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GSS Newsletter – July 2017


Hello grads,

Welcome to the July GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

Please note. during the summer semester, the GSS offices and lounge will be open Monday –Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

Call for Volunteers – Fall Grad Student Orientation 

The GSS is currently seeking volunteers to help at the Fall Grad Student Orientation on September 1st. Training will be provided and all volunteers are invited to the GSS Orientation social in the afternoon. If you are interested in volunteering, and for more information, please contact Camila Miranda at

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access:

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 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.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email:

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

GSS 10th Anniversary T-shirt Contest



Voting for the GSS 10th Anniversary T-shirt Contest will happen from July 4th – July 21st. The new T-shirt design will be used for the Fall Orientation T-shirts and will be available for sale at the GSS. To vote, go to our Facebook page.



GSS Events

Happy birthday, GSS! 

The Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University is turning 10!  To celebrate, we’re throwing a birthday bash for our current members. Tickets are sold out but if you are interested we can add your name to the wait list. Please contact Camila Miranda:

When: 6-9 pm, Thursday July 13, 2017
Where: Steamworks Brewpub, 375 Water Street, Vancouver BC



Announcements and Events from SFU

OpenCon 2017

Apply by August 1st for the SFU Library Scholarship for OpenCon 2017 – Berlin, Germany – November 11-13, 2017

OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career academic professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.
OpenCon 2017 will be held on November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. Each year, OpenCon brings together early career researchers, librarians, and students from around the world to connect and empower the next generation of leaders to open up research and education in their communities. Past conferences have featured presentations from established figures such as Jimmy Wales (cofounder of Wikipedia) and Julia Reda (member of the European Parliament) alongside those from early career leaders.
Applications will remain open until August 1st. The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2017 extend far beyond attending the Berlin event—those who apply will have the opportunity to get connected with new collaborators, learn about scholarships to attend related conferences, and actively participate in a larger community. Attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.
For more information and to apply to the SFU Library Scholarship, visit:
**please note: the SFU Library scholarship includes registration to OpenCon.  The scholarship is not restricted to those already accepted to attend.**

Let’s Talk 

Free drop-in informal consultations for SFU graduate students are available with Susan Brook, a counsellor from SFU Health & Counselling Services. Informal consultations are confidential and offered on a first-come first-served basis. This program is designed for graduate students who may not need traditional counselling but who could benefit from one-to-one consultation and support. These consultations can help you access to support, provide perspective, and help you explore resources and options. For more information, contact:
Where: CAPE office (MBC 1501)
When: every Thursday, from 2:00-3:30 until August 3rd.

The Body Project

How we feel about our bodies can impact our well-being. The Body Project is a participatory discussion and an evidence-
based program on body image issues that aims to help reduce the internalization of our culture’s appearance ideal by understanding where restrictive and reductive canons of beauty come from while empowering participants and promoting body acceptance and celebration.

Open to all SFU Students. Register at:
The workshop consists of two, 2-hour classes.

PART 1: Thursday, July 13, 12:30-2:20 pm
PART 2: Thursday, July 20, 12:30-2:20 pm

Location: Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) 0300
Group Room 3, accessible through Career Services.

The Body Project is Hosted by SFU Health & Counselling Services, and facilitated by the SFU Health peers and Peer Counsellors. For more info contact:

Sexual Violence Support


Personal Security Office: Julie Glazier 778-782-8473 /

SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500 (emergency contact)

SFU Health and Counselling: 778-782-4615



Events and Announcements from External Partners and Organizations


Canada’s first 150 years have been marked by innovation and inspiration, which continue to be key determinants in defining our future. The Canada School of Public Service is inviting Master’s and PhD students to participate in the National Student Paper Competitionan exciting high-level exposure opportunity that allows students to share their unique perspectives on the federal public service and the Government of Canada.
Through a 1,500-word essay or briefing note, students may respond to one or both of the following questions:
  1. What are your ideas to help ensure that the public service will be ready to meet the needs of the future?
  2. What are your ideas to advance the government’s forward objectives?
The Grand Prize Winner, who is selected by a panel of senior public servants, will receive:
  • an offer for a four-month paid placement within the federal public service;
  • a VIP invitation to attend the 2018 Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region, with travel expenses reimbursed, if applicable; and
  • an opportunity to present their paper on a national platform.
The majority of last year’s finalists have found employment within the federal public service. 
Visit the Institute of Public Administration of Canada website for more information on the competition guidelines and past winners.
To ensure your participation in the Competition, please encourage a professor in your department to register as a departmental coordinator.
Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.

Next Generation of Canadian Science 

#NextGenCanScience  #SupportTheReport

The state of funding for basic research in Canada is failing. As the future of research in this country, we need to take action. Not just for our interests, but for those who will follow in our path, and for all those who will benefit from our discoveries. Recent findings from the Canadian Fundamental Science Review and Global Young Academy:

How you and other trainees can get involved?

Put a face on Canadian Science Twitter Campaign

Print out a poster and add your name. Take a picture of yourself doing research holding the sign and tweet your selfie to @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau. Tweets can include ~100 characters describing your

– recent research findings

– area of study

– whether you have a fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC

Please make sure to include:  I am #NextGenCanScience  #SupportTheReport @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau