July 2022: Issue 18

  • FGSR Highlights 
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Scholarships and Funding
  • Student Life
  • Culture and Diversity Calendar
  • Grad Spotlight
  • Congratulations!
  • Open Calls

FGSR Highlights

All Graduates

We would like to take the time to celebrate and congratulate all of the students who graduated from the University of Regina last month. You have all completed a major achievement and should be immensely proud. All of you have worked incredibly hard over the past several years to be where you are today, have put in the long hours and, sleepless nights, and have overcome personal challenges, all this in addition to a pandemic. For that you should be proud.

Upcoming Event: Undergraduate Research Day

Over the summer, we have been running a support program for Undergraduate Researchers. This program consists of a cohort of more than 40 undergraduates who have been hired to do exciting research on a range of topics in Science, Kinesiology and Health Studies and Arts. A poster and presentation sessions will be held on August 18. Graduate student and postdocs are invited to serve as mentors during this event. If you are interested contact grad.engagement@uregina.ca.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development from Mitacs EDGE Training

Education, Development, Growth, Engagement (EDGE) by Mitacs Training offers courses that complement your education and enhance your research experience by providing you with skills that are in-demand from today’s workforce. To register, students need to create an account or log in on EDGE. For any questions, please contact us at training@mitacs.ca

IMPORTANT: Not all of these facilitated sessions are in Saskatchewan time so plan accordingly


Leadership Skills             

High performing leadership and teams – Self-paced Pre-work

Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building

July 4, 2022, 2:00pm - 4:30pm MDT Register here

July 20, 2022, 2:00pm - 4:30pm EDT Register here

Networking Skills

Advance your reach – Self-paced Pre-work

Building your project network map

July 7, 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm CDT Register here

July 12, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT Register here

Project and Time Management

Spur up your project and time management – Self-paced Pre-work

Project and time management - July 8, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Register here

Reconciliation and EDI 

Fostering a culture of reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion – Self-paced Pre-work

Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project

July 11, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT Register here

July 28, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:30pm EDT Register here

Project and Time Management

Spur up your project and time management – Self-paced Pre-work

Project and time management

July 13, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT, Register here

July 26, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT Register here

Communication Skills   

Enhance your communication skills – Self-paced Pre-work

Refined project communication plan

July 14, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT Register here

July 27, 2022 -10:00am - 12:00pm EDT Register here

Career Planning              

Boost your career – Self-paced Pre-work

Mastering the elevator pitch

July 20, 2022, 11:00am - 2:00pm ADT Register here

July 27, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT Register here

Writing and Presentation Skills

Refine your writing and presentation skills – Self-paced Pre-work

Framing your project in a masterful presentation

July 22, 2022, 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT Register here

July 29, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT Register here

Library Workshops

Anti-Oppression Book Club

Date: July 14

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Zoom

Register here


Fake News: Evaluating Information

Date: July 15

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Register here


Discover YoUR Library

Date: July 18

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Zoom

Register here

U of R Career Webinars - July Schedule & Registration (Zoom)

Job Search, Resumes, Interviews, Educational/Career Planning - For U of R Students, Staff and Alumni

Seeking summer, part-time or full-time work? Re-evaluating your educational/career direction? Get inspired! See the schedule below for free career webinars offered via Zoom.

After your registration has been processed, check your email with a unique Zoom link for joining the meeting. Each session is tailored to questions of the attendees.


Job Searching - Summer, Part-Time & Full-Time - All Fields

 For more opportunities, use a variety of strategies, skills and resources to find employment of interest.

 (e.g., arts, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, kinesiology, sciences, social science)

 Thurs., July 7, 1:00-2:15 pm register here

Wed., July 13, 3:00-4:15 pm register here

Tues., July 19, 3:00-4:15 pm register here


Customizing Resumes - All Fields

For more interviews, tailor each resume to best highlight your relevant learning, knowledge, skills and experience-- academic, volunteer and employment.

Tues., July 5, 3:00-4:15 pm register here

Tues., July 26, 1:00-2:15 pm register here


Interview Prep

For more offers, strengthen interview strategies and skills:

Tues., July 12, 1:00-2:15 pm register here

Wed., July 27, 3:00-4:15 pm register here


Career Planning & Informed Decision Making

Wed., July 20, 3:00-4:15 pm register here

Ongoing Supports & Services

Immigration and Visa inquiries (in partnership with UR International): Thursdays from 10-11 AM. Zoom meeting link here

Advising and Career Education (ACE) / Centre for Experiential and Service Learning (CESL)

Career Education: student.employment@uregina.ca

Website: www.uregina.ca/careercentre

Scholarships and Funding

Indigenous Scholarships

Our Indigenous Scholarships Page is now available! Indigenous Students find scholarships easily that they might be eligible for. The page can be found here.

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 link to find what you are fully eligible for.

