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					                 Graduate Student Handbook


                        School of Kinesiology

                      Simon Fraser University
                           Faculty of Applied Sciences
                             Simon Fraser University
                              8888 University Drive
                        Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
                              Phone: 778-782-4061
                              Fax: (778) 782-3040

Director of School:
Dr. Peter Ruben (

Graduate Program Chair:
Dr. Stephen Robinovitch (

Graduate Program Assistant:
Ms. Susie Nugent (

                          For more info, please visit our website at:
1. Research
Graduate studies in Kinesiology is primarily human-focused and investigates many dynamic systems of the
human body. Faculty research involves transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches that range from basic
laboratory techniques to applied or clinical and community-based experimental designs.

Research areas range from molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry through cell and systems physiology
to biomechanics, neural control of movement, motor learning, psychomotor behaviour, and functional w hole
body systems through human factors, human-machine systems and human-computer interaction.

1.1. Faculty Laboratories
The following is an list of faculty laboratories in The School of Kinesiology, arranged alphabetically. For more
information, please visit our website and look under the “Faculty” link.

Aerospace Physiology Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Andre w Blaber
Research: environmental and aerospace physiology

Brain Research Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Charles Krieger
Research: pathophysiology of motor control, neurological disease, ALS, protein kinases

Cancer Prevention Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Miriam Rosin
Research: identification of molecular alterations predicting cancer development

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group
Supervisor:   Dr. Glen Tibbits
              Dr. Peter Ruben
              Dr. Tom Claydon
Research: cardiac contractility, congenital heart disease, ion channel biophysics, calcium regulation
of the heart

Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon
Research: cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology; altitude physiology; cerebrovascular control;
autonomic nervous system; spinal cord injury; syncope

Cardiac Rehabilitation Lab/Group
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lear
Research: cardiac rehabilitation, obesity, lifestyle management, physical activity, envirogenetics

Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon
Research: cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology; altitude physiology; cerebrovascular control;
autonomic nervous system; spinal cord injury; syncope.

Diabetes Research Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Finegood
Research: diabetes, mathematical modeling cell mass dynamics, autoimmunity glucoregulation

Human Motor Systems Lab
Supervisors: Dr. Christine MacKenzie & Dr. Ron Marteniuk
Research: motor control, human skills, human-computer interaction, laparoscopic surgery, expression
and music performance
Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Robinovitch
Research: biomechanics, falls and fall-related injuries in the elderly

Lab for Exercise and Environmental Physiology
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew White
Research: environmental physiology, temperature regulation, regulation of ventilation, energy expenditure,
limb cooling
Locomotion Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Max Donelan
Research: locomotion neuromechanics

Metabolic Biochemistry Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Wade Parkhouse
Research: skeletal muscle, signal transduction, myogenic factors, applied exercise physiology

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Claydon
Research: cardiac ion channel biophysics and physiology, cardiac rhythm, pathophysiological modulation of ion
channel function, fluorescence-based electrophysiology

Motor Behaviour Lab
Supervisor: Dr. David Goodman
Research: motor control and learning, concussions in hockey

Neurokinesiology Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Andy Hoffer
Research: neuroprosthetic rehabilitation of movement disorders
Neurophysiology Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Parveen Ba wa
Research: neuroscience, spinal cord, reflexes, motoneuron

Nutrition and Metabolism Research Lab
Supervisor: Dr. Amandio Vieira
Research: nutrition and metabolism, vitamin transport, dietary antioxidants, endocytosis, oxidative stress 

1.2. Additional Facilities

SFU Library
Hours: 8am-11:45pm (Mon-Thurs)
       : 8am-8pm (Fri)
       : 10am - 10pm (Sat, Sun)

SFU’s Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus. It has over 300 workstations with internet connection
and wireless access in most study areas. Bound journals are located on the 6th floor.
Visit SFU’s Library website for help documents dealing with thesis formatting, regulations, etc. In addition,
Penny Simpson (604-291-4747), provides thesis support to all graduate students by appointment. She
organizes and runs thesis writing workshops at times throughout the year, with notification via email. Visit the
Kinesiology website (under Grad Students’ Association) for links to the following thesis help documents:
        • Order of Thesis Parts (checklist)
        • Common Errors with Theses
        • Margins for Theses
        • Tables and Lists

The Library also has private Study Rooms available for graduate student use (especially useful when writing
your thesis dissertation). Contact your Graduate secretary or the Dean of Graduate Studies Office (MBC 1100)
for more information.

University Ethics Committee
Students proposing to conduct research involving human participants are required to complete an online ethics
approval form at the following website: w w

Animal Care Facilities
SFU has a centralized University Animal Care Facility that many Kinesiology labs utilize for their research. The
use and care of animals conforms to guidelines specified by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Council on Animal Care. The School also has access to the Biological
Sciences aquatic research facilities on campus. There exist holding facilities for fresh water organisms including
large salmonids and a small sea water reservoir.

British Columbia Cancer Research Centre
Some Kinesiology faculty and adjunct members conduct a portion of their research at the B.C. Cancer Research
Centre and thus this provides the opportunity for some Kinesiology graduate students to supplement their
research at this facility. Research topics pursued there include biochemical, cytological and epidemiological
identification of genetic, lifestyle and chemical factors that influence the risk of cancer and the development of
strategies to decrease risk.

