Dear Faculty of Education Graduate Students,

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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

May 2020

Awards and Funding Opportunities

  1. External Award: Youth Education Assistance Fund
    For young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency (See also Youth Education Bursary).
  2. Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
    SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities.
  3. SFU Central Open Access Fund
    The Open Access Author Fund (The Fund) supports SFU authors who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals and who are required to pay an article processing fee (APC). Up to $2500/article.
  4. Graduate [Int'l] Research Travel (Deadlines Vary By Department)
    PFor students traveling for research as a degree requirement.
  5. Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Multiple Rolling Deadlines A Year)
    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.
  6. Mitacs Accelerate International (Apply Anytime)
    Up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world.
  7. Mitacs Accelerate (Apply Anytime)
    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.
  8. EGSA Professional Development Grant
    The grant is available to education graduate students as a source of funding to help support learning activities that enrich a student’s focus of study. Education graduate students are eligible for up to $400 per academic year (September 1 to August 31), pending available funds. Professional Development Grants will be allocated by lottery.

Conferences & Events

  1. Interactional Ethnography as a logic-of-inquiry: Tracing the levels of analytic scale to understand what is being dialogically and socially constructed with students.
    Live Stream Seminar with Judith Green - May 29, 2020, 6:00 pm (Vancouver Time); 9:00 pm (Pennsylvania time); May 30, 2020, 9:00 am (Hong Kong Time); 10:00 am (Japan time); 11:00 am (Melbourne time)
    Judith Green is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education, where she worked from 1990-2016. Her teaching and research focus on teaching-learning relationships, disciplinary knowledge as socially constructed, and ethnographic research and discourse studies of the patterns of everyday life in classroom. Questions that she explores in her research and in her classes include: How do children gain access to school knowledge? What counts as literacy and learning in school settings? How is disciplinary knowledge socially constructed? What opportunities for learning are constructed in classrooms, and who has access to these opportunities? How does the theory you select shape your research questions, the methods you use, and the claims that you can make about a phenomenon? To join online, please click on the Youtube link. Organized by TL-TS Research Group.
  2. Call for Papers - 2021 Hawaii International Conference on Education - Submission/Proposal Deadline: August 7, 2020
    The 19th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 4th (Monday) to January 7th (Thursday), 2021 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2021 Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.

Job Openings

  1. Student teachers and tutoring opportunities - Apply to become a School Easy Tutor Now!
    School is Easy tutorsSchool is Easy tutors are subject matter experts, have great communication skills, and love helping their students. Earn great pay for rewarding and flexible work. Apply to join the School is Easy team now!
  2. SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre
    Work with youth, make a difference, and get SFU Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit! The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre has been working hard to make all volunteer positions CCR-approved. You get to have fun and make a difference in a child or teen’s life, AND you get CCR credit for doing it. 
  3. Become a mentor: YWCA high school mentorship program
    Share your experience to help shape the career of a young woman in your community. Mentor a Grade 11 or 12 student through the YWCA High School Mentorship program. Are you a young professional woman who can spare a few hours each month to provide advice, support, and encouragement? YMCA is always in need of women from a variety of professions to mentor high school girls in Vancouver and Coquitlam. As a mentor, you will commit to meeting with your mentee once or twice each month, for a minimum of one school year (meetings are from November to the end of June the following year). For more information or to apply, contact High School Mentorship at 604 895 5846 | mentorship@ywcavan.org.
  4. Indigenous mentors needed! YWCA indigenous mentorship program
    The YWCA Circle of Sisters Indigenous Mentorship Program provides opportunities for self-identified Indigenous girls, age 12-18 (mentees), to connect with Indigenous community and culture with the help of young self-identified Indigenous women (mentors) and skilled facilitators. The program welcomes members of the Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer and Disabled Communities. YWCA Metro Vancouver is now seeking self-identified Indigenous women to volunteer as mentors and work with Indigenous teen girls in their mentorship program. Apply Now.
  5. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. 10-week Intensive International Teaching Assistants Seminar - Various Dates
    Are you interested in improving your academic communication and/or teaching skills?
    The FREE 10-week International Teaching Assistants Seminar is designed for you! It's free for all registered graduate students and is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU.
  2. Teaching Matters Seminar Series - Various Dates
    The Teaching Matters Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and instructional staff to discuss literature, share experiences and demonstrate practices related to teaching and learning. It runs every second week in the spring and fall semesters.
  3. Research Commons Workshops
    Research Commons offers workshops in all three campuses, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  4. Dissertation/Thesis Support Group - Available by Referral
    Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated? This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management. 
  5. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  6. Thesis templates & Resources
    Information on templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.

