January 2022: Issue 12
  • FGSR Highlights 
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Scholarships and Funding
  • Student Life
  • Grad Spotlight
  • Congratulations!
  • Open Calls
FGSR Highlights
Temporary shift to remote learning to begin Winter 2022 term

Happy New Year and welcome to Winter term 2022!
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) has paused in-person operations until January 24 in compliance with the University’s temporary shift to remote learning for the health and safety of students, staff and faculty. We will continue to assist you, as usual, and we are currently providing all our services online. Our team is ready to answer your inquiries via email, and at zoom drop-in sessions (see events calendar) or by zoom appointments.

Monday & Wednesday from 1-2 pm (Jan 10, 12, 17, 19): Admissions and registration inquiries
Tuesday from 1-2 pm (Jan 11, 18): Scholarship and student funding inquiries
Thursday from 10-11 am: Immigration and visa inquiries (URI session)
For updated COVID-19 related information, visit the University’s page here
Coffee with the Dean

Every month, FGSR Dean Aziz Douai meets to discuss topics important to graduate student experience. University of Regina President Jeff Keshen will kick off our Winter term sessions as our guest speaker on January 28th discussing student success and experience. Register for the event here
Kickstart Cleantech Entrepreneurship – Information Session
Information session, January 13, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
The FGSR is partnering with Foresight Canada to provide entrepreneurship training to a select group of graduate students at the U of R. 
Students attending this information session will be entered into a draw for five $50 prizes.
Do you have a business idea and want to know how to evaluate it? This program is for you.
We’re looking for green venture innovators, who can make the world more efficient and reduce physical resources in all sectors.
All you need to get started is an idea for a cleantech business, which would make the world more efficient in some way. This program will help you evaluate if your solution fits the problem you are trying to solve.
Selected students will receive coaching from industry experts, valuable mentoring and peer support that will get their ideas on track for commercialization in this four-month structured program, while still being able to continue their studies. The time commitment is only three hours a week. For more details go here
3MT Competition
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an internationally recognized competition for thesis based graduate students in which participants present their work and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less. The event helps graduate students present their research in an accessible and compelling way with the assistance of only one static slide. The 3MT is an excellent opportunity to develop your presentation and communication skills with expert feedback and hands on workshops and training.
3MT Information Session: January 11, 2022 from 10 to 11 am. Online via Zoom, register here today!
Heats will happen March 8 & 9 with the top 8 moving on to the finals on March 22. The winner will receive a $1500 prize and move on to the Western Regional Finals. Runner-up and the People’s Choice winners will receive prizes as well.
We are planning for in-person sessions with the understanding that we may have to go online. It will be a live presentation either way. For more information go here
Professional Development Opportunities
3MT Information Session
January 11, 10 to 11 am Online via Zoom. Details and registration information available here
Presentation & Public Speaking Webinar (CCE)
January 12, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Details and registration information available here
Research Poster Presentations (Library)
January 12, 1:30 to 2:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Kickstart Cleantech Entrepreneurship Info Session (Foresight)
January 13, 12:00 to 1:00 pm Online. Details and registration information are available here

Graduate Writing Workshop (SSC)
January 19, 10:00 to 11:00 am Online. Details and registration information are available here
Presentation Skills Workshop (Dr. Kathryn Ricketts)
January 21, 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Workshop details and registration information available here
Career Networking (ACE)
January 24, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Introduction to NVIVO (Library)
January 25, 10:00 to 11:30 am Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Experiential Learning with MITACS (Research Office)
January 26, 1:00 to 2:00 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Project and Time Management (Mitacs)
January 27, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Coffee with the Dean
January 28, 1:30 to 2:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Mastering the Elevator Pitch (Mitacs)
January 31, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Career Webinars (ACE at U of R)
Job Searching, All Fields: January 18, 5 to 6:15 pm OR January 26, 3 to 4:15 pm
Job Search, Science and Engineering Fields: January 18, 6:30 to 7:45 pm OR January 27, 3 to 4:15 pm
Resumes – Science and Engineering Fields: January 11, 5 to 6:15 pm OR January 27, 3 to 4:15 pm
Resumes – All Fields: January 11, 6:30 to 7:45 pm OR January 27, 1 to 2:15 pm
Interview Prep: January 12, 3 to 4:15 pm OR January 20, 1 to 2:15 pm  
Career Planning & Informed Decision-Making: January 10, 3 to 4:15 OR January 20, 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: susan.mckay@uregina.ca
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:

Margaret McNamara Education Grants – US & Canada – Application deadline Jan 15th
POLAR Scholarships – Application deadlines Jan 31st
Soroptimist Foundation of Canada - Opens for Application Nov 1st. Application deadline Jan 31st
Mackenzie King Open Scholarship - Application deadline Feb 1st
Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarships - Application deadline Feb 1st
Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarships – Application deadline Feb 14th
Winter GAP Competition – Opens Feb 1st for applications with a deadline of Feb 28th
GAP How to Apply Session – Feb 9th at 1:30pm via Zoom
Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship - Application deadline Feb 28th
Queen Elizabeth II Centennial Aboriginal Scholarship - Application deadline Feb 28th

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

Orientation Session with new Graduate Students

On Tuesday, January 4th, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the University of Regina hosted Orientation activities and welcomed all new graduate students starting their programs. Best wishes on this semester, and we look forward to being part of it with you! To view the recording of this session, go here