Children’s Hospital
Basic and clinical research projects by various Kinesiology faculty and students are undertaken at BC
Research Institute for Women’s and Children’s Health in Vancouver. Several students work at this location with
pediatric cardiac physicians in addition to lab facilities within SFU Kinesiology in an attempt to better understand
neonate heart disease.

Computing Facilities
In the distributed computing environment at Simon Fraser University, SFULAN (the high-speed, campus- wide,
fibreoptic net work) allows access to Unix, PC, and Macintosh workstations, and Unix, Novell, and NT
fileservers, printservers, webservers and printers.

Environmental Physiology Unit
The main features of the EPU include an altitude and diving chamber complex, life support and environmental
control system, a climatic chamber and hot and cold immersion tank. The facility is unique in Western Canada
with its diving, altitude and thermal capabilities. The output of the unit is oriented towards basic research but
mission oriented work in cooperation with industry has also been completed under grants and contracts to
individual users.

Geraldine and Tong Louie Centre (Harbour Centre)
The Geraldine and Tong Louie Centre for rehabilitation, ergonomics, and human performance is housed on our
Harbour Centre campus. This centre provides laboratory facilities for our cohort-based, undergraduate
programming in ergonomics and active health. It is also used as a research lab for our faculty based at the
Harbour Centre campus.

St Paul’s Hospital
The “Healthy Hearts” program, with contributions from one of Kinesiology’s faculty members, is organized and
run out of St. Paul’s Hospital in downto wn Vancouver. For more info, please contact Dr. Scott Lear at:
Science Stores
Science Stores provides technical and scientific supplies in addition to dealing with orders from external
companies. They are located at B6208 (basement level of Biology Wing) and are open daily from 8:15am-4:30pm
(check schedule for employee breaks). Supplies are charged to your Supervisor’s account (be sure to be
added to his/her list of employees). For more information on stock items, companies that SFU orders from on a
regular basis, and chemical waste diposal, visit their website.

2. Graduate Programs
The School offers thesis-based graduate degrees at the Masters (M.Sc.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) level, as well as
Course Work M.Sc. degree.

2.1. Supervision

Senior Supervisor
The senior suerpvisor is the person principally responsible for supervising the student the student throughout
the degree program.

Supervisory Committee
The supervisory committee consists of the senior supervisor and at least one other person from The School of
Kinesiology. Normally, this recommendation shall be made by the end of the third semester.

Student Progress Reports
For MSc and PhD students, the supervisory committee shall report to the Graduate Program Chair on the
student’s progress once a year.

2.2. M.Sc. Thesis Degree

2.2.1. Degree Requirements

The M.Sc. Thesis Program requires the completion of 18 credit hours of graduate courses (approximately 6
courses), and a theses describing the results of original research.

Students must take the following two courses:
      KIN 801 Seminar on Research in Kinesiology
      KIN 802 Statistical Applications in Kinesiology Research (or an equivalent statistics course)

Students must also take at least two courses from the following list:
      KIN 810 Integrative Muscle Physiology
      KIN 812 Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
      KIN 821 Environmental and Exercise Physiology
      KIN 825 Motor Learning and Control
      KIN 840 Human Biomechanics
      KIN 850 Control Systems in Health and Disease
      KIN 861 Neuroscience
      KIN 870 Modeling of Physiological Systems

Remaining credits (two electives) may be selected from any KIN graduate courses, and any other graduate
courses at SFU or other Universities with prior approval of the graduate program committee.
Thesis Proposal
The school encourages submission of the thesis proposal by the end of the 4th semester. The proposal is
subsequently circulated to faculty and resident graduate students, and formally presented for discussion at an
open forum.

You should allow t wo weeks for your committee members to read your thesis proposal. The proposal should be
tabled (submitted to the Graduate secretary) t wo w eeks prior to the proposal presentation. The proposal
presentation should precede the defense by at least four months.

Thesis Defense
A formal defense of the completed thesis is made to the examination committee at an open forum. Please note
the important thesis documents required to be submitted to the Graduate Program Assistant and/or circulated
before the formal defense:

4 weeks prior:
      - Approval of Examining Committee
      - Abstract

2 weeks prior:
      - Thesis distribution to Committee
      - External Examiner Memo
      - Supervisory Committee Memo

Both the proposal and defense presentation format should follow the following guidelines:
       - oral presentation 20-30 min
       - questions from the committee
       - questions from the floor

2.2.2. Time required for the degree

The M.Sc. Thesis degree requirements can usually be completed in six semesters. Here is a suggested
Semester 3-4:       finalize experimental design, complete pilot experiments to demonstrate feasibility
Semester 4:         prepare and defend M.Sc. thesis proposal
Semester 4-5:       complete data collection, analysis and write up
Semester 5-6:       table thesis, defend thesis

For further information and regulations, see “Graduate General Regulations” in the SFU Calendar.

2.3. Ph.D. Degree

2.3.1. Degree Requirements

Students are admitted to the program in an area defined and determined prior to acceptance by the school’s
Graduate Program Committee (GPC). There are no formal course requirements for Doctoral students. Normally,
the supervisory committee will prescribe any additional courses necessary to complete the student’s academic

Study and research is designed to suit the background and research objectives of each student and may differ
widely from student to student.

The student will present 2 seminars plus a dissertation proposal on topics approved by the student’s
supervisory committee. They will be presented during the regularly scheduled school seminar time, normally
between the first and sixth semesters.

