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Research Commons Graduate Student Workshops and Services

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The SFU Library is continuing plans for a Research Commons, to be located on the second floor of the Bennett Library with a future presence at all SFU campus locations. The Research Commons will be a configuration of services, spaces, and technology designed to support the research endeavours of the University community, with particular focus on graduate students. Though the physical space is still under development, the SFU Library including the Student Learning Commons and Research Commons is very pleased to provide you with the following academic support services for Summer 2012.

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops including Managing your time, Working with thesis templates, and an introduction to Refworks. View the complete list of workshops and register in advance.

To request an additional workshop not offered this semester, send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca

Liaison Librarians
Each department/faculty at SFU has a liaison librarian available to help you with your research and teaching needs. Find a complete list of liaison librarians for the contact information of your liaison librarian.

Read Ahead Service
The Read Ahead Service provides intensive and extended support for graduate students writing theses, projects or any piece of writing with a longer deadline. In order to receive in-depth feedback and maximize your consultation time with a Graduate Facilitator or an SLC Coordinator, you will be asked to submit the piece of writing you wish to discuss prior to your first appointment. To take advantage of this service, book an appointment in advance.

EAL/ESL Services
If English is not your first language, English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialist Tim Mossman is available to help you improve your spoken and written English through individual consultations, workshops, and personalized learning plans.

Contact Tim Mossman 778.782.8510 / tmossman@sfu.ca for details.

For more information, see the Student Learning Commons services and the Library services for graduate students.

Please forward any questions or comments regarding graduate student programming or services to

Pre-Med Seminar (sponsored by the Faculty of Health Sciences)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

All students are welcome to attend a Pre-Med Seminar with special guests from UBC Faculty of Medicine. For more details, download the pdf below. 

Pre-Med Seminar

Upcoming Workshop – Next Steps: Immigration Topics For Last Term at SFU – Wednesday, March 28th

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Are you in your last term of studies at SFU or close to your last term? This workshop will give you information about:

  • • How and when to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • • Inviting Relatives and Friends to visit you in Canada or attend your convocation ceremony

Wednesday, March 28th, 11:30am – 12:30pm, AQ 2013

Upcoming Workshop – Canadian Permanent Residence – Thursday, March 22nd

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


Interested in Permanent Residence? Attend our upcoming, free workshop and find out all the information you need if you intend on applying for Permanent Residence (“Landed Immigrant” status) in Canada. The major Immigration classes will be discussed, including the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the BC Provincial Nominee Program.

Presenters: Citizenship & Immigration Canada and Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

Thursday, March 22nd, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Shrum Science Centre B9200

Upcoming Workshop – Your Employment Options! – Monday, February 27th

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Want to learn more about what employment options are available to you on and off-campus during your studies? Confused by Canada’s Immigration regulations? Attend our upcoming information session where details regarding eligibility requirements and applying for a Co-op and Off-Campus Work Permit will be covered.

(1) Monday, February 27th, 11:30am – 12:30pm, AQ 2013
(2) Thursday, March 8th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, AQ 2013

Upcoming Workshop – How to find housing – Thursday, March 1st

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Interesting in moving off-campus next term or confused by different terms used in housing advertisements? Attend this session to learn about how to find housing.

Date: Thursday, March 1st
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: AQ 2013 (Next to Simon C Convenience Store)

Upcoming Workshop – Living Off-Campus: Your Rights & Responsibilities – Wednesday, March 7th

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, AQ 2013

Presenters: Residential Tenancy Branch & TRAC Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre.

If you intend to live off-campus and have little or no experience renting accommodation in BC, it is important to learn about your rights and responsibilities before signing a rental agreement (known as a lease). This workshop will be a great chance to get your questions answered and learn how to protect yourself.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required. Please click HERE to register. 


Upcoming Workshop: Obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa for your Travels – Wednesday, February 22nd

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to re-enter Canada in the near future? Join us for instructions on how to apply for a TRV, including tips that may simplify the process for you.

Date:Wednesday, February 22nd
Time: 16:30pm – 17:30pm
Location: AQ 2013 (Next to Simon C Convenience Store)

Upcoming Workshop: Canadian Income Tax Information – Thursday, February 23rd

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

It’s tax time again!

As an international student, if you earn income in Canada (teaching/research assistantships, employment, investment or business income), you are responsible for submitting a tax form to the government (“filing a tax return”).

If you have no income to report, you may still wish to file a tax return as you may be eligible to receive certain payments or credits.

Not sure where to start?  SFU ISS is hosting a speaker from Canada Revenue Agency to do a hands-on workshop for all international students on how to file taxes. Learn how the Canadian tax system applies to you.  Choose one of the following sessions (pre-registration is not necessary, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis):

Canadian Income Tax Filing Workshop for International Students
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: Select ones session to attend: 10:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: MBC 2292

You may also review our tax information sheet for details on filing your taxes in Canada.

Tax forms and guides will be available for pickup in the ISS office (MBC 1200) starting in late February.

Participate in two proactive workshops about mental health issues

Friday, January 20th, 2012

SFU’s Health and Counselling Services unit is offering two workshops to help members of the SFU community to be proactive about mental health issues. The skills that people will learn will not only add to their toolkit at work but will be useful in all aspects of their lives.

SOS: Support Over Suicide (same session offered on four dates)
January 26, 9–11:30 am, Burnaby
January 27, 9:30 am–12 noon, Surrey
February 28, 9–11:30 am, Burnaby
March 30, 9–11:30 am, Burnaby

Dealing with Students in Distress and Distressing (same session offered on four dates). Note: This is part 2 and they recommend taking the SOS workshop first.
January 26, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, Burnaby
January 27, 10:30 am–12 noon, Surrey
February 28, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, Burnaby
March 30, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, Burnaby

Workshops are free and open to anyone in the SFU community. To register, please e-mail Eser Ren at eren@sfu.ca.