Student Resources

  1. SFU’s Big Data - Accelerate your research
    Are you ready to take data-intensive research to the next level? See how Simon Fraser University’s leadership in big data can support you.

    SFU’s Big Data Infrastructure: SFU researchers can now access a set of free, dedicated services that provide a transformative way to solve complex problems and analyze data at blazing-fast speeds.
    Next Big Question Fund: Research grants of up to $25,000 are available for proposals that encourage curiosity, innovation and intellectual risk-taking. 
  2. Latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education
    The latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, Vol 46, no. 2 (2019), is now available.
  3. SFU Education Review Journal - Summer Issue Available Now
    The SFU Education Review, an online journal, is a student-led initiative dedicated to publishing the works of graduate students and alumni within the education department. Its purpose is to offer an opportunity for students to explore and share academic works, provide mediums for the publication of non-traditional or experimental academic works (e.g. paintings, videos, poetry, sound-clips, photo galleries, editorials), and to expose SFU graduate students to the publication and peer-review process.
  4. Free SFU’s Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)
    The SFU Research Data Centre (RDC) is a secure facility on campus where researchers and students can access over 500 confidential Statistics Canada microdatasets for free!
    The RDC is part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and universities to support policy research.
  5. Free Mental Health Support via MY SSP
    SFU students & postdocs will have free, 24/7 access to culturally relevant mental health support available from anywhere in the world.

  6. Quest Food Exchange
    The GSS has partnered with Quest in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
  7. Your Academic Progress Report
    Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your go.sfu.ca account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
  8. Free access to Lynda.com
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.
  9. Free Microsoft Office
    All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers).
  10. Graduate Student Business Cards
    Graduate students and registered postdoctoral fellows are able to order business cards through SFU Document Solutions. See our website for a walkthrough of how to order.
  11. Get a complimentary subscription to University Affairs magazine at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    University Affairs (UA) is an award-winning publication that provides breaking news, thoughtful commentary, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career, whether you’re a university administrator, faculty member or graduate student. Sign up today for a free subscription to the print edition (a $39 value) or the digital edition by visiting the University Affairs website.
  12. DGS’s Update for Graduate Students
    Get information about new awards, funding, jobs and volunteer postings. Learn about professional development opportunities, events, tips and tricks for your studies and more!
  13. Teaching and Learning Centre – TLC
    The Teaching and Learning Centre consists of education and technology professionals who support SFU instructors and academic units in the development and delivery of innovative approaches designed to enhance their students' learning experiences. 
  14. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Newsletter
    Learn more about GSS Volunteer Opportunities, Graduate Caucus Funding, Announcements and Events from the Community and more!
  15. Stay Connected with EGSA (Education Graduate Student Association)
        EGSA Website: http://www.sfu.ca/egsa/
        EGSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/egsa.sfu/
  16. SFU Aboriginal Peoples' News
    Learn about SFU’s progress in advancing Aboriginal initiatives on campus from the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
  17. Become an Executive or Committee Member with EGSA (Some positions offer stipends)
    Attend the next EGSA meeting and speak to the committee members to see which positions are open and the best fit for you. Contact edgsa-cochair-16-17@sfu.ca for more information.
  18. Traveling for Research or Conference? SFU International Travel Safety Program
    Simon Fraser University’s Safety & Risk Services department is proud to announce the launch of our newest service, the International Travel Safety Program.
  19. Individual and Group Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Research Commons
    The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
  20. Meet Your Education Librarian
    Did you know you have your own liaison librarian, available for research consultations and personalized assistance?

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