2.3.2. Comprehensive Examinations
Comprehensive exams must be written within 6 terms of admission to the doctoral program. The Ph.D.
comprehensive exam consists of four separate components: (1) a research proposal, (2) a written exam, (3)
and oral presentation, and (4) an oral exam. Embedded within the comprehensive exam is the dissertation

Research Proposal
The research proposal will be written in the format of a either a NSERC grant application, or a CIHR grant
application, with a maximum page limit of 11 pages, exclusive of budget, budget justification, tables, figures,
and appendices. A complete budget and budget justification should be included, as well as pilot data if
appropriate. The research proposal is to be written independently by the candidate.

Written Exam
The written exam will consist of questions structured to examine the candidate’s knowledge of the proposed
research area and to determine whether he/she is capable of carrying out the proposed research. The
questions may cover areas such as: fundamental knowledge, theoretical ideas or models, methodology,
analysis and interpretation of results. Exam committee members will determine how best to achieve this after
reading and commenting on the research proposal. Normally three of the four examiners [which must include
the external examiner] would each choose one area to probe further with questions that could reasonably be
answered within a two-hour, closed book session. The areas that will form the substance of the written exam
will be provided to the candidate. Relevance to the grant application is expected.

Oral Presentation
The oral presentation will provide an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate their ability to provide a
quality presentation on the research question and their approach to solution.

Oral Exam
The oral exam is designed to further assess the candidate’s ability to understand the issues at hand, and their
ability to undertake the proposed research. Additionally, constructive suggestions may be provided with
respect to the proposed approach. At the oral exam, the examiners may ask the student to clarify or elaborate
answers to the written exam questions and may further explore the student’s knowledge in any area relevant to
the proposed research.

2.3.3. Dissertation Defence
A formal defence of the completed thesis is made to the examination committee at an open forum. Please note
the important thesis documents required to be submitted to the Graduate secretary and/or circulated before the
formal defense:
8 weeks prior:
       - Approval of Examining Committee
       - Abstract

4 weeks prior:
      - Thesis distribution to Committee
      - External Examiner Memo
      - Supervisory Committee Memo

The completed dissertation is judged by the candidate’s examining committee. If the dissertation defence is
failed, the candidate is ineligible for further candidacy in the degree program at this University. For information
and regulations, refer to the Graduate General Regulations in the SFU Calendar.

2.4. M.Sc. Course Work Degree

2.4.1. Degree Requirements
The M.Sc. Program by Course Work in the school of Kinesiology requires the completion of 30 credit hours of
graduate courses.

Students must take KIN 801 (Seminar on Research in Kinesiology) and KIN 802 (Statistical Applications in
Kinesiology Research).

In addition, students must take 3 of the following: KIN810, KIN812, KIN821, KIN825, KIN840, KIN850, KIN 861, and
KIN 870, plus any 4 elective grad courses. Refer to course listings that follow in this handbook.

All students must also complete a one-semester directed study project (KIN 804) under faculty supervision.

Degree requirements can normally be completed in six semesters of study.

3. Graduate Courses and Seminars
3.1. List of Kinesiology Graduate courses

       KIN 801 Seminar on Research in Kinesiology
       KIN 802 Statistical Applications in Kinesiology Research
       KIN 804 Research Project
       KIN 805 Directed Studies
       KIN 806 Special Topics
       KIN 807 Special Topics
       KIN 808 Special Topics
       KIN 810 Integrative Muscle Physiology
       KIN 812 Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
       KIN 825 Motor Learning and Control
       KIN 826 Motor Control: A Behavioural Perspective
       KIN 835 Neuromuscular Disorders
       KIN 840 Human Biomechanics
       KIN 850 Control Systems in Health and Disease
       KIN 851 Recent Advances in Experimental Carcinogenesis
       KIN 861 Neuroscience
       KIN 865 Neural Control of Movement
       KIN 870 Modeling of Physiological Systems
       KIN 880 Internal Biomechanics
       KIN 885 Human-Machine Systems
       KIN 890 Engineering Aspects of Human Function
       KIN 898 Masters Thesis
       KIN 899 Doctorate Thesis

Every term, all Masters Thesis students should register in KIN 898: Masters Thesis.

Every term, all PhD students should register in KIN 899: Doctorate Thesis.

All graduate students must pay a $100 enrollment deposit - a partial payment of tuition fees for the term - at
least 5 days before enrolling. You will not be able to access the enrollment system until your deposit is paid.

Enrollment can be done online at: w w

3.2. Research Seminars
Seminars are held throughout the year in Kinesiology, and in conjunction with other departments and
universities. Emails are frequently sent to the faculty and graduate students with seminar particulars. Visiting
scholars to our School will often give a talk about their research when on campus. Keep your eyes open for
seminar announcement postings near the Main Office and email.

4. Financial Support
It is the policy of the School of Kinesiology that all thesis-based graduate students should, at all times, have
financial support either from scholarships, teaching or research assistantships.

4. 1. Teaching Assistantships
The School of Kinesiology believes strongly that a graduate student’s professional development is enhanced by
participation in the learning environment as a learning facilitator and every effort is made to place graduate
students in the Teaching Assistant positions. Teaching Assistantships are a warded each semester depending
on the teaching requirements of the School.

