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SFU Graduate Studies

News from and about graduate studies at Simon Fraser University

SFU Scholarship Writing Workshops

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

SFU logoThe Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies will be presenting two scholarship writing workshops this August for SFU graduate students who would like to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (for PhD students) or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (or any other postdoctoral fellowship).

Topics that will be covered:

  • research proposals
  • reference letters
  • application process and deadlines
  • review of preliminary proposals
  • letters of support
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop
Monday, August 22, 3–4:30 pm
Halpern Centre, Room 126 (note room change from MBC)

Vanier Scholarship Workshop
Tuesday, August 23, 3–4:30 pm
Halpern Centre, Room 126 (note room change from MBC)

To reserve your seat for either workshop, please complete the reservation websurvey by Thursday, August 18.

We’ll be scheduling more scholarship writing workshops in September for the Trudeau, SSHRC and NSERC awards. Watch this blog for the announcements.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

External Awards: Graduate School Projects @ Singapore

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Graduate School Projects @ Singapore

Graduate students are invited to form a team of three or more to create a graduate school project around Singapore’s economic activities.

The award is for up to US $10,000 and includes a trip to Singapore for the graduate student team.

The program is open to graduate students of all disciplines, including arts, business, engineering, humanities and sciences. Participants should be graduate students with at least two years of working experience and ideally the project has relevance to their current research interests. Projects may take multiple forms, including research papers, presentations or even presented in alternative media.

The application deadline for the next round of awards is October 31, 2011. For more information, email  singapore@contactsingapore.sg with the subject line “Re: GSP 2011”.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

China adds SFU to scholarships preferred list

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

SFU becomes a preferred destination for Chinese graduate students

President Andrew Petter, on behalf of SFU, has just signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the China Scholarship Council which will enable top Chinese graduate students to receive scholarship funding to attend SFU.

The number of SFU graduate students from China has grown from 79 in 2001 to 238 in 2010. Of those 238, 64 are in the Applied Sciences, 54 are in Business, 47 are in Science and 45 are in Education, with the rest in SFU’s other Faculties.

SFU’s School of Computing Science has both a Master’s and a PhD dual degree program in partnership with Zhejiang University (ZU), China.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

Faculty of Environment seeks project proposals

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Faculty of Environment students

SFU’s Faculty of Environment has just posted a call for collaborative courses or activities that “enhance teaching and associated environmental education in the broadly defined area of environment.”

Projects must:

  • involve tenured/tenured-track faculty or lecturers individually or in teams (may include staff)
  • focus on the broadly defined area of environment including humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as well as sustainability
  • support teaching or associated activities at either the undergraduate or graduate levels
  • involve collaboration with FENV or FENV collaboration with other Faculties

Funding can include graduate student support and faculty buy-out/overload, and projects can be single-term or extended over multiple terms.

Projects will be accepted each term. The first proposal deadline is July 14, 2011. For more information, contact Dan Burns in FENV at dburns@sfu.ca or 778-782-9225.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

Research Profile: Abhishek Nanjundappa

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Abhishek (Abhi) Nanjundappa

Abhishek (Abhi) Nanjundappa is a PhD student at SFU’s Surrey campus, studying mechatronics systems engineering (MSE). He’s collaborating with industry partner Ballard Power Systems and his PhD research focuses on the development of new simulation tools for next generation PEM fuel cell systems. This line of research could potentially result in a major scientific breakthrough towards the development of cost-effective fuel cell systems with improved performance and durability.

Abhi received his first mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree in Bangalore, India, and his Master’s degree in computational and experimental turbulence from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, with research based at the German Aerospace Center, Gottingen.

He’s well-travelled, and he believes in contributing to his community. He’s a student representative in the Engineering Graduate Student Association at SFU, and this June, he’ll also participating in a heroic fundraising effort to contribute to the Canadian community — he’ll be cycling on the Ride2Survive from Kelowna to Vancouver in one day, to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Ride2Survive terrain map

It’s a punishing effort, covering two mountain passes and cycling on the Coquihalla. The riders pay their own way to do it, so that all of the funds they raise go to cancer research, nothing to adminstrative costs. If you’d like to donate a few dollars towards his fundraising goal (and get a tax-deductible receipt), please visit his fundraising page at the Canadian Cancer society.

He’s doing this to help eradicate cancer as well improve the quality of life for those already affected by cancer.

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External Award: Malaysia International Scholarship

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Petronas Towers, by Vibin JK, http://www.flickr.com/photos/vibin/2576202147/The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract top students to pursue post-graduate and post-doctoral studies at twenty public and four private universities in Malaysia.

Priority fields of study include science and engineering; agriculture and fisheries; economics and Islamic finance ; information and communication technology; biotechnology; biosecurity and food safety; infrastructure and utility; environmental studies; and health (including but not limited to, nursing, medicine, clinical pharmacy).

Each scholarship consists of air tickets to Malaysia, tuition fees, monthly living allowance, annual grant for books and internal travel and more.  PhD and post-doctoral students will also receive a thesis allowance, a conference travel grant and a journal publication grant.

Applications must be submitted through the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia’s online application system. The application deadline is June 15, 2011

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

BCNET digital media contest for $1000

Monday, April 4th, 2011

BCNET’s Digital Media Challenge is inviting you to demonstrate your latest digital media work to a live audience and have a chance to win up to $1000.

The contest is open to all SFU students and student teams and there are categories for diploma, undergrad, master’s and PhD students. Entries will be judged on creativity and need for high-bandwidth networks.

Shortlisted entrants will receive a free pass to the BCNET Conference 2011 on May 3-4 to present their projects and encounter some excellent networking opportunities.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

Free MITACS workshops for innovators and entrepreneurs

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

As an SFU graduate student, you are encouraged to register in the free MITACS Step workshops. These professional development workshops will be invaluable to you immediately and upon graduation with your degree. International students and recent graduates (within the last three years) are eligible to attend.

Workshops are offered on:

Check the calendar of upcoming workshops and click on the “Register Here” link to register for each workshop.

Please note: Workshops are free but you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee if you do not cancel within the designated cancellation period.

For more information please contact Fiona Fu at fionaf@mitacs.ca

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

External Awards: MITACS Accelerate Internship

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

MITACS-Accelerate is a national internship program managed by MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems).

This program provides internship opportunities for graduate students pursuing collaborative research with an industrial partner. SFU Masters and PhD students, as well as Postdoctoral Fellows, are eligible to apply for a 4-month research-based internship valued at $15,000.

You are encouraged to first contact your academic supervisor and potential industry partners before applying.

Complete applications are due by April 15, 2011.

If you have specific questions about this award, email Laurence Meadows: lmeadows@mitacs.ca or Fiona Fu at fionaf@mitacs.ca.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]

External Awards: Fulbright International Science and Technology Award

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Fulbright Canada logoApplications are now open for the 2012-13 International Fulbright award in Science and Technology. The award includes tuition at a top US university for three years, a monthly stipend, travel support, and many other benefits.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens planning to complete a PhD in science or technology. More information for Canadians is available at the Fulbright Canada website. More information on the award is available through the Fulbright Science and Technology Awards website.

Apply online at the Foreign Fulbright Program application page. Application deadline: May 31, 2011.

Update: This post is moving to a new home: [See our new website.]