Minutes – November 14, 2013

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Student Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 14, 2013


The meeting of the BPKSA was called to order at 1:30pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in AQ 4130 by Steven.

In attendance

  • Steven M., Alex, Loryn, Steven O., Brent, Debbie, Jake, Joyce, Gina, Sydney, Taylor, Mohammed

Open Issues

  • Mentorship Program
    • Taylor (PhD rep) came to talk and ask us about starting a mentorship program between grad and undergrad students
    • How to better integrate undergrad and grad programs
    • SFU Grad program is solely researched based
    • Mentorship program for undergrads that are interested to see what’s going on
    • Attract more undergrads to graduate studies
    • Goals:
    • 1. recruit top notch undergrad students to be grad students
    • 2. showcase our research
    • 3. allow students to be immersed in research environment
    • Feedback on what we think: We all think it’s an awesome idea
    • Best place to recruit: career night, talk to 304, 305, 306 for grad student to do a guest lecture, promote through co-op, set-up something at research day, BPK orientation
    • Grad students write a little bio and students can choose who they want to work with
    • Students willingness to do it is more important than their GPA
    • Maybe recruiting 1st years could be a good idea
  • Bowling Event
    • Steven sent out reminder e-mails last night
    • Steven may not be able to make it so Alex will be in charge to greet people and pay for the event
  • Career Event
    • Joyce update: talked to Dave Clark (confirmed to speak), sent e-mail for Tom  for him to send out request for lab tours, Sherri Fergusson willing to show undergrads the EPU, talk to Robinovitch, ask in Cardiac group
    • Jesse confirmed to talk as Med student
    • Mohammed finished grants for Glen and Claire
    • Update from Darleen:
      Alicia – SFU kin degree, co-op, Masters in public health, Med school at UBC (can’t confirm until January)
      Trevor Randle is an OT (not SFU grad) that works for CBI
  • Clothing
    • Send Debbie your availability for table!
  • BPK enrollment issues
    • USRA problem – when students come back from co-op they’ve been having problem with enrollment
    • There have been issues lately with people’s late enrollment
    • These issues should be addressed to admissions
  • UPC Updates
    • Bio department is organizing a new first year summer program – for students from all departments (BioChem, BPK, ect.)
    • Lab-based program want to get kin involved – what kind of things would first years students be able to do to design a question for a lab and execute it? Any ideas of what they would do?  Example: “what bone produces the most torque?”
    • Students to start thinking in a research way


Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 pm by Steven. The next meeting will be at 1:30pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in AQ 4130.

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