SFU's Computing Science Student Society

Project X Announcement

posted by Justin Yan on Aug. 17, 2022, 1:23 a.m.

Hello everyone,

ProjectX is a four-month long machine learning research competition for undergrads hosted by University of Toronto Artificial Intelligence Group ( https://www.uoft.ai/ ). Over those four months, participants will be working on their topic and writing a paper about their findings.

As long as you are an Undergraduate student graduating after April 2023 you are eligible to participate.

Website for Project-X 2021 (last year):




"Possible focus areas may take a look into how we communicate with each other, the way our infrastructure poses physical barriers to access for people, and the way that we interact with the computer systems that have become central to our daily lives. "


Cash prize of $25 000 and invite to UofT AI Conference in January 2023.

Timeline of Project:

September 2022 - December 2022

Team Size:

1 team from SFU of 3-6 undergraduates

Samples of previous outcomes:

Find attached to this email.

If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please write an email to


detailing why you are interested, past project experience in machine learning or artificial intelligence, planned work/course load for Fall 2022 and your resume. Also include when you are expected to graduate and if you will be able to dedicate time to the long commitment. This is a big project so if you plan to take a heavy course load in Fall this may not the best competition to participate in. If you are interested please submit your application byAugust 18th 23:59 PST.

If you have people you would ideally like to work with please include their names in your email. We may match people up to form the team. Also attached is an invitation package as well as sample outcomes from previous years.


Justin Yan
Vice President | Computing Science Student Society
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6



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Last Day for TA Award Nominations

posted by Jasper Song on Aug. 12, 2022, 8:39 a.m.

Hello CSSS members,

This is the final call for nominations for the CS Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Award; the deadline istoday. Please email your nominations to cs-outstanding-tas@sfu.ca; you may recommend as many TAs as you would like. Here are the criteria again:

  • The TAs who worked from Fall 2018 to Summer 2022
  • Overall quality of teaching, including the ability to understand students’ needs and clearly explain complex information
  • Mastery of the subject area and ability to motivate students
  • Ability to develop course materials that promote learning (e.g. website, tutorials, assignment and exam questions)
  • Capacity to create engaging, inclusive learning environments and promote critical thinking
  • Consistency, timeliness, and integrity in evaluating students (e.g. marking) and in handling a variety of student needs
  • Going above and beyond assigned duties to assist the instructor in enhancing the learning experience of students in the course

On behalf of the CS Outstanding TA Award Committee,
Jasper Song
CSSS Assistant Director of Events

Addititional Computing Science Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Due August 19th, 2022)

posted by Mitchell Gale on Aug. 5, 2022, 7:51 a.m.

Hi All,

Please see below a message from Dr. Angelica Lim, the Undergraduate Program Committee Chair regarding two additional Undergraduate Student Research Awards(USRAs)!

I hope many of you apply to take advantage of this great opportunity as undergraduate students!

Dear students,

Are you interested in undergraduate research? The School of CS is able to offer two extra VPR USRAs this year, which is an undergraduate student research award worth over $8500, to be held in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. Students may take a maximum of 2 courses while holding a USRA.

To be eligible, you must have a GPA > 2.67, and will need to prepare a research proposal by contacting a professor to discuss potential research topics. It is recommended that students have received at least an A in the professor's course for consideration.

Please refer to the attached memo with the term of reference and the application form. Please submit the attached form and unofficial transcript tocspc1@sfu.ca by Aug. 19, 2022 (9AM) to apply for this special competition. Questions may be directed tocspc1@sfu.ca.

Future opportunities for USRAs will be announced in late December or January. Good luck!


Dr. Angelica Lim
Undergraduate Program Committee Chair
School of Computing Science


Mitchell Gale
Computing Science Student Society President

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posted by Valerie Kistrina on Aug. 4, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

Hey All! 

For the last board games night of the semester, we try to do something new. Last term we had ice-cream and sweets, but this semester we decided it turn it up a notch…with KARAOKE!

The CSSS is excited to invite you all to BOARD GAMES NIGHT++ KARAOKE EDITION!!!

Come jam out to your favorite songs, recharge with some pizza and pop, and play a round of board games with your mates. Have some fun before diving into your studies….you’re almost done! 

We hope to see you there - students, alumni, faculty, and staff all welcome! What will you be singing? 🎤

Please note: the location of this event is TASC9204


Date: Friday, August 5

Location: TASC9204

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Valerie Kistrina

Computing Science Student Society, Director of Educational Events 

(very educational this time, eh! 😆)

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FROSH Leader 2022 Applications

posted by Shariq Ahsan on Aug. 2, 2022, 7:53 p.m.

Hello CSSS Members

We are only a month away from FROSH week, a week long event dedicated to welcoming new students into our community. We need your help in welcoming the new students and acting as role models for the FROSHEES. This is a great opportunity to  engage with our community and help out new students as they begin there journey. 

We’re looking for Leaders who are:
 • Knowledgeable and willing to provide advice to new students
 • Responsible and dependable role models
 • Welcoming, friendly, and understanding
 • Willing to help manage, set up, and clean up after events.

Got questions? You can join our leader discord here: https://discord.gg/J4VQfHeJvT

Shariq Ahsan

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