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GSS Newsletter – November 2017


Hello grads,

Welcome to the November 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.

The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS


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 Events


This very popular GSS event is back! Hurry up and register because spots are limited:

Surrey – Friday, November 17

From 10am to 2pm

Location: SFU Surrey Room 3330

Register here:

Burnaby: Tuesday, November 21

From 9am to 3:30pm

Location: MBC 2294-2296

Register here:




Vancouver: Monday, November 27

From 10am to 2pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 1500 Xerox Conference Room

Register here:






Announcements and Events from SFU

Information about Printing your Thesis

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to send you a gentle reminder about our upcoming deadlines. Please note that the deadline to submit theses is November 22nd, if you wish to have your hardcover bound copies ready in time as gifts. We have a special offer for you as we near the end of the month. If you order five or more copies of theses, you will receive the front gold stamping for FREE! This includes headings like the title, author name, university name, etc.
If you have any questions, please direct them to the Copy Centre Coordinator, Nancy at

Tea at Three

Thursday, November 16th at 3:00 pm

Engage in some good conversation, taste and learn about tea from all the world! More info here.

Global Talent Night

The Global Engagement Student Committee (GESC) in collaboration with the African Student Association proudly presents Global Talent Night!
Join us in celebrating our community’s diversity & culture. There will be various performances including dancing, singing, comedy and more from some AMAZING students from around the world.
Audience will have the opportunity to win some awesome prizes in our raffle draw. Global Talent Night is FREE and open to everyone at SFU. Registration for this event is MANDATORY.
Please get your FREE tickets via the eventbrite: Drinks and Food to be served.
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, SFU Burnaby Campus

Global Potluck

Thursday, November 23, at 5:00 pm at the GSC (AQ 2013)

 Global Student Centre and University Christian Ministries are hosting a potluck on the day of American Thanksgiving. There will be board games from all around the world. Please bring a home dish to share with your fellow students. Everyone is welcome! More info here. 


 Global Community Mentorship Program


The GCMP, formerly known as the International Mentorship Program, was created to help new students of various backgrounds adjust to their new surroundings. New students are matched with a student volunteer, called a mentor. Mentors provide new students with information about resources and opportunities at SFU that might be of interest, invite them to social and cultural events on and off campus, and answer questions about day-to-day life in Canada. The GCMP is currently recruiting graduate mentors. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.




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Announcements and Events from the Community


It’s Time

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission has launched the It’s Time project. The project is a public engagement and research initiative to explore decongestion charging as part of a plan for future transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Please take 10 minutes and fill out the online survey:
The consultation deadline is noon on Sunday Nov. 26th.

Mitacs 2018 workshops 

Grant Opportunity

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC) annually offers four $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies that will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women’s lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing medical services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for nontraditional employment, and positions in women’s centres.

To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  • A female
  • A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • An accepted registrant in a full-time graduate studies program (Masters or PhD) or professional program at a similar level (medicine, law) in an accredited Canadian university, at the time of the application deadline
  • Pursuing a course of studies which will lead to a career mainly of service to women
  • Spending a minimum of two years in such a career in Canada
  • Intending to use the award for academic studies in the academic year following receipt of award
  • Contributing to your community through volunteer service
  • Needing financial assistance

An applicant must meet all eight requirements to qualify for a Soroptimist grant. An applicant may apply more than once, and may receive a Grant in more than one year, but no more than two consecutive years. Soroptimist members are not eligible although family members may apply.

An applicant may apply in either English or French. Completed applications and all required documents (as outlined in the application package) must be submitted in one envelope and must be received no later than January 31, 2018 to be considered. The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada does not accept electronic applications. Please note sealed transcripts are a requirement.

Access the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada website for more information on these bursaries for women in graduate programs that support women and girls:

 Call for Submissions!

The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2018 issue (Volume 8)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lampat The deadline is December 31st, 2017!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your nameemail address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing
  • Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, or in hardcopy, will not be accepted
  • Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-space
  • There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission

To learn more about The Lamp, visit