Rates are set by a collective agreement between the university and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

4. 2. Scholarships & Bursaries
There are several scholarships and bursaries that students can apply and compete for, both prior to entering
the graduate program and during their graduate studies. The Graduate Awards Database may be found
online at ww

4.3. Research Assistantships
As a graduate student in the School, you are entitled to one research assistant position per annum with your
senior supervisor. You may also choose to collaborate with other faculty members by means of a RA with
someone outside of your lab.

4.4. Travel Allowances
Graduate students may apply for the following travel/conference allowances:

Graduate Student Conference Travel Award - Apply with supporting documentation to The School of
Kinesiology. A maximum of $300 matching supervisory support per year. Contact Graduate Secretary for
appropriate forms.

Applied Science Graduate Students Conference Travel Fund - Apply to FAS with supporting
documentation. A maximum of $350 matching supervisory support per year. Refer to FAS website for more

NSERC Graduate Travel Award - Apply to The Dean of Graduate Studies with supporting documentation.
Note that a limited number of these a wards are available per term. Contact Dean of Graduate Studies for further

Kinesiology Grad Students’ Association (KGSA) Travel Compensation - Apply with supporting
documentation prior to conference travel to the Graduate Students’ Association (KGSA) at one of their general
meetings. Maximum of $100 support per year. Contact the current KGSA president for details.

4.5. External Funding
MSFHR – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research ( w w

NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ( w w Applicants who
apply for NSERC postgraduate scholarships are automatically considered from the Canada Graduate
Scholarship Program.

NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship - Work in collaboration with companies outside the university
( w w

CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research ( w w w

Heart and Stroke Foundation ( w w

BC Medical Services Foundation - For more info, contact (604) 688-2204)

4.6. Need-Based Funding
Government of BC - Student financial aid ( w w w

SFU Bursaries - Financial assistance to SFU students (undergrad and graduate levels). More information can
be found through a Financial Assistance Search engine
( w w

5. Administrative
5.1. Main Office, SFU School of Kinesiology (K9625)

Office Hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm
10:00am - 4:00pm (Thursday)

5.2. Staff

Graduate Program Assistant:
Susie Nugent
Phone: 778-782-4061

Undergraduate Secretary:
Laurie Klak
Phone: 778-782-3573

Financial Assistant:
Marilyn Anderson
Phone: 778-782-6585

Academic Program Co-ordinator:
Van Truong
Phone: 778-782-3165

Computer Technician:
King Chao
Phone: 778-782-5780

5.3. Graduate Program Committee
The Graduate Program Committee is responsible for recommending admission, revie wing the student’s progress
and arranging for the supervision and examination of the student. The GPC meets once/month and has one
graduate student representative on the committee.

The current GPC chair is: Steve Robinovitch (

Your current GPC rep is: Heather Parrott (

5.4. Dean of Graduate Studies

SFU’s Dean of Graduate Studies Office is located in Maggie Benson Centre (MBC 1100). This office may be of
assistance to you with information pertaining to:
       * Application/Admission
       * Student Records
       * Transcript Requests
       * A wards
       * University Graduate Regulations

Key Contacts in Grad Studies:
Dr. Wade Parkhouse - Dean of Graduate Studies
Vivian Blaker - Secretary to the Dean
Thea Hinds - Manager, Administration
Ingrid Woldenga - A wards Assistant
Barry Williamson - Director, Graduate Records

5.5. Kinesiology Graduate Students’ Association (KGSA)

All graduate students in Kinesiology automatically belong to the KGSA. Meetings are held each term to discuss
changes to the program, as well as any comments/concerns graduate students might have. Social events such
as hikes, dinners, evenings out are also planned by the group.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the current KGSA President.

5.6. The Grad Room (K8504)
The Grad Room houses 5 workspaces and 2 computer stations for graduate student use. If you do not have
w orkspace in your lab area, you may apply for deskspace in the Grad Room by contacting Coral Ann Lewis
( Deskspace may have to be shared between 2 grad students depending on the demand.

5.7. Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS)

The SFSS represents all students, both undergraduate and graduate at SFU. Their Main Office is located in the
Maggie Benson Center (MBC 2220). Travel compensation requests and additional information can be obtained at
this office or on their website.
5.8. Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

The TSSU represents the interests of all graduate students who hold Teaching Assistant positions for a given
term. Membership is compulsory when working as a TA.
For additional information, the TSSU office is located in the Academic Quadrangle (AQ5129/5130) or online at
w w

5.9. Centre for Students with Disabilities

The Centre for Students with Disabilities works with other departments at SFU to ensure accessible (both
physical and educational) learning environments for students with disabilities. Their office is located in MBC
1250 or by phone at X. 3112.

5.10. Who Do I Contact About…

… ID Cards?

       When you arrive at SFU, you can obtain your student ID/Library card from the Maggie Benson Centre
       (MBC) during normal working hours. Photos are taken the first week of each term. This card entitles you
       to borro w books from the SFU Library, as well as request journal articles/other print material online
       through the Library website.

… Keys?

       Door keys can be obtained from Campus Security. Students must first fill out a “key requisition” form
       (from Marilyn in Main Office) and have it signed by their senior supervisor. A deposit of $10-20 is
       normally required for each key requested.

       Mailbox keys for Kinesiology can be obtained from your Graduate Program Assistant. As a graduate
       student, you may use your mailbox for the duration of your studies, but must return the key to the
       Graduate Program Assistant upon completion of your degree.

… Tuition & Payroll?

