2015-16 URGSA Candidates

March 19th 2015

The 2015-2016 URGSA exec is starting to take shape.  We received nominations for seven positions ( VP Academic, VP Finance, VP Student Affairs, VP Social, VP Communications, Research Conference Chair, and Member at large).  For each position there was only one person nominated so the upcoming election March 20th- 27th will be a confidence vote.  Before you vote feel free to check out the candidates profiles here 

Heather Haig

VP Communications 

URGSA Elections - Call for Nominations now open!

Dear Graduate Students,

It is that time of year already! We need to elect a new URGSA Executive for the 2015-2016 term. The nomination package can be downloaded  here. All of the positions are open for election and details on their roles and responsibilities can be found in the constitution. Please feel free to contact the current Executive for details on the roles and responsibilities if you are considering being nominated or come to our AGM on March 5th for more details. All dates are outlined in the nominating document with nomination period ending on Sunday March 8th at 11:59 PM. 

I would also like to encourage students to run for University Senate and Council positions through the URSU General Election that should be announced soon at These are great opportunities for students to get involved with their university community. There is also the benefit of acquiring experience in committee work and fulfilling leadership and volunteer activity requirements for scholarships and competitive CVs. 

We have all worked hard this year to develop a strong foundation for the organization to build on for years to come. However, there is still much work to be done! The current URGSA Executive is committed to ensuring a smooth transition by making sure the incoming Executive members are  well informed on the operations and on-going projects and concerns of the URGSA so that they can hit the ground running for the next year.


Derek Smith

URGSA Co-President

3MT Conference - Reminder - March 21st, 2015

The deadline to apply to participate in the University of Regina's first ever 3-Minute Thesis conference is February 1st, 2015!

The University of Regina Graduate Students Association is pleased to announce the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Conference, taking place on March 21st, 2015 at the University of Regina.

PhD, Master's, and undergraduate honours students are encouraged to present their thesis research in three minutes or less. If you can communicate your topic in a way which is engaging and understandable to non-experts, you could have a chance to win one of three cash prizes and a chance to represent University of Regina graduate students at the regional competition.

Visit the following page for more information or to apply to present at the 3MT:

Apply today and you could win a scholarship worth up to $1500 for presenting your research!

Paul Preston

3MT Conference Chair


Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - Consultations

Hello Graduate Students,

The University of Regina is near finalizing its strategic plan for 2015-2020, with a draft plan viewable at the strategic plan website. 

Student Success has been identified as a core priority with decreasing completion time as one indicator of fulfilling this objective.I proposed 3 questions to start a discussion so that graduate students may provide input on this objective and the metrics being used to determine if this priority is being addressed. 

The Strategic Planning Facilitation Team was gracious enough to provide a forum for this discussion.I encourage you to visit the YOURblog to reply to the thread with your thoughts and opinions on the topic and the questions posed. 

Additionally, you can provide comments and opinions to the Facilitation Team in person at a Town Hall forum. This event is being held Monday September 29th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM in Language Institute 215. I encourage you all to provide your valuable feedback.


Derek Smith 

URGSA Co-President