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March 2020 GSS Newsletter


Hi Grads,

Welcome to your March newsletter.

In light of the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19, many events are now being postponed until further notice. 

We are in direct contact with SFU and we will post updates on our website. If you have any concerns, please email or leave your comments on GSS Facebook.


GSS Highlights

Join a GSS Committee!

The GSS is a small operation that is supported by graduate students like you. Some of our committees are vital to our operations and we are always looking for new committee members and alternates. Members of committees are paid a $25 stipend for every meeting they attend and the frequency of meeting varies between the different committees. 

The following committees are looking for volunteers:

Grants Allocation Committee – Stewards & adjudicates the GSS Caucus Grants.
Finance Committee – Helps manage the GSS budget & expenses.
Governance Committee – Reviews and develops GSS policy documents.
Electoral Committee – Organizes the GSS elections twice a year.
Human Resources Committee – Reviews work and issues of Executive Committee.
Benefits Plan Committee – Oversees the health benefits plan and bursaries.

If you are interested in any of these committees please email and please include the name of the committee(s) in the subject line. 

GSS Elections & Referendum 

The nominations period for the Spring 2020 GSS Director Elections has closed. Also, a reminder, there are two referendum questions on this years ballot regarding fee increases for the World University Services of Canada at SFU and the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group. Online polling will occur from April 6th to the 9th. 

The list of candidates and more information on the referendum can be found at here 

GSS’s 2020 AGM features record attendance and by-law amendments


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.)


Announcements from the University

SFU Research Common Feedback Survey

The Research Commons at SFU Library supports graduate students’ and postdoctoral fellows’ research success at SFU. To help inform the development of services, resources, and infrastructure at the Research Commons, please provide your input through the following survey, with a chance to win a 24” Dell monitor or $50 Bookstore gift card.

This survey will be open until 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


If you have events or announcements that you would like to see included in next months’ GSS newsletters, you can share them with us by emailing

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