       Graduate students who have financial assistance (ie. scholarship, bursary, TA, RA, etc) should see the
       departmental financial assistant, Marilyn Anderson. Paydays occur every 2 weeks, and deposits can be
       made directly into your bank account if you request it. To do this, you will need to provide Payroll with a
       VOID cheque.

       Students may also request that tuition payments be taken off each pay cheque. If interested, look on the
       SFU Finance website for instruction, at the beginning of each term.

… Computer Access?

       Students can obtain their computing logins from Computing Services (Strand Hall, lower level). You w ill
       use your SFU email address to log in to gosfu.

… Photocopying & Printing?

       The Kinesiology department houses a photocopier in K9635, the room next to the Main Office. Graduate
     students may request a photocopy number at the beginning of their studies good for 500 copies ($25)
     on this machine. In addition, TA’s may also request photocopy codes for their respective course
     material. Contact Marilyn in the Main Office for more information.

     The Photocopy Room also contains the Kines printer, a black and white laser printer, accessible by most
     lab computers. Ask your senior supervisor if your lab computer is connected to the main printer. Any
     questions should be directed to the Kinesiology computer technician, King Chao (ext. 5780,

… Room/Equipment Bookings?

     The Kinesiology Seminar Room is available for many meetings, seminars, etc. Students and faculty must
     sign up for any time in the Seminar Room booking binder located in the Main Office. In addition, other
     rooms in the Kinesiology Wing and/or surrounding area may be booked for meetings, seminars, or thesis
     presentations. Contact your Grad Program Assistant for more details.

... Audio-Visual Equipment?

     The AV department (or Classroom Technical Assistance) loans out equipment such as projectors,
     computers, overhead machines, laser pointers, etc for teaching/presentation purposes. They are
     located at two offices on campus - AQ (ext. 4828) and West Mall (WMC, ext. 5538).

… Health/Career Services?

     SFU Health and Career Counselling Services is located in Maggie Benson Centre (ground level).
     Appointments can be made by phone (ext. 27815).

… Parking?

     Graduate students are entitled to parking passes at one of the SFU parking lots. Parking Services Office
     is located in the West Mall Complex (WMC 3110) and rene wal of parking permits can be done online up
     to one month before the next school term (ie. renew before March 31 for Summer term). Both B- and C-
     lots are located in close proximity to the Kinesiology Wing and are commonly used by students and staff
     in our department. More information can be obtained by contacting Parking Services at

… Security & Safe-Walk Program?

     Campus Security (ext. 4500 for emergencies) is located at the entrance to the university, near the main
     bus loop, and between the library and gym facilities. They offer a Safe-Walk program to students
     traversing across campus at anytime of the day. Contact /w w for more information.

… Housing?

     On-campus, SFU has a variety of residence facilities, including townhouse-style residences. Many
     graduate students choose to live on campus out of convenience, and additional information may be
     obtained from the residence website:

     w w

     Off-campus housing is also popular among graduate students, with many students living “off the hill” in
     rental or o wned units. Available rental units may be found online at
     w w

… International Students’ Society?
       Students from outside Canada may wish to contact the International Students’ Society at
       w w

       Services include:admission assistance, housing options, counselling, campus tours, and other SFU

… Occupational Health & Safety?

       The SFU Occupational Health and Safety Office is located in the Academic Quadrangle. Working in a lab
       in Kinesiology may require graduate students to participate in safety training sessions and/or annual
       inspections. Any questions should be directed to the OHS contact, Stephen Caine (

… Athletics & Recreation?

       SFU offers a variety of recreational teams, clubs, classes, and certification programs. In addition, SFU is
       represented by 10 varsity athletic team, both men’s and women’s sports, participating in NAIA and CIS

       Although graduate students are considered to be ineligible for varsity athletic competition, many teams
       and clubs allow graduate students to train with them throughout the year. Contact the SFU Athletics &
       Recreation website (w w for more info.

… Human Rights?

       The SFU Human Rights Office is located in the Academic Quadrangle (AQ3045). Any questions or
       concerns may be directed to their website:
       w w

6. Important Dates to Remember
6.1. General (Term) Dates:
Anytime before first day of classes
      - Pay $100 registration deposit
      - Buy your parking pass (if applicable)
      - Get your gym tag from recreation and athletics. ($10.00 deposit)

First week of classes
       - Register for courses (don’t forget to register for KIN 898 (MSc Thesis) or KIN 899 (PhD Thesis) EVERY

Before the end of the first month
       - Pay your tuition
       - Add/drop any graduate courses
       - Attend KGSA meeting

Before the middle of the third month
       - Defend your thesis (if applicable)

Before the middle of the fourth (last) month
       - Submit your thesis to library (if applicable)

6.2. Funding/Award Deadlines:
NSERC, CIHR, MSFHR Applications
- Departmental deadline: October

Graduate Fellowship & FAS GF
- April 15th

President’s Research Stipend (PhD)
- end of the second month of the semester preceding the semester in which the award is sought

Kinesiology Private Awards:
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Kinesiology
- January 30th
Gordon Diewert Graduate Scholarship in Kinesiology
- May 30th
Samuel and Leatrice Cohen Prize in Environmental Physiology
- September 30th

7. Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (off the hill)
7.1. Hospitals & Emergency Centers
Burnaby General
3935 Kincaid St.     Burnaby        (604) 434-4211
Eagle Ridge
475 Guilford St.     Pt Moody       (604) 461-2022
Royal Columbian
330 E Columbia St. NWest. (604) 520-4253

