Happy Wednesday! I hope you are well and have some great plans for the upcoming Canada Day! Here are the updates from GSS this week:
See our most recent Council summary here!
In light of the horrific discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked burial ground near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in southern British Columbia, and other similar and subsequent discoveries elsewhere, the GSS has created a resource page to help our members navigate and understand the difficult issues raised by this finding. Please click HERE to access this webpage.
GSS Family Subsidy: If you have a dependent (child under 22) or are taking care of an elderly relative that lives in the same household as you, you may be eligible to apply for the GSS Family Subsidy! We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis and you can find more information about the program (including how to apply) HERE!
Pradeep Khare Memorial Scholarship: The 2021 Pradeep Khare Memorial Scholarship is now open for applications. The scholarship is intended for graduate level international students from India who have a demonstrated financial need, and are currently studying or coming to study at an educational institution in Canada. If you know of anyone who might be interested, more information can be found on their website.
Scientific QUEERies- LGBTQ2S+ Student talk days: Are you an LGBTQ2S+ graduate student in STEM? Do you want to share your research with other queer scientists? Do you want a safe place to practice conference talks, pitch findings, or get feedback from LGBTQ2S+ professors and your peers in a safe setting? Present with us! Sign Up HERE.
June 15th- Finished Products: highlight your polished work in a 15 min conference-style format
July 13th, and August 24th- Safe Spaces: pitch projects, practice presentations, or preview products. Creating a safe place for LGBTQ2S+ students to practice their presenting skills, and get feedback from their peers and a LGBTQ2S+ guest professor, in a non-judgemental format.
Our other events:
June 29th- Science Communication: presenting to a lay audience
July 27th- Science Writing: comparing and contrasting writing for journals and the public.
August 10th- Panel, Queer in Academia: LGBTQ2S+ professionals discuss access and EDI for queer people in academic spaces.
📣If you live in Metro Vancouver BC and own/lease a car, your input is needed!📣
This survey was designed by Farina Fassihi, a fellow graduate student at SFU, as part of her master’s thesis project to learn about the possible differences and similarities between electric and non-electric drivers’ travel behaviour. There are three sections in it; 1) Your household, 2) Your Lifestyle and Values, which will take about 10 minutes to complete, and 3) Your One-Day Travel Diary, which is best to be completed at the end of a day in which you made some trips.
👉If you complete the survey, you will automatically be entered into a draw to win one of 10 $50 gift cards from Canadian Tire as a thank you for devoting your time!👈
To participate, please click on the following link HERE. If you have questions, send an email to the researcher at email@example.com.
BC Government regarding ASP – Announcement: “An Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP) is a three-year rolling strategic plan for enhancing the post-secondary educational experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal learners”. The Ministry of Advance Education sent out a survey regarding this program and is asking students to fill it out. Please do so before July 4th. The Survey can be found HERE.
Transformative Justice Summer Event Series hosted by Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG):
Register for one or all sessions HERE
Sat. July 3, 10-5pm: Organizing for a Police-free World
Sat. July 10, 10-5pm: No Cops On Campus – Imagining Police-free Universities & Colleges
Sat. July 17, 10-5pm: No More “Wellness Checks”: Building Grassroots Mental Health First Aid Skills
Sat. July 24, 10-5pm: What’s My Place? Reflections and Next Steps in Movement Building
SFU Data Fellowships: AI Essentials: SFU Big Data Hub is offering this part-time, four-day course that offers foundational data science and AI concepts that can be directly applied to your work and organization. Designed and taught by leading data science and AI experts at Simon Fraser University, this online interactive course offers a hands-on learning environment, enabling you to immediately apply concepts and techniques you learn with live feedback and guidance from instructors. You will come away with the kind of data science experience and knowledge that organizations and recruiters value.
Date: This course runs from July 19-22, 9am-1pm Pacific Time each day.
Price: $1995 without any grants or scholarships
Scale AI Grant: Eligible registrants can get a $1000 grant for this course. This cannot be combined with the Athena Pathways scholarship. Apply HERE
Scholarship:Any person who identifies as female and resides in British Columbia can apply for a $500 scholarship for this course. This cannot be combined with the Scale AI grant. Apply HERE
RA & Play: TSSU is trying out what they call “RA & Play.” This is a weekly session where TSSU members can drop in whenever and use the time to work. They are hoping to have more events that they can connect more with RAs.
It’s ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm every Wednesday! Feel free to pop-in, get some work done and help us test out the platform. You can register HERE .
HirePhD Career Society events: HirePhD Career Society is a non-profit organization co-funded by SFU PhD students that helps graduate students explore non-academic career opportunities and the organization. We regularly hold free events for graduate students and PhDs to help them explore different career options.
Lastly, Happy Canada Day to my fellow graduate students!!