SFU's Computing Science Student Society

Mountain Madness Hackathon 2023 Schedule Correction

posted by Patrick Peake on Feb. 4, 2023, 5:31 p.m.

Hello Everyone,

The Mountain Madness Hackathon 2023 announcement email contained an incorrect schedule. The opening presentation will be 10:00 am, Saturday, February 18th,2023 not Sunday, February 19th, 2023 as stated in the announcement. 


Patrick Peake
Mountain Madness 2023 Hackathon Coordinator | Computing Science Student Society
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6


Mountain Madness Hackathon 2023

posted by Patrick Peake on Feb. 4, 2023, 4:39 p.m.

Hello everyone,


The CSSS would like to announce the return of our annual Mountain Madness Hackathon happening on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th, 2023. This event this free, but registration is required in order to participate. Please register through our Eventbrite:




Why should you attend Mountain Madness 2023? 


-This Hackathon is an opportunity to create a new project for your resume in a short amount of time

-Sign up with friends, or work with new people, and bond over your struggles with coding

-Multiple meals will be provided!


A schedule & full list of FAQs can be found on Eventbrite. If there are any other questions, please feel free to contact me at csss-hackathonchair@sfu.ca.


Here is a summarized breakdown of the event details:


Event: Mountain Madness 2023

Date: Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th 2023

Check-in & Registration: 9:00 am, Saturday, February 18th

Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am, Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Check-in location: TASC 1 9204

End Time: afternoon, Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Price: Free!



Patrick Peake
Mountain Madness 2023 Hackathon Coordinator | Computing Science Student Society
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6


SFU Bystander Intervention workshop | Jan 30

posted by CS Student Society President on Jan. 29, 2023, 11:45 p.m.

Hi All,

The Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student Society is hosting an event about Bystander Intervention. Please see the below message for more details.


In recognition of SFU's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, MSESS is hosting an event in collaboration with the SVSPO (Sexual Violence Support & Violence Prevention Office), aboutBystander Intervention. In this 90-minute virtual workshop, you will learn to identify potentially harmful situations, describe and apply tactics to intervene in situations, and to show support safely, as well as how and where to seek guidance or support from campus and community services. 

When: January 30, 5:30-7:00pm 

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO). The SVSPO offers free, confidential support services for all SFU and Fraser International College community members (students, faculty, and staff) who have been directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence. To learn more about the SVSPO, please visit their website:https://www.sfu.ca/sexual-violence.html

I hope many of you can make it to this valuable workshop.


Mitchell Gale

Computing Science Student Society President

Re: Undergrad Research CS Opportunities!

posted by Mitchell Gale on Jan. 29, 2023, 11:39 p.m.

Hi All,

Please note that the NSERC/VPR USRA offerings for 2023 have been confirmed. Please see the below message from Angela Tai (Undergraduate Program Coordinator | School of Computing Science).


We have received confirmation of the NSERC/VPR USRA offerings for 2023. The amounts are confirmed as per the initial email below.

Please submit your applications by Feb. 12th. Please refer to our webpage for details on this award, including how to apply - https://www.sfu.ca/computing/current-students/undergraduate-students/research/USRA.html

Please note there is a slight modification to the webpage since the date of first publishing. We would now ask that the Form 202 or VPR USRA form have both parts completed when submitting to the Coursys application.


I hope that many of you take advantage of this opportunity!

For questions, please contact cs_undergrad_program_coordinator@sfu.ca.


Mitchell Gale

Computing Science Student Society President

From: Mitchell Gale
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2023 1:03 AM
To: csss-announce@sfu.ca; cmpt-students@sfu.ca
Cc: CS Program Coordinator
Subject: Undergrad Research CS Opportunities!

Hi All,

Have you ever been interested in computing science research at SFU? One of the potential ways to give research a shot is through NSERC funding where you can get paid for working as a researcher.

Please take a look at the below message for more details about the application process and the potential openings.


Dear Student,

Although we are still expecting the announcement of the NSERC/VPR USRA offerings to our department (next week or so), we would like to give you a preview of the faculty projects and Award information - https://www.sfu.ca/computing/current-students/undergraduate-students/research/USRA.html

Depending on each faculty project supervisor's preference, you may be asked to contact them individually first by a date they state, before formally submitting your applications to Coursys and NSERC portal as described in https://www.sfu.ca/computing/current-students/undergraduate-students/research/USRA.html This Coursys and NSERC portal are not yet open pending the announcement. When we receive news of that, we will email you again. We expect our students to submit these around Feb. 12th.  

For questions, please contact cs_undergrad_program_coordinator@sfu.ca

Best wishes,

Xingdong Yang

For questions, please contact cs_undergrad_program_coordinator@sfu.ca


Mitchell Gale

SFU Computing Science Student Society



Nominate a professor for the Computing Science Excellence in Teaching Award!

posted by Johnson Luong on Jan. 28, 2023, 7:55 p.m.

Dear all,

On behalf of:

Dr. Qianping Gu
Chair of the School of Computing Science Teaching Award Committee, 2023

Every had that one amazing prof and want their greatness to be awarded for? Read on: The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes exceptional instructors in the School of Computing Science who deliver high-quality materials, design innovative and engaging teaching methods, and create respectful and inclusive learning environments for students. The award has been given annually to one or more faculty members in the School who goes "above and beyond" the normal teaching activities. The award considers teaching activities in the two most recent academic years (2021-2022). A faculty member may receive this award only once in any five-year period. *The previous winners during that period are: Brian Fraser, Igor Shinkar, Angelica Lim, and Gregory Baker.

The award is adjudicated by the Teaching Awards Committee in the School, which includes multiple faculty members as well as one graduate student and one undergraduate student, nominated by the graduate and undergraduate students societies in the School, respectively. The Teaching Award Committee may also include prior winners of this award.

Selection Criteria:
The Teaching Awards Committee will evaluate candidates using the following criteria:
• Quality of teaching, including the ability to clearly present complex information, the creation of an engaging and supportive environment, and student success.
• Exemplifies the six fundamental values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.
• Innovation of teaching, including updating course material, adoption of innovative teaching methods, and development of tools.
• Impact on the community, including leading teaching initiatives, delivering talks on teaching innovation, and contribution to outreach activities.

Nomination Process:

Any faculty member or student in the School of Computing Science can submit one or more nominations to the Teaching Awards Committee by sending an email to mailto:csawards@sfu.ca. A group of students and/or multiple faculty members can submit a joint nomination. The nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to one or more of the above criteria.

Timeline (for this year):
• Nominations accepted from now to February 28, 2023
• Review process conducted between March 1st to March 24, 2023
• Award announced at the School meeting in May

Expectations from of the Award Winner:
• Share their teaching success with colleagues and students in a public talk or seminar
• Serve on the Teaching Award committee for at least one year


Johnson Luong

Director of Communications | Computing Science Student Society

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Dr., Burnaby B.C V5A 1S6



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