Student Life


Summer is finally here! Whether you’re in the lab, the library, doing field research, or simply relaxing on the beach, we hope you make the most of the beautiful weather and clear skies.

For those of you who are experiencing your first Regina summer, make sure that you take advantage of all that the city and surrounding area have to offer. We have beautiful parks (like the one that the University of Regina is situated in), hiking trails, and much more. Later in the summer the Queen City Exhibition will be coming so make sure you keep an eye out for dates.

Culture and Diversity Calendar

1 – Canada Day

11 – World Population Day

18 – Nelson Mandela Day

9 to 13 Eid al Adha - Sacrifice Day * - Islam

13 – Guru Purnima (Jainism, Buddism)

13 – Asalha Puja Day (Dharma Day) (Buddhism)

29 to 30 – Al-Hijra New Year (Islam)

30 – International Day of Friendship

For more information on other culturally significant days, please visit FGSR Diversity Calendar.


This Canada Day is a day both to celebrate and to reflect. Looking back in order to move forward and build a better tomorrow, together. There will be much to see and do this Canada Day, with events and shows planned throughout the city. There will be a pancake breakfast, live music and dancing, storytelling, and fireworks, among many other events. For a full rundown of all that will be happening, you can look here.

Recognized by the United Nations in 2010, Nelson Mandela Day on July 18th is celebrated on Mandela’s birthday as a day to recognize his commitment to race relations, conflict resolution, human rights, and reconciliation. To find out more about this day, or Nelson Mandela himself, you can look here.

If there is an event, celebration, or milestone you would like to see highlighted in upcoming issues of the Grad Digest, please let us know! You can contact us via email: grad.engagement@uregina.ca

Grad Spotlight

Governor General Gold and Silver Medals

Congratulations to the winners of the Governor General Gold and Silver Medals! The Academic Silver Medal is awarded at the Spring Convocation ceremony to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a Bachelor degree program. This year, the award was presented to Kendra Lemieux, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Psychology with Great Distinction and an average of 94.14.

The Academic Gold Medal is awarded at the Spring Convocation ceremony to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in either a Master's or Doctoral program. The Gold Medal was awarded to Dr. Safa Bakjeet Alsafari, who has earned their Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science. Dr. Alsafari’s doctoral dissertation focused on developing new and effective models for detecting offensive and hate speech on Arabic social media.


Please join us in congratulating fellow graduate students who have successfully defended their PhD dissertations: 

Marziyeh Kamali, Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Systems Engineering

Thesis Title: Fabrication of microcapsules embedding phase change materials (PCMS) via needle-based microfluidic system: An innovative approach to produce microparticles applicable in enhanced oil recovery

Supervisor: Dr Farshid Torabi, Department of Petroleum Systems Engineering

Open Calls

Settler Colonialism in Canada Symposium

Open call for applications for two graduate student positions to work on a SSHRC-funded project surrounding settler colonialism. You can find more details on the webpage here or the poster below.

The Geological Survey of Canada

Geological Survey of Canada has just started a recruitment campaign to hire up to 12 new Research Scientists to support our growing research program on Critical Minerals. The links to the English and French posters are below – many of these positions will be based in Ottawa, but the intent is to hire some RESs who could also be located in other GSC offices across the country. The closing date is 22 August 2022. for more information, please visit: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1791892&toggleLanguage=en

Research and Training for Global Challenges

Ca' Foscari's “G@V - Research and Training for Global Challenges” Co-fund Fellowship Programme, is a 60-month project launched by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and jointly funded by the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND is seeking applicants. The project aims to strengthen high-profile researchers’ capacities through collaboration with Ca' Foscari's Institute for Global Challenges -- a trans-disciplinary centre where thematic groups develop advanced research to face current and future global challenges -- in order to provide Europe and the world with a pool of researchers capable of bridging the gap between academic and applied research, and between research and the market.Applicants are requested to submit their own research proposal in connection with one of Ca' Foscari's six multidisciplinary Research for Global Challenges Institutes (RGCI), selecting the one best suited to support their individual research and training needs.

Anyone interested in the fellowships can register to attend an information webinar that will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 3pm (Rome - CEST). For further information, please write directly to globalvenice@unive.it.

Seeds for Change

SEEDS for Change, in partnership with Global Classrooms and the Dept. of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto, invite you to join the political pedagogical summer series on Anti-Discriminatory Education for six weeks. This is part of the Learning Without Borders and Teaching Beyond the Binary initiatives anchored in ancestral knowledge and pedagogies of the land. Anyone who is interested in learning what anti-discrimination looks like through a decolonizing approach beyond the stagnated piles of theories sitting on desks without going nowhere.

Online participants from the global community

When: Every Thursday (July 7th - August 11th)

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST Canada

To register click here

Mitacs, Open Projects Request for Graduate 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 and 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

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