Spring 2024 - EASC 901 G100

PhD Research Seminar (1)

Class Number: 1476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in PhD program.



Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Guidelines for Research Seminar to satisfy the PhD Course Work Requirement

During their time in the Earth Sciences PhD Program, students must present one research seminar in an oral format to a wide departmental audience. The exact wording in the SFU Calendar is:

“In addition to normal course work, PhD students must give one research seminar (EASC 901), which should be based on completed, or nearly completed, thesis work.”

This research seminar (EASC 901) must be based on completed or nearly completed PhD thesis research, and will typically be presented to the department in the student’s last year.

Near the beginning of the semester in which a seminar is to be presented, the student should contact the Graduate Secretary to register for the relevant course number (EASC 901), and arrange a time with the coordinator of the departmental seminar series. The research seminar, which should be at least 30 minutes long, is to be presented to the department during the Fall or Spring semester, and should be advertised at least a week in advance. The seminar should be presented in the normal departmental seminar series or at an alternative venue deemed acceptable in advance by the Graduate Program Committee.

Following presentation of a seminar, the supervisor should send a note or email to the Graduate Secretary stating that the seminar has been delivered so that credit can be assigned appropriately. It is suggested that the supervisor, or a member of the supervisory committee, attend in order to be able to provide the necessary memo.


  • A presentation made in a PhD Oral Candidacy Examination or PhD Thesis Defense will  not satisfy the requirements of EASC 901.  



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Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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