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GSS Newsletter – September 2017


Hello grads,

Welcome to the September 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.


Graduate Student Society Open Access Award (GSSOAA)



The Graduate Student Society Open Access Award acknowledges graduate students who have published work in gold open access journals. Our aim is to increase the visibility and prestige of such publications and support the open access movement’s ability to effectively disseminate research findings. GSSOAA is jointly funded and administered by the GSS and the SFU Library and will consist of up to 10 awards at $100 each.

Applications will be accepted from August 21st, 2017 until October 6th, 2017, and the award winners will be announced the week of Oct 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with Open Access Week 2017.

For more information about eligibility criteria and submission, click here.

Peer Support Survey

We’re currently considering the creation of a peer support program that would provide a place for undergraduate and graduate students to receive confidential, one-on-one, drop-in support from their peers. Would you be interested in volunteering or accessing support? Take this short survey and let us know!

Volunteer Opportunity – University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award

SFU is looking for a graduate student volunteer to sit on the University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award. The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to give greater recognition for teaching excellence at SFU. Up to three awards may be made each year, each consisting of a $2,500 prize. The committee is responsible for receiving the nominations for this award and selecting winning recipients. The current student representation on this committee is exclusively drawn from undergraduates. We would like to get a volunteer from our membership to sit on this committee.
The person selected would be appointed for a 1-year term, starting September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018. Only three meetings are held between mid-September to early-January. The work required of the Committee member consists in reviewing the nomination packages after the deadline and to provide rankings/ratings on the nominees for the final decision meeting.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a paragraph or two (less than 200 words) explaining your willingness and qualifications to serve on this committee to our Executive Director (Pierre Cenerelli) at and Chantal Turpin at We need to receive your expression of interest as soon as possible!

Stipended Volunteer Opportunity – Council Speaker 

Position Description
The GSS is looking to appoint a Speaker for future Council meetings. The Speaker appointment is for one year  and Council must select the Speaker by a 2/3 majority vote. The Speaker will be elected by Council at the August Council Meeting. Speaker must be available for all future council meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at various SFU campuses. Council meetings are scheduled well in advance, please refer to our website for future meetings.


  • Thorough knowledge of GSS bylaws, Constitution, policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of GSS services and operations
  • Knowledge of Robert’s rules
  • Communication, Time-management, Collaborative working, Public Speaking, Strategic speaking

How to apply
Submit a short (max. 200 word) statement of intent explaining your interest in the position before 9am on September 25. Make a short presentation at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, October 10, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the SFU Burnaby Campus MBC 2290/2296.

The Council Speaker shall receive a $50.35 per meeting stipend. If you are interested please email: Mitchell Kovacic, GSS Director of Internal Relations at and Pierre Cenerelli, GSS Executive Director at


University Committee Volunteer Opportunity

SFU is in the process of forming a Search Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Science
Membership on the committee includes two students, one of which must be a graduate student (from the faculty) nominated by the GSS. Participating in this committee is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future direction of your Faculty and can provide you with high level professional experience.
If you or a fellow SFU graduate student in the faculty of science are interested in this opportunity, please submit a 200 word (or less) expression of interest outlining why you want this position and your basic qualifications to Pierre Cenerelli at and Chantal Turpin at no later than 10am on Wednesday, September 20.


GSS Events

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Announcements and Events from SFU

Invitation to Provide Input: Search for the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The Search Committee for the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will soon begin the search for candidates internal to the University. We invite all members of the community to visit the search website ( for information regarding the search process and to view the membership of the search committee. 
An important part of the process is to define the position, and consideration of input from the community as a whole is central to ensuring we get it right. I invite your input in one of two ways:
1. At an Open Forum, to be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 9:30am – 11:00am in the Bennett Library, room 7200 (Burnaby campus). A  videoconference link will be available from Surrey campus, room 3040 and the Segal Building, room 4600. 
The Open Forum will also be webcast live and archived for viewing later. The webcast URL is and the password is OVAP9262.
2. Through the comments form on the search webpage by 4:30pm on Friday, October 6, 2017: 

SFU Recreation Trial Week

Try many registered programs for FREE!

Not sure which Martial Arts class to join? Interested in Yoga or Pilates? Want to try Masters Swim, Indoor Cycling, or Group Fitness? Then join us for Trial Week to try out as many programs as you want for FREE!

  • Already registered for a class for the semester?  You can still try different classes or join your class and get an extra week on us.
  • No registration required.  Just show up and be ready for fun!  Trial Week classes are on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you like the class, sign up early! After Trial Week, courses will run based on meeting minimum registration requirements.  Avoid disappointment and register before the end of Trial Week.
For more information, click HERE.

SFU Terry Fox Run 

When: September 29
Where: Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver
Plan to participate at your campus event. For more information, click 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.


Sexual Violence Support