GTEC Orientation Session

On Thursday, January 6th, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) hosted the Orientation session for the Graduate Teaching Enhancement Certificate (GTEC)
Grad Spotlight: New FGSR Associate Deans

We are pleased to welcome our two new Associate Deans Dr. Chris Oriet and Dr. Maria Velez:
Dr. Chris Oriet
Associate Dean, Planning and Programs
Chris Oriet is delighted to join FGSR as Associate Dean (Planning and Programs). A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Oriet is proud to have called the Regina home since joining the Department of Psychology in 2005. Prior to joining FGSR, Dr. Oriet served 15 years as the coordinator of the Experimental and Applied Psychology graduate program. With his team of graduate and undergraduate students, Dr. Oriet's NSERC-funded research on attention, perception, and memory examines the process of how faces are learned, recognized, and remembered. Dr. Oriet is excited to work with the more than 2000 graduate students who have chosen the University of Regina to advance their education, and with the outstanding team at FGSR who works tirelessly in support of our students. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Oriet as you progress through your graduate school experience through e-mail chris.oriet@uregina.ca or by visiting one of our FGSR drop ins
Dr. Maria Velez
Associate Dean, Graduate Engagement

Maria I Velez is a Professor in the Department of Geology. She received her BSc in Geology from EAFIT University in her home town of Medellin Colombia. She then obtained a Masters of Research from University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D, in Quaternary Studies from the Department of Biology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She joined the UofR in 2006.
Her research centres on the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstruction of ancient environments, to understand the impact of natural (climatic) and human forces on aquatic ecosystems. Maria works mainly on the Holocene, but she is also interested in environmental change in the Late Cretaceous.

Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Velez via e-mail maria.velez@uregina.ca or by visiting one of our FGSR drop-in sessions on Wednesdays.
If you would like to be featured or if you know someone who should be featured in the Grad Spotlight, email us at grad.engagement@uregina.ca
Please join us in congratulating fellow graduate students who have successfully defended their PhD dissertations:
Di Lu in Mathematics
Thesis title: Further Study of Some Iterative Methods for the Matrix Pth Root
Supervisor: Dr. Chun-Hua Guo
Erin Marquise Harris in Kinesiology & Health Studies
Thesis title: Self-compassion, Psychological Flexibility, Hardiness, and a Hint of Harmonious Passion: The Recipe for building Athletes Adaptable to the Stress of Sport Related Injury
Supervisor: Dr. Kim Dorsch
Heba Ali Fraij in Process Systems Engineering
Thesis title: Evaluating and Optimizing the Performance of Single and Blended Amines Based on Their Chemical Structures for CO2 Capture from Industrial Gas Streams
Supervisor: Dr. Raphael Idem
Jung Yang in Petroleum Systems Engineering
Thesis title: Modelling and Experimental Investigation of Foam Displacement in Pore Networks
Supervisor: Dr. Fanhua Zeng
Kailong Li in Environmental Systems Engineering
Thesis title: Statistical-Based Hydrological Simulation and Inference
Supervisor: Dr. Guo H. Huang
Karen Louise Juckes in Education
Thesis title: Entanglements of Pediatric Pain Practices in an Acute Care Setting: Critical Participatory Action Research with Student Co-Researchers in an Interprofessional Education Context
Supervisors: Dr. Paul Hart and Dr. Ann-Marie Urban
Paul Roberto Martins de Andrade in Computer Science
Thesis title: A Risk Management Framework to Increase Success of IT Projects
Supervisor: Dr. Samira Sadaoui
Xiaolong Peng in Petroleum Systems Engineering
Thesis title: Pore-Scale Inhibition Studies for Tight Rock Systems
Supervisor: Dr. Chun-Hua Guo
Yizong Zhang in Petroleum Systems Engineering
Thesis title: Study on the Binary Interactions between Gas, Brine and Reservoir Porous Media
Supervisor: Dr. Fanhua Zeng
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 fdargah@mitacs.ca

We Are Connected: Indigenous Climate Action in Americas
January 11, 10:30 am. CB 112 – Zoom. Instructor: Paulina Larreategui.
Climate change, along with other economic and social factors, bring particular challenges to vulnerable groups, such as Indigenous peoples. From the environmental justice perspective, the objective of this presentation is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to explore Indigenous climate initiatives tackling the current crisis in the Americas. On the other, given that we all have a role in the fight against climate change, it provides the ground to discuss potential ways to support these actions. For information about LLC courses and registration call Student Services Office at 306-585-5748
Discourses of Clothing for Women & Sport, KHS Research Seminar
January 12, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 962 8358 0636
Building an Equitable Canadian Science System
January 13, 12 to 1 pm. Online via Zoom. Presented by Dr. Kyle Bobiwash
Evidence-based decision-making has long been a challenge throughout the history of society. Over time knowledge systems have developed to meet the needs, desires and aspirations of societies. Understanding the variety of components that go into knowledge system delineation is important to drive innovation and equity in how we manage ourselves and the fellow inhabitants of our planet. Ecological research can serve as a reparational opportunity while simultaneously improving our understanding of reciprocal links and responsibility to the ecosystems we inhabit. Register here

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