Resources for Graduate Students

The Research Hub space is open and available to all graduate students in Education to support you in your research journey. We have working spaces for focused individual work as well as open spaces that encourage small and larger group collaborations and discussions. We have technical resources such videoconferencing equipment and monitors to help you collaborate in your projects. Check out other offerings the research hub has to support your work in your graduate research journey. 

Come Join the Research Matters Online Community

You are invited to join the Research Matters @ the Faculty of Education, a growing online community in Canvas. Stay updated on upcoming events by the Research Hub, be connected with Education faculty and graduate students, and access valuable programs, services and resources provided.

Click to join now: Log in with your SFU computing ID and you will be part of our community.

Writing Retreats for Graduate Students 

The Research Hub is thrilled to announce the return of our highly acclaimed monthly Writing Retreat series for Faculty of Education graduate students! This in-person writing program was beloved by numerous graduate students prior to the pandemic, and we are excited to resume it for our scholarly community.  

Whether you are crafting a paper for class, composing a journal article for publication, or embarking on your thesis writing journey, the Research Hub's Writing Retreat is the perfect opportunity to boost your productivity and connect with your peers. You will receive both academic and social support through these retreats! 

December Event Details:

📅 Date: Friday, December 8th, 2023 

🕒 Time: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

     (12:30 - 1:00: Check-in, Light Lunch; 1:00 - 5:00: Facilitated, Dedicated Writing Time) 

🏢 Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, EDB7600 

💻 Please bring your own laptop or device for writing.  

A light lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided. 

Space is limited. Please click here to register to secure your spot and participate in the event! 

Future retreats will be announced later. If you have any questions about the retreats, please contact Gahyun Son ( or the Research Hub (

IDEAS Podcast

Innovative Dialogue in Educational Approaches and Scholarship (IDEAS) is a series of podcasts created by and for graduate students as a platform to showcase their research practices. We would like to respectfully acknowledge that IDEAS podcast series is recorded and launched at SFU located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) Nation.

The series features graduate students from diverse disciplines at different points in their research, sharing their challenges, accomplishments, and experiences. Special thanks to Shaila Shams, Dr. Poh Tan, and Dr. Kari Gustafson for conducting podcast interviews. Also, we are grateful to our amazing podcast guests. Episodes are released on the last Wednesday of the month.

Episode 45: A Researcher's Dilemma in Navigating Western and Eastern Epistemologies and their Manifestation in Coconstructing Data in Rural China

In this episode, Dr. Yujuan Wu shares her research with IDEAS listeners. She discusses the sociomaterial framework that she used in her research; her understanding of post-qualitative ethnography and how the theories and methodology complement each other. She also reflects on the intellectual process of incorporating eastern philosophy in her research. Dr. Wu conducted her fieldwork in rural China and observed contradictions of western ethical requirements and their applications in non-western contexts and shares how she navigated those contradictory moments in her work.

Speaker Bio

Yujuan Wu has recently completed her doctoral studies in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her doctoral research project focused on the interplay between English as a foreign language (EFL) education and digital literacies in rural China. Informed by new materialism and posthumanism, her research documented how multiple relationships were formed among modes, languages, materials and the bodies of rural Chinese EFL learners as they engaged in digital literacy practices mainly in beyond-classroom learning environments.

Upcoming Episode

The next episode is upcoming soon in December!


Past Episodes

Episode 44: Shifting Research Focus, Adopting the Lens of Phenomenology, and Embracing COVID-19 Challenges - Michael Maser - Click to listen

Episode 43: The Journey of the Reading, Thinking and Doing (RTD) Club - Jacky Barreiro, Magali Forte, and Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 42: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Canan Güneş - Canan Güneş - Click to Listen

Episode 41: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Gloria (Yu-ting) Lin - Gloria (Yu-ting) Lin - Click to Listen

Episode 40: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Amber Moore - Amber Moore - Click to Listen

Episode 39: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Qinghua Chen - Qinghua Chen - Click to Listen

Episode 38: A Researcher’s Journey of Negotiation with Self - Connie Lam James - Click to Listen

Episode 37: Community Engaged Research and Environmental Education: Part 2 - Jacquie Kowk, Maria Cristina Albuquerque, and Poh Tan - Click to Listen

Episode 36: Community Engaged Research and Environmental Education: Part 1 - Chantal Martin, Poh Tan, and David Zandvliet - Click to Listen

Episode 35: Community Engaged Research: The Importance of Relationship Building - Akiko Ohta - Click to Listen

Re-introduction of IDEAS in 2023 - Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 34: A PDP graduate's reflections on learning and teaching - Daniel Cooper - Click to Listen

Episode 33:
Mathematics Education and learning through technology - Canan Güneş - Click here to Listen

Episode 32: Writing is Research. Research is Writing. Why Research and Writing is like building with LEGO bricks - Albert Fung - Click to Listen

Episode 31: 
Equity and Inclusiveness in K-12 education - Amrit Cojocaru - Click to Listen

Episode 30:
 A Researcher's journey into exploring and accepting "unconventional" methodology - Denise Findlay - Click to Listen

Re-Introduction to the Podcast - Dr. Poh Tan & Ms. Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 29: Faculty Writing Talk Part 4: Imagination as soil: Engaging and connecting through your writing practice - Dr. Gillian Judson - Click to Listen

Episode 28: Faculty Writing Talk Part 3: Finding your voice in academic spaces - Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee - Click to Listen

Episode 27: Faculty Writing Talk Part 2: Writing as public thinking - Dr. Yumiko Murai - Click to Listen