7.2. Transportation

The U-Pass
The U-Pass program provides students with unlimited access to public transit in the greater Vancouver area at
a reduced cost. It is mandatory for SFU students. With your U-Pass photo ID, you will be able to ride all
TransLink buses, Skytrain and Seabus without additional costs at the terminals/stations, in addition to being able
to purchase West Coast Express (train) tickets for a discounted price.
The U-Pass fee is currently $104.36/term. Only extenuating circumstances will allow you to be exempt from this
fee, including:
 - students not assessed Student Activity Fee
 - students who do not reside in the GVRD and do not attend classes within the GVRD
 - students who are already registered with TransLink through Transit Pass or handyDART programs
 - students who hold a valid U-Pass through another university/college within the GVRD
Additional information can be found online at:
w w

Taxi Services
Bonny’s Taxi Ltd. …… (604) 434-8000
Yellow Cab …………...(604) 681-1111
Vancouver Taxi ………(604) 871-1111

BC Ferrries (
BC Ferries offer ferry service bet ween the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) and Vancouver Island, the Gulf
Islands and the Sunshine Coast. Ferry terminals are located at Ts wassen (south of Richmond) and Horseshoe
Bay (West Vancouver).
Vancouver International Airport (
YVR is Canada’s second busiest airport, with approximately 14 million passengers passing through the terminal
every year.
A variety of service, retail, and food/drink establishments are located within the hallways of both the arrivals
and departures level of the airport.
Parking tickets can be obtained for hourly, daily, and longterm parking stays. For more information, contact the
YVR website above.

VIA Rail (
Vancouver’s railway stop is located at Pacific Central (bus and train depot):
      1150 Station St
      Vancouver, BC V6A 4C7
      Phone: 1-888-842-7245
      Hours: 10:30-6:00pm (M/W/Th/Sa)
              : 7:30-6:00pm (Tu/F/Su)

Greyhound Bus Lines (
Greyhound Bus Lines services a variety of cities in the Lower Mainland, including Vancouver and Coquitlam
(t wo stations closest to SFU). More info can be found on their website.

Rental Car Companies
       * Budget (

       * Hertz ( w w

       * Enterprise ( w w

7.3. Groceries

Safeway (Info: 1-800-723-3929)
Kensington Square
6564 East Hastings Street (Burnaby)
Hastings & Willingdon
4440 East Hastings Street (Burnaby)
Lougheed Mall
9855 Austin Street (Burnaby)
Burquitlam Plaza
580 Clarke Road (Coquitlam)

Save-On Foods
Madison Centre
4399 Lougheed Hwy (Burnaby)
(604) 298-8412
Metroto wn
120-6100 McKay (Burnaby)
(604) 433-2774

Extra Foods
455 North Road (bt wn Austin & Lougheed)

Superstore (The Real Canadian)
(Info: 604-439-4400)
Metroto wn
 4700 Kings way
1301 Lougheed Hwy (@ Schoolhouse)

7.4. Shopping Malls & Areas

Lougheed Town Centre
       ( w w
Metroto wn Centre
Metropolis at Metrotown
       ( w w
Brent wood Town Centre
       ( w w w.brent

Pacific Centre
Oakridge Centre
Robson Street
( w w
Kitsilano, 4 Avenue
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Granville Island
( w w
Commercial Drive
( w w

North Shore
Capilano Mall
(http://w w
Lonsdale Quay Market
( w w
Park Royal Mall
( w w waves.cfm)

Coquitlam, Port Moody
Coquitlam Centre
(http://w w
Newport Village
( w w

7.5. Banks (near SFU, in Burnaby)
(all bank machines on campus)
6715 E. Hastings (@ Sperling)
(604) 668-3717
Parkcrest Plaza
(across from Burnaby Mtn. Golfcourse)
(604) 668-3729
Brent wood Town Centre
(604) 656-1200

Royal Bank
6570 East Hastings St
(Kensington Plaza)
(604) 665-5925
2840 Bainbridge Ave (@ Lougheed Hwy)
(604) 665-8500

TD Canada Trust
1933 Willingdon Ave
(across from Brent wood Mall)
(604) 654-3939

Bank of Montreal
4454 East Hastings St
(@ Willingdon Ave)
(604) 665-2520
Brent wood Town Centre
(604) 665-6660
Lougheed Town Centre
(604) 665-3745
Metroto wn Centre
(604) 665-3779
Kensington Plaza Safe way
(ATM only)
CIBC (all listings 1-800-465-2422)
4101 East Hastings St (@ Gilmore)
Brent wood Town Centre
Lougheed Town Centre

President’s Choice Financial
4454 East Hastings St
(@ Willingdon Ave)
(604) 665-2520
Brent wood Town Centre
(604) 665-6660
Lougheed Town Centre
(604) 665-3745

7.6. Liquor Stores
Burnaby only (near SFU):
Brent wood Mall
27B-4567 Lougheed Hwy
(604) 660-0818
Hastings & Willingdon
4450 Hastings St.
(604) 660-7366
Lougheed Plaza
9638 Cameron St.
(604) 660-7792

7.7. Cold Beer and Wine Stores
Burnaby (near SFU):
Hop & Vine
1601 Burn wood
(604) 660-5486
Mountain Shadow Pub
7174 Barnet Rd.
(604) 291-9322
Admiral Pub
4125 Hastings St.
(604) 298-7232
Woody’s Pub
933 Brunette Ave (Coquitlam)
(604) 526-2678

