Faculty of Applied Sciences Three Minute Thesis (FAS 3MT)!

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Can you present your research in three minutes using just one slide? Participate in SFU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition!

This competition cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and celebrates exciting graduate research taking place at SFU.

Students in thesis and non-thesis based graduate programs in computing science, engineering science, mechatronics and sustainable energy engineering are invited to participate in the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) heat on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

Winners from the FAS heat receive up to $600 and advance to the SFU Final in April to compete for cash prizes and the chance to represent SFU at the Western Regional and National Competitions.

Ready to participate? Here are the next steps: 

  1. Register at to participate by February 13
  2. Submit your PowerPoint slide at by February 20
  3. Present in person at the live event on February 27.

Prizes for FAS 3MT Heat: 

  • Winner: $600
  • Runner-Up: $200
  • People’s Choice: $200

Applying for Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA) Positions

Please note that in order to apply for a Teaching Assistant position or a Research Assistant position, you must have both:

  • Canadian Bank Account
  • Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Once you have arrived to Canada and obtained both the above, you are then eligible to apply for a TA and/or RA.


We understand that being a graduate student can be exciting and at the same time stressful. Here are some important resources we think would be helpful while you complete your Master’s or PhD degree!

Program-Specific Information

Visit your school's website for information specific to your degree program:

School of Computing Science

For information about computing science thesis and course-based programs, graduate dual degree program, and professional master of science program.

School of Engineering Science

For information about engineering science MASc, MEng and PhD programs.

School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

For information about mechatronics systems engineering MASc and PhD programs.

School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

For information about sustainable energy engineering MASc and PhD programs.

SFU Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

For more information about your role as an SFU graduate student, and the resources available to you, visit the website for the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

SFU’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) oversees all graduate matters such as admissions, defences, awards and scholarships. They also provide support to faculties and schools when required.

Graduate student

For Indigenous graduate

For international

Contact Information and Advising

Contact your graduate program team with questions or to book an advising appointment:

Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dean’s Office

All Graduate Programs within FAS, Prospective and Current Student Enquiries Advising
Send your inquiries to:

Book an appointment: (go to Remote Advising Section and click on the Zoom Advising RSVP Link; Zoom Advising for graduate programs are available on Mondays and Fridays)


School of Computing Science

Thesis/Course-Based Programs
Book an appointment:

Graduate Dual Degree
Book an appointment:

Professional Master of Science Program (PMP)
Book an appointment:

School of Engineering Science

MASc, MEng and PhD Programs
Book an appointment:

School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

MASc and PhD Programs
Book an appointment:

School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

MASc and PhD Programs
Book an appointment:

Resources and Support Services Across SFU

Here are some of the resources available to you as a graduate student at SFU:

Bullying and Harassment Central Hub

Supports and services are available to anyone, students and employees, impacted by bullying and harassment at SFU. If you have witnessed or experienced bullying or harassment, please visit SFU’s Bullying & Harassment Central Hub to learn more about the supports and services available to you and explore your reporting options.

International Services for Students (ISS)

International Services for Students (ISS) provides support and services to all SFU students who need information about international learning opportunities and international student support. They can help provide support and advice on immigration questions.

Health and Wellness

SFU Health & Counselling provides support and services to all SFU students regarding medical issues or mental well-being. They have a team of physicians, psychologists and clinical counsellors that are available to support you.

For international students:
Meet, greet and eat:

Academic Integrity

Being an SFU student means you belong to a scholarly community where you will develop the critical thinking and research skills to not only be job ready but life ready. All members of the university are expected to uphold the values of academic integrity: Honesty, Trust, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Courage. For more information, please visit the website listed below to familiarize yourself with the SFU Academic Integrity Policy.

Scholarships/Awards and Bursaries

To learn about funding opportunities available to graduate students, please visit the links below.

Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office

SVSPO offers free and confidential support for SFU students and employees who have been impacted by sexual violence, such as sexual assault or harassment, regardless of when or where it took place. They will support you in ways that feel right for you. People of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome.

Faculty of Applied Sciences Industrial Internship

Read more about this optional course for FAS graduate students interested in gaining industrial experience:

In FAS we believe that research-based graduate students need to augment their research experience and knowledge with numerous skills through placements in the industry or other research organizations. Our graduate students will learn and sharpen the necessary skills required which will increase their chances of employability after completing their degrees.

The curricula of the FAS graduate programs include up to three Industrial Internships that provide students with the opportunity to undertake internships of work in industry or other research institutes. These internships allow students to either (1) focus on the practical aspects of their research projects, which have been well identified prior to students applying for an internship, or (2) develop and define a research project from their internship experience. These internships could not form more than 50% of the total program of study. Contact us to learn if you are eligibile to participate in this course.

Faculty of Applied Sciences Graduate Student Seminar

The FAS Graduate Seminar is intended to be a ‘by the Students, for the Students’ type of seminar. FAS graduate students are encouraged to take the opportunity to present, while every FAS member (undergraduate and graduate students) are welcome to join the seminar as audiences. Pizza will be provided at each monthly-held FAS Graduate Student Seminar. Fall 2022 Seminars have been postponed until Spring 2023.