The Caucus has initiated, and is responsible for overseeing several programs and events. We hope the following activities are an enjoyable addition to your graduate experience here at SFU-Biology.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events are listed on the Calendar.


The Caucus usually meets the last Friday of every month (with the exception of December) in the Biology Grad Lounge on the 7000-level of Biology.

Mentor Program

Every Fall semester (September - December), we pair up new grad students to the department (mentee) with a student who's been in the department for at least a year (mentor). The intent is for the mentor to help get new students aquainted with the department and ease their transition into graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. The mentor meets with the mentee at least once a month, or as often as the mentee requires, in an informal setting (over coffee, for example). For Questions about the mentor program, please contact the social coordinator or the caucus executive.

BISC Grad Symposium

During the Spring Semester (usually late February, or early March).

Publishing Workshops

During the Fall and Spring Semesters, presentations are provided on helpful tips to get publications. See HERE for previous presentations. (Note: Presentations only available to SFU Biology graduate students).

Other Caucus Events

The Biology Grad Caucus also participates in organizing the department christmas party, and various other events throughout the year, such as barbeques and trips. If you've got an idea for an event, contact the social coordinator, or show up at a caucus meeting.

General Events

Apart from caucus events, there are lots of other events and activities going on around the campus:

Payday coffee: every payday everyone gathers in the hall outside the Biology General Office for coffee, snacks, & good conversation. Watch for emails.

Grad Retreat: most years, a small conference is held in the Fall semester near Squamish, BC for grad students from SFU, UBC, UVic. Lots of fun, and a great way to meet people from nearby universities who are doing similar work to you.