December 2021: Issue 11
  • FGSR Highlights 
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Scholarships and Funding
  • Student Life
  • Grad Spotlight
  • Congratulations!
  • Open Calls
FGSR Highlights
Digital Futures: SaskTech Industry Day

U of R graduate students will be presenting their tech research via posters, and we invite all U of R students to participate in our inaugural Saskatchewan Tech Industry fair. 
When: February 3, 2022 from 1 to 4:30 pm
Where: The Rotunda at 10 Research Drive, Innovation Place, Regina, SK
Thanks to Dr. Chris Yost for recently facilitating a poster training workshop in preparation for the Digital Futures poster competition. You can view the recording here
Information on how you can participate in this event will follow in the coming weeks.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Foresight Canada
The FGSR is partnering with Foresight Canada to provide entrepreneurship training to a select group of graduate students at the U of R. The program will deliver an online training course for 7-10 graduate students on how to develop, sell, and successfully deploy cleantech and social innovations. The pilot will focus on how to create mentor relationships that can help them succeed in advancing materially towards a significant commercial milestone.
If you have a business or a social innovation idea, we would like to hear from you. The call for applications and selection of participants will take place in the winter term. Stay tuned for more details. 
Professional Development Opportunities
Written Communications (CCE)
December 1, 11 am to 12 pm Online. Webinar details and registration information available here
Mental Health Series: Strategies for Emotional Grounding, Growth, and Resilience (GLC)
December 2, 9 am Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Communication Skills (Mitacs)
December 3, 2 to 4 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information are available here
Write In - Writing Habits (Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network)
December 2, 12 pm Online. Workshop details (in addition to other activities) and registration information available here
YouTube University
Dec 8, 5 to 6 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Cultivating Resiliency and Finding Balance
Dec 9, 1 to 2 pm Online. Register here

Career Webinars (ACE at U of R)
Job Search, All Fields: December 7, 5 to 6:15 pm OR December 20, 3 to 4:15 pm
Job Search, Science and Engineering Fields: December 7, 5 to 6:15 pm OR December 29, 1 to 2:15 pm
Customizing Resumes – Science and Engineering Fields: Dec. 3, 3 to 4:15 pm OR Dec. 14, 5 to 6:15 pm
Customizing Resumes – All Fields: Dec. 3, 1 to 2:15 pm OR Dec. 14, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Interview Prep: Dec. 8, 3 to 4:15 pm OR Dec. 16, 1 to 2:15 pm  
Exploring Educational and Career Options: Dec. 6, 3 to 4:15 OR Dec. 16, 3 to 4:15 pm
Individual Career Counselling for U of R Students: Questions related to choosing or re-evaluating your educational/career direction? Contact a career counsellor to book a time: [email protected]
Details on all these webinars and registration information available here 
Scholarships and Funding
Find out more information about upcoming scholarship reminders and deadlines at the links below:

Remember that there are many more scholarship opportunities on our Scholarships web page. Please go through each and every link to find what you are fully eligible for.
Student Life

