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GSS Biweekly Newsletter Sep 23, 2021


Hi Grads,

Happy Thursday! Tired of letting all these great pictures sitting on your phone? If you love photography (either by cameras or cell phones) and want to share your inspirations with other students, please enter the GSS TIMEOUT PHOTO CONTEST-Fall Edition for a chance to win a $100 & $50 Amazon.Ca e-gift card! Submit your photos to by Oct 8th, 2021. Find out more details about photo requirements and themes HERE.

*See our most recent Council summary Here!

Studentcare Blackout Period: be aware that due to the insurer transition, all students will experience a Blackout Period for the first two months of the semester (until October 15). You can still submit claims, but they won’t be processed until after the blackout period. More info Here.

The GSS is currently building a strategic plan that will guide and inform the direction of the organization over the next three years. To ensure that this plan meets the needs of our members, we invite you to fill out this survey or participate in an online consultation on Tuesday, October 5, at 4:00pm (or both!). A Zoom link will be sent the day before the consultation, but please register now for this event, HERE. If you have any questions please email

New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarship: Indigenous grad students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the New Relationship Trust Foundation. The application deadline is October 14 at Noon PST. For more information and to apply, please visit

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada’s Grants for Women: Female students in financial need can apply to the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada’s Grants for Women. Apply Here by January 31st.

Foundational data science and AI concepts training program: SFU’s Big Data Hub is offering a six-week, part-time training program that offers foundational data science and AI concepts that recruiters and organizations value. Designed and taught by leading data science and AI experts at Simon Fraser University, this training program enables you to develop relevant data science and leadership skills.

Apply now to receive a $2000 grant for this course.

Volunteer needed: The SFU Radiation Safety Committee is looking for a grad student volunteer. The Committee meets twice a year. If interested, send your resume or CV and a paragraph description on why you want to be on the committee to by October 15.

Mental health support: Are you interested in learning more about how to support your and others’ mental health in an academic setting? Want to share your story and hear about others’ experiences? Join us for the Mental health – INternationally Delivering Support (MINDS) Conference 2021, which will include sessions and speakers covering diverse topics related to mental health in academia!

WHAT: MINDS Conference 2021

WHEN: Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, with sessions scheduled over 24 hours for attendees across the globe

WHERE: Virtual (on Zoom)

COST: FREE with optional donation to Dragonfly Mental Health! Dragonfly is an international organization that develops programming to support academics in their mental health


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Have you wondered how it is like to work in a non-profit sector? Find out more from Dr. Jagdeo, a Sector Manager at Genome BC and Executive Director of Cofactor Conversation Lab

Title: Making your Path as you Walk it: Creating Impact Through the Non Profit Sector

HirePhD Alternative Career Path Success Stories (ACPSS) Series

Date/Time: Oct 13, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm PST

Find out more on LinkedIn Event Page or register here.

Follow HirePhD. for upcoming Alternative Career Paths Success Stories (ACPSS) events!

Raining season is approaching, hope you stay healthy and dry, and have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Cheers, Gloria

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