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GSSBiweekly Newsletter May 7, 2021


Hi Grads,

Hope you are enjoying your break and staying safe! It’s getting warmer and more beautiful in Vancouver, please enjoy the outdoors with responsibility. Avoid unnecessary traveling, gathering, and parties!!  Here are a few updates for the week:

*See a summary of our most recent Council meeting here!

Finance and Audit Committee: The GSS is now planning the next fiscal year’s operating budget. If you want to get involved in this budget planning process, you can join our Finance and Audit Committee as a general member. Please be in touch with the Director of Finance at if you are interested.

Last call: Are you enrolled for the Summer 2021 semester? If you are, were you charged the part-time Graduate Student Activity Fee in the Fall 2020 semester? Or are you an international student who has not yet entered Canada and does not yet have a Canadian bank account? If you can answer yes to either question, please fill out the form HERE before May 12, 2021 (at 9:30 am) to determine if you qualify for the part-time fee.

PhD students Opportunity: PhD students taking part in socially engaged applied doctoral research are invited to submit their papers to the RRU Doctoral Research Conference. Deadline is May 25, 2021. More information here.

ReGathering: SFU Grad Community: ReGathering: SFU Grad Community is an initiative supported by Social seed funding (Embark & Radius) organizing weekly friendly Gatherings on topics that are useful for graduate students, especially international students, to promote social connectedness and networking.

Upcoming Gatherings: Friday, May 7th at 6pm, and Wednesday, May 12 at 4:30pm

If you are interested in joining these Gatherings, down the ReGathering App and RSVP or email

To learn more, check out the ReGathering: SFU Grad Community website and watch the video. Join our Telegram channel and Instagram page to hear about our future Gatherings.


The Burnaby Festival of Learning: The Burnaby Festival of Learning is created by the community, for the community. Through vibrant and thought-provoking events, the Festival provides attendees of all ages with opportunities to join, play, question, and explore virtual events that celebrate the exciting initiatives and innovative inspiration that Burnaby has to offer. Come meet local experts in an open, enlivening, and creative environment. All events are FREE!

Join us on May 7th – 11th, 2021.

To register or learn more about the events visit HERE



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.



As you can see, there are tons of online fun events happening, stay local and stay safe!

Cheers, Gloria

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