GSS 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 at

Graduate Student Initiative Grant

grantCurrently, we are seeking expressions of interest from all graduate students at SFU for support from the GSS for academic and related endeavours. SFU graduate students based in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver are encouraged to participate. Application Form:

Your graduate student led initiative must be:
* Multi-disciplinary or in a discipline not currently taught at SFU;
* Include at least three (3) current GSS members;
* Include members from two or more GSS Caucuses*
(*as defined here
* Include activities over two semesters or more (these activities should be similar or at least thematically linked).

Please note that in order to limit GSS’s liability, any initiative considered too risky (e.g. Lava Walking Club) will not be supported.

7 Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)


Grad Student-Led Events

Advanced Education Forum 2017

The GSS has partnered with the Alliance of BC Students and other student societies from across British Columbia to host a forum on Advanced Education this spring. Together, we represent over 200,000 students at institutions like Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen University, Capilano University, Langara College, and more.

Continued support for programs and infrastructure, affordable transit, and the climbing cost of living in the province are growing priorities for students. With an election on the horizon, we want to learn more about the three major parties’ plans to address them, and we are inviting all members of our community to attend this event

Call for Proposals: 32nd Annual Fall TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program

The Teaching and Learning Centre invites experienced teaching assistants and tutor-markers to apply to lead workshops at the 32nd Annual Fall TA/TM Day on September 8, 2017. This orientation day is intended for new and veteran TAs, TMs and sessionals (as well as grad students interested in becoming a TA or TM).

Proposal submission deadline: Fri, April 7, 2017
Event date: Fri, September 8, 2017 | 8:30–4:00
Location TBA, Burnaby campus

Instructional Skills Workshop

For instructors, staff and graduate students in an instructional role who wish to strengthen their teaching skills.

Internationally recognized as a forum for peer-based instructional development, the Instructional Skills Workshop is designed to strengthen novice to expert instructors’ skills through intensive, yet practical, exercises in learning-centred teaching.

Mon–Wed, April 24–26, 2017* | 8:30–5:00
Blusson Hall, BLU 10021, Burnaby campus

Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills – Burnaby

When: Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)
Where: Simon Fraser University / Blusson Hall 10011

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to interns who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page:

Canada Learning Code week:

“Join thousands of Canadians across the country to teach beginner-friendly coding lessons in your community. No coding experience necessary.”


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Events Around Campus

Term Dates and Deadlines

Friday, April 7, 2017 Last day of classes.

Last day for graduate students to drop under extenuating circumstances (WE on transcript)

If you are a current TA and want to pay to extend your TSSU medical insurance for up to two terms, application forms are due by the end of the term. (See also: All HR forms.)

April 14-17, 2017 Easter break. All offices closed.
Friday, April 14, 2017 Last day for graduate students who completed in Spring 2017 to apply for graduation (June convocation).
April 9–22, 2017 Examination period
Friday, April 28, 2017 Last day for submission of all graduate degree requirements for 2017 Spring term (library submission deadline).