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May GSS Newsletter


Hello grads,

Welcome to the May 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.

We have Summer hours. The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

We’re Hiring: GSS Administrative Assistant

Are you a grad student looking to get more involved on campus? Are you looking for a great part-time job opportunity?

Your Graduate Student Society is looking for an Administrative Assistant to work approximately 8-15 hours per week starting late June or early July 2018.

Find below more information about this flexible, living wage employment opportunity for SFU graduate students.

Or, apply now using our online form.

Want help with your resume? Visit the SFU Career Services website for resources and to schedule an advising appointment for help with updating your resume.

Academic Supervision

The Graduate Student Society and Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies are co-chairing a committee with the aim of reimagining graduate student supervision at SFU over the next few years.

In an attempt to identify best practices currently being used at SFU with respect to graduate supervision, we would like to hear from any and all students about their graduate supervisory relationships. Since we wish to find out about a full range of relationships and issues, contact us whether your experience has been positive or negative (or anything in between).

Please email Chantal Turpin, Director of University Relations at with your experiences, especially if you wish to get more deeply involved in this committee!

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on the Student Experience Initiative, Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. We also are in need of volunteers for the Fall Graduate Orientation. If you have any further questions or are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Director of Student Life, Dylan Flint at, or if you’re eager to sign up please fill out our volunteer form here.

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



Announcements and Events from SFU


 Non-Academic Job Search for Grad Students and Postdocs with Anne Krook

How do we turn your significant skills into a career outside academia?

In this three-hour session, you will learn how non-academic employers think about graduate students as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while you are still in graduate school, and how to conduct a job search. We will also review a tool (provided after the session) that assesses all your skills – not just academic ones – and review a resume and discuss how to write yours.

Event Details:

  • Date: May 23, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Big Data Hub Presentation Studio, ASB 10900 (Burnaby Campus)
  • RSVP: Register for the in-peron or livestreamed session via Eventbrite. Seating is limited.

In this inspiring and eye-opening seminar Dr. Krook will review her own path through and out of academica. Graduate students and postdocs can expect to:

  • learn how to prepare yourself for the non-academic job market while you complete your graduate work
  • understand the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market (e.g. what HR managers are looking for; decoding job descriptions)
  • identify and define your particular skill sets

Note: this event will also be live-streamed if you are unable to attend in person, however, you will get a more rich experience by attending in person. 

To find out more about this event and to read a presenter bio on Anne Krook, please visit the main event page.

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