:

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Mitacs Awards

  • Mitacs Accelerate, supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Accelerate International, up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Elevate,  $55,000 per year award for a customized research management training program, along with a two year research project with a non-academic organization. The program is open to all academic disciplines. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Awards provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.

Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca. Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.

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Recognition Awards

  • Awards for Excellence in Teaching, All continuing full and part-time faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, lecturers and lab instructors) who have taught a minimum of 5 years in a continuing position at Simon Fraser University are eligible for the awards. Nominations may be made by SFU students, alumni and/or faculty. To make a nomination, please write or email to vpacad@sfu.ca; deadline: October 15, 2018

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Student Jobs

Student Jobs Roundup
We track on-campus student job postings and collect them in blog posts. Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' Facebook group.

SFU Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool
SFU's Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool provide employment opportunities for SFU students. See also all SFU job postings, and subscribe to receive job alerts.

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Jobs Roundup

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Volunteering Roundup

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Mitacs Opportunities

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Mitacs Events

Mitacs Training
These workshops provide grad students and postdocs with career-ready skills. These full one- and two-day workshops are facilitated by professionals in the field and are free to current grad students and postdocs. Check out the calendar to learn more about upcoming workshops.

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Teaching and Learning Centre Programs

Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking, October 11, 2018
Does your chest tighten when you speak publicly? Does your delivery become awkward when you face an audience? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will introduce techniques to increase your confidence, vocal power and ability to communicate in a relaxed way. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education. Open until filled.

Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning, January 11–April 12, 2019
Are you a graduate student intending to apply for a teaching position? If so, reflecting on your teaching, improving your skills, and developing your practice may give you an advantage. This is a four-month, 120-hour, Senate-approved non-credit certificate for SFU graduate students who are aiming for employment in post-secondary institutions. Apply before October 19, 2018

Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom, October 25, 2018
Are you ready to trade your sleep-inducing monotone for a richer and more exciting sound? In this two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles you will learn to apply the musician’s tools of melody and rhythm to become a more confident, colourful and dynamic speaker. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education. Open until filled.

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, November 6, 2018
Are you planning to pursue a career as a tenure-track faculty member? If so, then you will need to prepare a teaching dossier at some point in order to document your teaching approaches, experience and effectiveness in the classroom. Open until filled.

Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections, November 8, 2018
Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education. Open until filled.

Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series, September 28-November 23
The Teaching and Learning Centre warmly invites graduate and postdoctoral students to join the Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series featuring innovative yet practical techniques to improve your teaching. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.

Private Voice Sessions, Mondays, September 17–December 3, 2018
Private voice sessions are an opportunity for faculty members and instructional staff to work with Sanders Whiting, the TLC’s teaching enhancement specialist for voice, on public speaking skills. Open until filled.

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Research Commons

Graduate Space
The Research Commons space on the 7th floor of SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by a door access punch-code which is regularly changed. The space is equipped with wireless internet access, PC and Mac workstationsbookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.

Individual Consultation
Need one-on-one help? SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with Research Commons staff and partners. If you have a general question, contact research-commons@sfu.ca.



Scholarly Communication, EAL/ESL

  • Let's Talk!
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
  • Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners:
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
  • Open but not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship:
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 7000

Research Software, Research Data Management

Visual Analytics

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Co-operative Education

Job Search Success
This is an online professional writing and intercultural communication course. You will improve your resume and cover letter while learning how to communicate in today's multicultural workplace; a skill employers look for today. Cost: $20; non-refundable after the start of the course. JSS is offered every semester; find registration dates on myExperience.

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Miscellaneous Programs

TA/TM Well-Being Project
Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers have a unique university experience as they juggle life as both a student and a teacher. The TA/TIM Well-Being Project supports TAs and TMs to enhance their own well-being and offers helpful strategies to create conditions for well-being within labs and tutorials.

Studying at SFU Surrey Campus and feeling stressed/anxious? Join the Y-Minds Program
Y-Minds is a free, 7-week low-barrier group counseling program for youth (age 18-30) to help manage stress, worries and anxiety. Learn how to cope with stress, worry, low mood and low energy, and connect with others going through similar experiences. Join the information on September 26th or October 3rd at the SFU Surrey campus to learn more, and check out Youth Mindfulness Group for more information.

New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation
The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is a mandatory workshop for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU. This includes TAs, TMs, RAs, postdocs, and event staff. Topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered. Online version available.