7.8. Restaurants
Burnaby (near SFU)
Anducci’s (Italian)
9604 Cameron St.
(604) 444-4610
Anton’s (Italian)
4260 Hastings St.
(604) 299-6636
X-Site (Grill)
4625 Hastings St.
(604) 298-7483
Red Robin (Casual)
9628 Cameron St.
(604) 421-7266
White Spot (Casual)
4075 North Rd.
(604) 421-4620
Shark Club (Casual)
4399 Lougheed Hwy
(604) 628-5500
Cactus Club (Casual)
4219 Lougheed Hwy
(604) 291-6606
Milestone’s (Casual)
4420 Lougheed Hwy
(604) 291-7393
Pho Hong (Vietnamese)
5975 Kings way Ave.
(604) 454-9727
Kato (Chinese)
3760 Hastings St.
(604) 299-7299
Bentei (Sushi)
5-5901 E Broadway
(604) 291-0080

Other Grad Favourites
Osama (Japanese)
2764 Barnett Hwy. (Coquitlam)
(604) 941-9222
Sunrise Pizza (Italian/Greek)
949 Commerical Dr. (Vancouver)
(604) 251-2411
Samosa Garden (Indian)
3502 Kings way Ave.
(604) 437-3502
Tropika (Malaysian)
3105 W Broad way (Vancouver)
(604) 737-6002
Carumba’s (Italian)
Newport Village (Port Moody)
Broad way @ Oak St (Vancouver)
Fuji Sushi
North Rd & Como Lake

Fine Dining (Vancouver)
Kettle of Fish (Seafood/Steak)
900 Pacific St.
(604) 682-6661
Salmon House (Seafood)
2229 Folkstone Way (West Vancouver)
(604) 926-3212
Macaroni Grill (Italian)
1523 Davie St. (Vancouver)
(604) 689-4334
Revolving Restaurant (Harbour Center)
Aqua Riva
200 Granville St.
(604) 683-5599
Horizons (Burnaby Mountain)
(604) 299-1155

7.9. Movie Theatres
Near SFU
Dolphin Cinema
4555 Hastings St.
(604) 293-0321           $ 7.00
Silver City (Metropolis)
4700 Kings way
(604) 435-7474           $12.75
Silver City (Coquitlam)
170 Schoolhouse St.
(604) 523-2911           $12.75
Station Square
220-6200 McKay Ave.
(604) 434-7711           $ 7.50
Eagle Ridge
2635 Barnet Hwy
(604) 464-6600           $ 7.00

7.10. Nightlife
Foggy Dew Irish Pub
405 North Rd.
(604) 937-5808
Mountain Shadow
7174 Barnet Rd.
(604) 291-9322
SFU Pub on campus!
Steamworks Bre wing Co.
375 Water St.
(604) 689-2739
Yaleto wn Bre wing Co.
1111 Mainland
(604) 681-2739
541 Clarke Rd.
(604) 937-3488
Urban Well
1516 Ye w St.
(604) 737-7770
891 Homer St.
(604) 687-6107
2010 W 4 St.
(604) 738-2771

The Roxy
932 Granville St.
(604) 331-7999
The Purple Onion
15 Water St.
(604) 602-9442
The Plaza
881 Granville St.
(604) 646-0064
Au Bar
674 Seymour (@ Georgia)
(604) 648-2227
Bar None
1222 Hamilton St.
(604) 689-7000
The Mirage
15330-102A Ave (Surrey)
(604) 583-8828
Richard’s on Richards
1036 Richards St.
(604) 687-6794
1180 Granville St.
(604) 684-0355

7.11. Coffee Shops
Burnaby (near SFU)
Tim Horton’s
3495 North Rd.
(604) 420-2027
Tim Horton’s
4191 Lougheed Hwy
(604) 294-0470
6691 Hastings St.
(604) 205-5831
Kensington Plaza
6550 Hastings St.
(604) 294-2766

