GPS/Mitacs Step Event: Technical and Scientific Writing I & II

Date & Time

Thursday, 20 March 2014
09:00 to 16:30


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Mitacs Step Program

Registration Closed / Past Event


PLEASE NOTE: This is a two day session, March 20th and 21st, and students are expected to attend both days.

* This session is being offered in collaboration with the Mitacs Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.

This workshop is designed for those with scientific and technical backgrounds and aims to help you improve structure and grammar in your writing, as well as the impact. In this small-group setting, you will get on-site expert feedback and a chance to work on your current, future or past papers. The facilitator will give you exposure to many writing samples, from outstanding to atrocious.

Facilitator: Michael Sjoerdsma has taught in the School of Engineering Science at SFU since September 2003. He teaches a number of courses encompassing various aspects of technical communication. Because of his technical training as an engineer, Michael has firsthand knowledge of the requirements needed for effectively communicating technical material. Michael has taught technical writing for the Management Skills and Advanced Technology program. He also provides writing and editing services for graduate students, professors, and private companies. Michael is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and several other professional associations.”

Refreshments: Beverages and light lunch will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.

Registration:  Seats are limited to 24 graduate student participants. Applicants from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, please visit

Applicants will receive confirmation within two working days of the receipt of their e-mail. If you have difficulty with registration, send us an email.

Information about upcoming GPS events can be found at: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Graduate Pathways to Success Program.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.