Episode 26: Mentorship conversations - The mentors we've never met - Hollman Lozano - Click to Listen

Episode 25: Breathing in and breathing out with your writing practice - Dr. Cher Hill & Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 24:
Conversations in the spaces in between Part IV: Supervisor / Supervisee Relationships - Tania Bakas & Dr. Masahiro Minami - Click to Listen

Episode 23: Shattering Ceilings and Breaking Moulds Toward Graduate Research Success - Dr. Susan O'Neill - Click to Listen

Episode 22: Conversations in the spaces in between Part III: Mentorship of the More-than-human World - Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 21: Conversations in the spaces in between Part II: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Ann Chinnery & Kristy Dellebuur O'Connor - Click to Listen

Episode 20: Conversations in the spaces in between Part I: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Celeste Snowber & Carolina Bergonzoni - Click to Listen

IDEAS Introduction to A New Host - Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 19: Successful Writing Practices from an EAL Perspective - Aisha Ravindran - Click to Listen

Episode 18: Arts, Intergenerational Education, and Interdisciplinary Research - Caroline Pacheco - Click to Listen

Episode 17: Music and Mathematics: The Role of Creativity in Pedagogy - Srividhya Balaji - Click to Listen

Episode 16: Reflections from IDEAS Co-hosts - Sharing What We've Learned with Other Podcasters – Poh Tan & Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 15: Confessions of a PhD Candidate: Navigating Challenges and Dealing with Anxiety during Research - Michael Maser - Click to Listen

Episode 14: Negotiating Learning Differences within Culturally Diverse Context - An International Student's Perspective - Chukwudi Nwobodo - Click to Listen

Episode 13: Navigating Controversy within Educational Research - Steven Zhao  - Click to Listen

Episode 12: Being Comfortable with Discomfort in Educational Research: A Phenomenological Approach - Lori Driussi  - Click to Listen

Episode 11: Publishing in Grad School - How to Overcome Challenges and Issues - Magali Forte - Click to Listen

Episode 10: Educational Research From a Social Justice Perspective - Jade Ho - Click to Listen

Episode 9: Indigenous Methodologies - Working together through respect, reciprocity, and relationality.- Kau'i Keliipio - Click to Listen

Episode 8: International Research Collaborations - A partnership between two graduate students - Mr. Eduardo Gluck & Dr. Poh Tan  Click to Listen

Episode 7: Research During COVID-19 Times - Ms. Livia Poljak  Click to Listen

Episode 6: Formulating a Research Question - Mr. Liang Cao  Click to Listen

Episode 5: Managing Your Time for Research and Writing - Ms. Kari Gustafson  Click to Listen

Episode 4: Importance of Critical Reading for Research - Jacky Barreiro   Click to Listen

Episode 3: Writing Comprehensive Examinations under Time Constraints - Ms. Livia Poljak   Click to Listen

Episode 2: Building towards a Conceptual Framework for Research - Ms. Shaila Shams   Click to Listen

Episode 1: Research and the Graduate Process - Dr. Poh Tan   Click to Listen

An introduction: Dr. Poh Tan and Ms. Shaila Shams  Click to Listen

Make Your Research Visible 

The Research Hub invites all students of the Faculty of Education to submit blog articles about your research for publication on the Research Hub website. Our goal is to promote your research, make it visible to wider audiences, and create connections with communities.

Your article can

  • showcase timely research on current issues in education
  • explain your research and its significance to a non-expert audience
  • report on outcomes and impacts of your research on academic and/or non-academic communities
  • share your experience and journey as an emerging scholar

Here is how you can participate

  • Click here to send a tentative title, a 75-word author bio, and a 100–120-word pitch. 
  • As soon as possible, the blog’s editor will respond to your pitch with a date for you to submit your complete article, or with a request for further details if needed.
  • Upon receiving your full article, we will notify you with an estimated publication date.

Your full article should be limited to 750 words. We invite creative pieces that include photos, videos, audio files, and/or other forms of expression that support your article.

Funding Opportunities

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) maintains a comprehensive list of awards and funding opportunities for graduate students. GPS also provides application support to students.

Faculty of Education Graduate Studies
Scholarships & Awards

Research Pods

Graduate students and faculty are invited to enjoy the following research interest groups, called Research Pods, to connect with each other intellectually and socially. You are welcome to join as many groups as you wish!  

If you would like to form a new group, please write up a description, specify a contact person and email the information to

Culturally Inclusive Place-Based Peer Learning Group

The CIPB (Culturally Inclusive Place-Based) EDd cohort includes 8 active members who are situated on lands of Indigenous peoples and live in the following places: Quadra Island, Port Hardy area, Prince George, Kamloops, Niagara Falls,On., Vancouver, Burnaby, Merritt. Some of our group are at near completion of their dissertation and others are still hard at work. We have been with one another since 2015.

Email contact: Kau’i Keliipio,

Phenomenology Group

If you are interested in discussing phenomenology and its links to education, please get in touch with grad student Michael Maser and we'll arrange a time to start talking!

Email contact: Michael Maser, 

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are two PhD students, Magali Forte and Jacky Barreiro, who are interested in tackling this idea with others. Please subscribe to the RTD mail list to receive the video conference link for this online discussion. Join the mail list

Email contact: Magali Forte,

Writing Development Group

This group is for graduate students who want a supportive place to work on their writing projects (thesis, assignments, etc.) There is no writing facilitator in the group.  We gather every Wednesday morning from 9am -noon with a very brief check in and check out before and after. 

Email contact: Poh Tan,