7.12. Day Trips/Sites
* Beaches
(http://w w
– Kits Beach , Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, Spanish Banks East/West, Tower Beach (secluded beach
between Spanish and Wreck), Wreck Beach (nude beach at UBC campus), Sunset Beach/English Bay, Second
Beach, Barnet Marine Park
* Stanley Park
(http://w w
 - walk, jog, cycle (rentals available), rollerblade around the sea wall, Vancouver Aquarium, fine restaurants
(Tea House), petting zoo, art displays, Totem Poles, Prospect Point, and trolley tours (free)
·* Grouse Mountain
(http://w w
- hike up (fairly difficult, approx 45 min – 2 hours, depending on climbing speed!) or ride the Skyride (gondalla)
* Granville Island
( w w
- sample food from the public market, check the Arts Club Theatres and Waterfront theatre, numerous art
galleries, and lots of touristy shops and restaurants. Also tour the Granville Island bre wery and get some free
samples. The Arts Club Backstage Lounge has a good beer selection, food, and some really good bands on
w eekend nights, plus a patio for the daytime.
* Gastown
 ( w w w.gasto
- (near do wnto wn) and check out many touristy shops, several bars and restaurants, and several art galleries.
Check out the famous steam clock.
* Harbour Center
(http://w w
 - (SFU’s downto wn campus), has a to wer with observation deck (discount admission for students).
* Chinatown
( w w
 - near Gasto wn. Check out restaurants, Chinese bakeries, exotic food stores, and colourful streets. On a hot
sunny day, take a book to the Dr. SunYatSen gardens in the Chinese Cultural Center.
* Richmond/Steveston
- eat fish and chips, buy fresh and inexpensive seafood and walk or cycle along the Richmond dike.
* Science World
(http://w w wsite/info/)
- in the geodesic dome (Terminal & Quebec).
* Robson Street
- bet ween Granville and Bute, Vancouver’s shopping mecca, classy restaurants and shops.
* Commercial Street
 in the afternoon, starting at 1 Ave and heading north. Continue to the waterfront and watch grain loading, fish
packing, etc..
* University of British Columbia (
- walk some of the surrounding trails, visit the main botanical gardens and nearby Asian garden. See the UBC
art gallery in the basement of Main library, stop at the Nitobe Japanese garden.
- Keynote attraction: The Museum of Anthropology (http://w w
4th Avenue
( w w
 shopping center of Kits
Deep Cove
(http://w w
- tiny village on Indian Arm, great picnic site, key attraction: kayak and canoe rentals
Londsdale Quay
( w w
- largest indoor market on the north shore
New Westminster Quay
 miles of board walk along Fraser River, markets, shops, home of Hyack Festival (mid-May), Fraserfest (mid-
Hastings Park Race Track
(http://w w
Pacific National Exhibition
(http://w w
- runs Mid-August until Labour Day weekend, includes Playland ( w w open all summer
(April September)
(http://w w
- home to hockey, figure skating, and indoor soccer teams, open year-round
Lighthouse Park
(http://w w
- hiking trails (for novice-advanced hikers) along ocean coast, picnic spots, rock climbing areas over w ater’s
edge, perfect spot for sunrises/sunsets.
Newport Village
 in scenic Port Moody, includes shops (boutiques, scrapbooking, Runner’s Den), pub, restaurant (Carumba’s),
and the BEST icecream in the Lower Mainland (La Casa Dolce)!

7.13. Longer (Weekend) Trips
(http://w w w.
- home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (http://w w w.!!!
Victoria, BC
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Nanaimo, BC
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Seattle, WA
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Harrison Hot Springs, BC
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Manning Park
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Golden Ears Provincial Park
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Squamish “The Chief”
Garibaldi Park, Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk
Sunshine Coast
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Gulf Islands
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Regional Parks - Belcarra, Minnekhada
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Whale watching near Tofino and Uclulet
West Coast Trail
w w wctrail.html
 years a way, but the excitement is rising!
Merritt Mountain Music Festival
 mid-July in Merritt, BC (1.5 hours east of Vancouver)
Enchanted Evening
 Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, July-September, Musical performances featuring traditional and
contemporary Asian music.
Steamworks Tour de Gastown
 annual event in July, world-class cyclists race through the streets of Gasto wn, free admission
BC Day
 August long weekend (first weekend in August)
Abbotsford International Airshow
 early-August, at Abbotsford International Airport

7.14. Festivals

Vancouver Folk Festival
annual event, at Jericho Beach, mid-July
Comedy Festival
end-July, at Granville Island
Burnaby Blues Festival
end-July, at Deer Lake Park (Burnaby)

7.15. Vancouver Special Events
Vancouver Molson Indy
(http://w w
HBSC Celebration of Light
 annual summer fire work displays from nations around the world, Final competition/display in mid-August
Bard on the Beach
( w w
- Vanier Park, June-September annually, check for daily sho w listings
Dragon Boat Festival
 (http://w w
2010 Winter Olympic Games (!
Carribean Day Festival
 end-July, North Vancouver
Festival Vancouver
 mid-August, venues all over the city

7.16. Local Sports Teams
Canucks ( w w - NHL hockey
Giants ( w w - WHL hockey
Ravens ( w w - Lacrosse
Whitecaps ( - Men’s and Women’s Pro Soccer
SFU Athletic teams (http://w w

7.17. Athletic Clubs/Stores

BC Athletics (http://w w
The Running Room ( w w
The Runner’s Den
(http://w w
Northshore Athletics
Forerunner’s (http://w w
Lady Sport (http://w w
Cycling BC (w w
- governing body of racing in BC and has
a list of clubs and organizations on their website. They also put on clinics ( women’s, learn to race clinics for
road, cross-country, or do wnhil).
Mountain Biking
Northshore Mountain Bike Association ( w w
John Henry the Bicycle Man
( http://w w
- North Vancouver
The Bike Shop - Port Moody
Blak Dog Bikes Coquitlam
Road Racing
UBC Tuesday night criterium races summers only
Swim BC (http://w w w.s
SFU Master’s sessions ( w w wim.html)
- Improve strokes and endurance while receiving valuable feedback from experienced coaches, 6-8 w eek
sessions, 2-3x/ week.
Tri BC ( w w
SFU Triathlon Club contact Ross Davidson (
Team Sports:
Vancouver Sport and Social Club
(http://w w

Metro Women’s Soccer League ( w w w.metro
Men’s soccer
Fraser Valley Soccer League ( w w
Vancouver Metro Soccer League ( w w
North Shore Sportsman’s League (http://members.sha
BC Soccer Association (http://w w
Ultimate Frisbee
Vancouver Ultimate League ( w w


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