March 2023: Issue 26

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

FGSR Highlights

Join us at Darke Hall at 5:30 p.m. on March 28 for the University of Regina's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Finals, which will showcase and celebrate research happening at the U of R. This event will feature eight graduate student finalists who will projects in an accessible and compelling way in three minutes or less — with the assistance of just one static slide!

It's a fantastic opportunity for them to share what they've been working on and for the community to learn more about the scholarship of our institution. Check out the U of R's 3MT web page for more details.

Coffee with the Dean

Every month, FGSR Dean Dr. Aziz Douai meets graduate students to discuss issues important to graduate student success. The March Coffee with the Dean meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 28 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and will feature the Interdisciplinary Series for Professional Intellectual and Research Engagement (INSPIRE) group. Student researchers from that group will be holding lightning talks that highlight their research and their research success. All are welcome so please come join us in CK 226; we will have coffee, tea and donuts. Register here.

Grad Night at the Owl

Grad Night is your chance to take a break and talk to your colleagues. You now have the choice between free nachos, free veggie platter or free falafel bites. Come join us at the Owl on Thursday, March 9 from 4-6 p.m.

Call for Outstanding Supervisor Nominations

Do you have a great supervisor? The Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a record of excellent mentorship and supervision of graduate students at the University of Regina. The winner will be nominated for the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship. The nomination deadline has been extended until April 30. Consider nominating your supervisor!

Thesis Submission & Convocation Deadlines

Thesis submission deadline: The Winter term Master’s thesis submission deadline is March 10, 2023.

Convocation: The 2023 Fall (October) Convocation application deadline is July 31, 2023.

For more information about applying to graduate email:

Professional Development Opportunities

iGPS & Grad Community Workshops

Creating a data Management plan - Thursday, March 2 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to R for Data Analysis (part 1) - Wednesday, March 8 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to R for Data Analysis (part 2) - Wednesday, March 22 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Research Data Management: Data Deposit - Thursday, March 29 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Teaching Development III - Thursday, March 2 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Grad Night at the Owl - Thursday, March 9 from 4-6 p.m.

Coffee with the Dean - Tuesday, March 28 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Associate Deans Office Hours – Every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m.

Thesis Thursday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m.

Thesis Thursday, March 9 from 2-4 p.m.

Thesis Thursday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m.

Thesis Thursday, March 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Thesis Thursday, March 30 from 2-4 p.m.

Mitacs EDGE Training

Education, Development, Growth, Engagement (EDGE) by Mitacs Training offers professional training to complement your education and enhance your research experience by providing you with skills that are in-demand from today’s workforce. 

The following workshops are available:

  • Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building
  • Building your project network map
  • Framing your project in a masterful presentation
  • Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project
  • Mastering the elevator pitch
  • Project and time management
  • Refined project communication plan

To register, students need to create an account or log in on EDGE. For any questions, please contact us at 

Ongoing Supports & Services

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

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

Career Education:


Scholarships and Funding

NEW OPPORTUNITY: L'Oréal Canada Fellowship

The University of Regina is running an internal competition for the L'Oréal Canada Fellowship. This one-year, post-doctoral fellowship worth $20,000 can be held by a female student (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident) in STEM who will be pursuing post-doctoral studies at a recognized Canadian University. If you are a student about to complete your program or currently involved in post-doctoral research at the U of R you may be eligible.

Applications require a completed internal application form, two reference letters and a letter from the supporting institution. Interested post-docs should send their completed internal application form and two reference letters to no later than April 3. The top two applicants will receive the U of R's letter of support and feedback on how to improve their application before submitting to the main award portal by April 18.

The FGSR scholarship team will also be holding an information session on March 7 at 10 a.m. Register 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 and every link to find what you are fully eligible for.

Culture and Diversity Calendar

Culturally significant dates and celebrations include: 

1 – Zero Discrimination Day

8 – International Women’s and United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace

18 – Holi (Hinduism)

15 – International Day to Combat Islamophobia

20 – International Day of Happiness

21 – Baha’i New Year (Baha’i)

21 – International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 – World Down Syndrome Day

22 – Ramadan begins (Islam)

31 – Trans Day of Visibility

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

FGSR celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at Coffee with the Dean on Feb 17. The event featured members of U of R Women in Science and Engineering (URWISE) and the U of R Women's Centre. The conversation was about growth toward gender equity and equality as well as resources for women at the University.

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 Spotlight

MFA glimpse exhibition

MFA students (from left) Brenda Watt, Hooria Rajabzadeh, Shima Aghaaminiha, Rozhin Tayaraniyousefabadi, Nicole Banton and Amin Malakootikhah are pictured at the Fifth Parallel Gallery, where their exhibition, glimpse, ran Feb. 20-March 3.

Credit: Hamza Zouaghi/FGSR


Please join us in congratulating fellow graduate students who have successfully defended their PhD dissertations from January 15 – February 14

Liquan Zhao, PhD in Computer Science

Thesis title: A theory of spatial granular computing

Supervisor: Dr Yiyu Yao, Department of Computer Science

Emily Nicole Boughner, PhD in Clincal Psychology

Thesis title: Institutional betrayal and trauma in child welfare workers in Western Canada

Supervisor: Dr Bridget Klest, Department of Psychology

Open Calls

Cultural Creativity Session at the ta-tawâw Centre

Please come out to the ta-tawâw Student Centre (RIC 108) to learn some Indigenous bead-work skills and create some simple projects (or more advanced if you wish). We will provide instructions and materials for you. The Cultural Creativity sessions run each Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and Friday from 1-4 p.m., with our instructor Connie Mussell.

Breath, Sound, Silence (meditation/relaxation sessions)

U of R Humanities Research Institute Guest Scholar Stacey Bliss holds meditation/relaxation sessions on Tuesday evenings from 9-9:30 p.m. During these 30-minute sessions, which will continue until April 11, there participants meditate on their breath or a focal point, enjoy soundscapes and then conclude with silence. These sessions are free for students, sessional instructors and folks with limited income. Once you register here, you'll receive a confirmation email with the zoom link.

What are Universities For? Exploring roles, challenges, conflicting tensions, and promising re-imaginings

There are 10 free spots for graduate students to attend this symposium May 4, 5 & 6. Beyond that, the registration fee is $325, with opportunities for sessional and graduate student subsidies, & includes breakfast, lunch & dinner each day). Registration is hard-capped at 180. There will be a free pre-symposium panel May 3 at Darke Hall, capped at 450. This session is hosted by President Jeff Keshen and will be moderated by the award-winning journalist, Nahlah Ayed and recorded for CBC IDEAS. Registration information for both events can be found 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. For more information, please contact Fatima Dargah at

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