Career and professional development workshops
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partnership with Career and Volunteer Services' three-part series for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Dates for Fall Term

October 31
Last day for a 50% refund of tuition for term withdrawals (and course drops for unit fee students). No refund of ancillary fees.

November 1
Western Canadian Deans Agreement deadline for applying to take transfer courses at other western Canadian universities is 4–6 weeks before the beginning of the next term (depends on destination university).

November 5-23
Work-study application period.

November 5
Last day for graduate students to drop classes with WD on their transcripts.
Enrollment opens for Spring 2019 semester.

November 12
Remembrance Day. All classes cancelled and offices closed.

December 3
Classes end for Fall term.

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2018.

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Student Resources

At Simon Fraser University:

External Resources:

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In the News

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Reading Roundup

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Events for International Students

International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program
The International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program is specially designed for teaching assistants and graduate students who speak English as an additional language and helps with their academic communication and teaching skills. It is available as a 3-session or 10-session program. Register now for the spring term. Check out what past participants say about the program!

Africa-Focus Research and Engagement Day, Monday, October 22, 2018
The SFU African Studies Working Group and SFU International are pleased to invite you to a multi-disciplinary Africa-focused Research and Engagement Day, a one-day workshop for SFU faculty and graduate students who work on Africa-related research.

DAAD Research in Germany Info Session, Tuesday, October 30th
The session will provide an overview of the German research landscape, its major players and structure along with details on funding opportunities supporting research in Germany or with German partners.

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International Services for Students

SFU International's Weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.

SFU ISS Resources
Handouts available to answer your questions: Resources for New Graduate Students and Medical Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions. See all of their Resources and Handouts.

International Student Advising
International Services for Students offers in-person advising on all three campuses. You can also contact them by phone or e-mail.

Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Our mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community. Consider becoming a mentor.

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Resources and Information

International Graduate Student Coordinator
Need help and don’t know where to start? Connect with Tomke Augustin, International Graduate Student Coordinator. You can find her in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies CAPE Office (MBC 1500). Drop-ins welcome! You can also connect with her via e-mail at gradintl@sfu.ca or at 778-782-9284.

EAL/ESL Support Services for Graduate Students
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your proficiency, we have put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU.

Career Services Support for International Students
Are you planning your career after grad school? Career Services offers international student career support on Burnaby campus. Drop by the Global Student Centre on Mondays to get advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and jobs on campus. See all their services and workshops.

Support for your partner & family
If you or your partner are looking for work or wanting to settle in Canada, speak with a representative of S.U.C.C.E.S.S to receive information about career mentorship opportunities and settling in BC. Drop by their table at the Global Student Centre every other Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. Stay tuned about upcoming events for graduate students with partner & family and join our SFU-Families Facebook group.

Health & Counselling for International Students
Studying in a new country has many challenges. Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, the Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support. Learn how to make an appointment.

Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally, Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 PM
The Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally group provides students from international pathways with practical skills that will support their growth and success during their time at SFU. Drop-in; no registration required!

SFU Tandem
SFU Tandem is a free, 8-week language exchange program that gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to enhance their language skills through informal dialogue related to interesting topics.

Passport Stamp Update
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) no longer stamps all passports at airports with Primary Inspection Kiosks, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If you require a stamp, you will need to request one.

US Travel Ban
SFU Student Services has a website for students (and prospective students) affected by the US travel ban including travel advice. 

Islamophobia Hotline
Call the Islamophobia Hotline for free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.

Protect yourself from fraud
Protect yourself from fraud by finding out how to prevent fraud and how to report those who commit it.

Recommended Readings

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International Postdoctoral Fellows

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:

If you have any immigration related questions, please email Alina Roman, Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator and Immigration Consultant, at gradintl@sfu.ca. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.

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Student News and Resources

SFU Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), Denver Lynxleg: New location on Burnaby mountain
BOOZHOO! Denver Lynxleg is the Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), She is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday to support Indigenous students’ transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous Graduate Students' holistic academic path through mentorship, workshops, and as a resource mediator. She is honoured to be a visitor on the traditional and unceded territories of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ peoples, on whose traditional territories SFU’s three campuses stand. 

  • Hours: 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • Office: Burnaby campus AQ 6085

To book an appointment: call 778-782-9222 or e-mail gsindig@sfu.ca

SFU’s Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter
Subscribe to the Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter to learn more about SFU Indigenous-related events, announcements and important dates. Read the latest issue here.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter
Subscribe to the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter to learn more about the latest Indigenous-focused headlines, events and training, funding and job information, as well as resources and other unique opportunities. Subscribe here.