Coffee with the Dean

Every month, FGSR Dean Aziz Douai meets to discuss important topics to graduate student’s experience. This fall term, we had three excellent sessions focused on the topics of Graduate Supervision, Mental Health and Wellness, and Graduate Leadership and Success.
Please send us your requests and suggestions on topics for the winter term (including mental health and wellness). You can win a swag package for entering your suggestions! Email us at [email protected]
Annual Psychology Fall Awards Reception
Psychology Fall Awards
The Annual Psychology Fall Awards Reception on November 25 recognized contributions of psychology students, supervisors, faculty and staff. The awards celebrated graduate student excellence in several areas (best teaching assistant, best Master’s and doctoral theses) with the Meitheal Award given to two students who have answered the call of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to forge a better relationship between psychology and Indigenous peoples and established “The Anti-Racism Speaker Series.” The Psychology Graduate Students Association describes their initiative: "As mental health care providers, we have a responsibility to promote both the welfare of society as a whole and the welfare of all members of society. We have ethical duties to promote well-being, avoid doing harm, and act when we see discrimination. Given the current social climate and racial justice movement, we felt we owed it to our profession to do more to meet these moral and ethical responsibilities when it comes to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in our communities.” Congratulations to the nominees and the winners.  
Grad Spotlight: Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to announce the winners of FGSR inaugural Excellence Awards to celebrate graduate students’ accomplishments in three areas: Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Graduate Student Excellence Award (Innovation and Research), and Graduate Community Engagement Award.
Winner of Graduate Teaching Assistant Award: Shelby Piechotta (MSc student from Computer Science)
As a teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science, Shelby Piechotta’s performance went above and beyond being reliable, approachable, and helpful. When classes and labs shifted to remote, online delivery due to the pandemic, Shelby took the initiative to create video tutorials to explain programming concepts for CS 115 labs. Some of the tutorials were over 40 minutes, which demonstrates a personal commitment to enhancing students’ experience. Further, these videos are indicative of his willingness to create new resources using innovative approaches to delivery of course content. His work and efforts can serve as a template for other TAs and instructors to connect with students in new ways. 
Winner of Graduate Student Excellence Award in Innovation and Research: Nicole Lerminiaux (PhD student from Biology)
Nicole Lerminiaux, a Ph.D. candidate in Biology, is the recipient of the Graduate Student Excellence Award for Innovation and Research. Nicole’s research on bacteria in different environments incorporates elements of ecology, microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, and evolution. Her unique contributions include discovery of a new form of bacterial feeding, and a new roll for competition among bacterial cells. She is currently working with land owners and conservation agencies to track the movement of antibiotic resistance genes in southern Saskatchewan’s waterways, a key aspect to understanding the role of the environment in public health. Nicole’s research has already begun to influence her field; she published a very influential peer-reviewed scientific paper that was the most downloaded item from the Canadian Journal of Microbiology 3 years in a row. Nicole is also very active in scientific communication and outreach, and has won two prestigious national awards for promotional videos about her research.
Winner of Graduate Community Engagement Award: David Akinmade (MSc student from Computer Science)
David is an exceptional person, he has served and engaged with students who participate in the Diversity Group. This is a gathering for graduate students who identify as visible minority, racialized person or people of colour. This group supports FGSR commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and creates a space for students to come together as a collective. As Pauline Streete (EDI Senior Advisor to the President) has described, “David’s energy, kindness and generosity rippled through the network and amplified the group’s stated purpose… Aware of the limitations arising from the pandemic, David recommended options for social interaction in online forums to bring the group together for networking, personal growth and approaches to becoming proud University of Regina graduate students with a reach beyond the network”. Congratulations again on this deserved recognition of your community engagement work.
Congratulations to Shelby, Nicole, and David!

If you would like to be featured or if you know someone who should be featured in the Grad Spotlight, email us at [email protected]
Please join us in congratulating fellow graduate students who have successfully defended their PhD dissertations:
Katherine Jane Mazenc in Clinical Psychology
Thesis title: An Investigation of Engagement in Parent-Administered, Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Childhood Anxiety: Intervention Usage and Subjective Experience
Supervisor: Dr. Lynn Loutzenhiser
Yvonne Nichole Faller in Clinical Psychology
Thesis title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Psychoeducation Course for Improving Knowledge and Access to Mental Health Accommodations
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos
Open Calls
Mitacs, Open Projects Request for Researchers
Open Projects or (Request for Researchers (RFRs) service at Mitacs is dedicated to Businesses and not-for-profit organizations looking for the right researcher to support them in their innovation projects. Mitacs works with domestic and international partners to circulate your opportunity throughout our post-secondary networks to find you candidates who are the best fit. Also, this is dedicated to researchers (professors or students) who are looking for the perfect opportunity to put their skills and knowledge into practice. If you find the right project, Mitacs will connect you to the company to discuss and develop the Mitacs research proposal.
If you are a researcher (undergrad, grad student or postdoc), explore the available projects using the filters, and apply using the link at the end of the project description. If you are a faculty member at a Canadian or foreign academic institution and are interested in one of these projects, please contact Fatima Dargah [email protected]

SOST 880AN – 001 (CRN12599) Community Engaged Scholarship and Outreach
Sociology & Social Studies will be offering this graduate course in Winter 2022, open to all graduate students.
Day and Time: Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm, Research and Innovation Centre 209
Community engaged scholarship (CES) is about research, learning, and methods for working in partnership with communities. It builds on learning from community development, the commons, community-based research and social movements. It brings students, organizations and communities together to produce research and action, synthesize existing work and mobilize knowledge creatively. If you have any questions or require assistance with registering in the course, contact Dr. Cindy Hanson directly at [email protected]

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