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Events and Opportunities

Indigenous Women's Stories of Journeying Through University Towards Their Career
Indigenous female post-secondary graduates, we need your voice. We are looking to identify how post-secondary institutions can increase indigenous female student population, retention and graduation.

Please join us to participate in an individual interview or sharing circle. We would love to hear about your experience succeeding in university and transitioning into your career. Recent graduates from the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Simon Fraser University are welcome to participate. In gratitude, participants will receive a gift card. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Research Project Contacts:

Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care, October 11, 2018
The segregated Indian hospitals have played a devastating role in degrading Indigenous health and wellbeing in Canada, their negative impact extending into the present where racist attitudes continue to play havoc with health. Gary Geddes will talk about the challenges of researching and writing about these issues, based on extensive reading and interviews with Indigenous elders. Learn more here.

ISTLD Research Assistant, October 15, 2018
The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD) and Faculty of Health Sciences invites applications for a Research Assistant (RA) appointment for the Teaching and Learning Development Grant project Decolonizing the scientific method in a first year breadth science course to begin October 2018, exact date TBD.Learn more here.

Conference: Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges, November 10-12, 2018
Join indigenous leaders, grassroots activists, students, NGOs, lawyers, judges, political representatives, forward-thinking businesses people and the general public to register for a new exciting and dynamic conference on Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges.

Visiting Elders Series for SAGE Indigenous Graduate Students, September 24-November 21, 2018
UBC’s Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP will be launching a Faculty of Education Visiting Elders series this upcoming academic year. This is an opportunity for SAGE Indigenous Graduate students to engage with Elders and knowledge keepers and to advance Indigenous priorities in the field of education. Learn more here.

Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, September 4-December 2, 2018
Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts is curated by Lorna Brown and is the third of four exhibitions based upon the Belkin Art Gallery’s research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture. Collective Acts, which taps into the generative potential of archival research by artists into experiments with collective organizing and cooperative production, presenting new work by Dana Claxton, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective, Christine D’Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith, alongside work by Salish Weavers Guild members Mary Peters, Adeline Lorenzetto and Annabel Stewart. Learn more here.

Assistant Professor – Native American Environment, Health and Community, Open until filled
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member with expertise that may be applied in a Native American community context. This position will be one of an interdisciplinary cluster hire focused on Native American Environment, Health and Community. Collaborating units include the School of Nursing, and the School of Human Ecology. Successful candidates will conduct interdisciplinary research, teach courses, mentor students, and contribute to academic service and an academic environment of inclusive excellence. Learn more here.

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Scholarships and Awards

Indspire's Building Brighter Futures ProgramNovember 1
Indspire is offering a number of bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students studying in graduate degree programs. These awards are available to Indigenous students studying within Canada, however graduate-level studies outside of Canada will also be considered. Application deadlines are February1, August 1, and November 1, and of every year.

Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award WebinarNovember 8
Open to Indigenous students and allies who have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in their community.

SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation-Connection Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 for 6 months for applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award
Up to $5,000 grant for Aboriginal students and fellows to promote interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities; no deadline

Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award
The Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award provides financial support for Indigenous graduate students to present their research at academic conferences. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before conferences to pay for their conference fees and/or travel costs in advance. Disbursements of up to $1000 may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year). For more info connect with Denver Lynxleg, Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator gsindig@sfu.ca

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Graduate Student Society News and Events

Volunteer Opportunities
The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli (pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca).

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Simon Fraser University Events

On campus:

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Events Around Metro Vancouver

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Calls for Proposals/Participants

SFU's Student Experience Initiative
The Student Experience Initiative (SEI) aims to enhance the experience of students by developing high-impact opportunities for engagement with the SFU community. Visit https://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/SEI.html to learn more and learn about the various ways you can participate.

Interact Arbutus Greenway Study
Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway project is transforming a historic railway into a vibrant corridor for people to walk, cycle, roll, and connect. Will its development make the city a happier and healthier place to be? We’re uniting hundreds of Vancouverites to find out.

TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program provides transformational support to a global community of 450+ innovators who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world.

Beyond citations: from academia to the workplace
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) invites graduate students to submit an executive summary of their research to be published on the CCDI website. Research could include a thesis, a chapter, a report, or any other previous publications. Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year CCDI individual practitioner subscription (value: $199).

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