2017-18 GSA Election Executive Candidates

Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of nominated candidates for the 2017-18 GSA Executive. The campaigning period for these candidates will run from today (Tuesday, March 21st) until Tuesday, March 28th at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place via UR Self-Serve between Wednesday, March 29th at 12 pm (noon) and Friday, March 31st at 12 pm (noon). Details on voting will be sent out closer to the voting days.

Please visit the Election portion of our website to view more information and to read the candidate profiles.

Co-presidents: Amir Zafar and Khaleel Soomro

VP Academic
Linda Ezenweichu

VP Communications
Wayne Wu

VP Finance
Todd Blyth
Funmilayo Gbadebo

VP International
Imran Ahamed
Hamzea Aljabouri
Priyanka Roy
Kerry-Ann Sitcheron

VP Student Affairs
Katherine Mazenc

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2016/17 GSA Exec & Shawn Robinson (Chief Returning Officer)


Three Minute Thesis FINALISTS

Thank you to everyone who participated and who came out to support our Three Minute Thesis qualifying heat participants last week. We are happy to announce our eight finalists who will be participating in the Finale event on March 29th at the Shu-Box Theatre.

Our 2017 University of Regina Three Minute Thesis Finalists are:

*drum roll please*

Claire Freeman – Department of Biology
Elisabeth Fortier – Department of Kinesiology
Harrison Otis – Department of English
Katherine Mazenc – Department of Psychology
Luba Kozak – Faculty of Media, Art, and
Megan St. Hilaire – Department of Social Work
Phil Rose – Department of Biology
Y. Nichole Faller – Department of Psychology

All graduate students and members of the community are welcome to attend the Finale event.

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shu-Box Theatre

A celebratory reception will be held at the event where food and drinks will be served. 

The entire event is FREE!

2017 GSA Poster Competition

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants as well as all of the grad students who stopped by our Poster Competition yesterday. It was amazing to get a glimpse of research that is completed by graduate students across the different Faculties and Departments within the University.

A big congratulations to our FOUR winners:

First Place - Elisabeth Fortier, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Department of Kinesiology

Second Place - Nathalie Owl, Faculty of Education, Department of Education

Third Place (tie) - Gabriel Foley, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology AND Akram Kangourimollahajlou, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology and Social Studies

Thank you to everyone for making this day a huge success!

Pictured (L to R): Dev (Research Conference Chair), Natasha (GSA President), Elisabeth (first place), Nathalie (second place), Akram and Gabriel (third place). Photo Credit: R. Khanam

2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

 If you have been waiting to hear about our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, the wait is now over!

The 3MT competition is an amazing competition held in universities around the world. For this competition, participants are challenged with the task of condensing their research into a three minute time frame. For those who have never participated in a 3MT before, it’s a great opportunity to come up with an “elevator speech” on your research, which may come in very handy! We welcome grad students at all stages in their research, so even if you are just starting out, please give it a shot!

This year the U of R 3MT conference is going to have two workshops, three heats, and a finale. Registration is now open! Be sure to register early as only 20 participants are able to register for a given heat session. The deadline to register is Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

All of the details on the competition (registration, eligibility, rules, etc.) can be found under the 3MT Conference tab at the top of our website.

Changes to the GSA Travel Award

Students asked, the GSA answered!

We are happy to announce that after working alongside FGSR and Donor Relations, effective immediately, the GSA Travel Award will now be open for competition TWICE A YEAR. Deadlines for the award are November 30, and May 15. Each round, there will be 5 awards available up to $500.

For details on the award, please read the application form. To apply, fill out the application form and submit before the deadline!

The application form can be found on the Graduate Studies website under FORMS or on the GSA website (

Kickoff BBQ Social a Success!!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who was able to attend todays BBQ social. We've estimated that about 300 grad students were able to attend. That is DOUBLE what we estimated, and was 4x the attendance that we had at our last social. Thank you for being patient, and we look forward to our next event!

A special thank you to the staff at the Owl for helping us out, and for assisting when we had more students arrive than we could have ever imagined.


September Events and New Office/Lounge!!!

As summer is winding down, it is time to look forward to what is to come in September! The Exec have been working hard all summer to plan socials and other events for the upcoming school year for you all!

As many of you have noticed, we have been moved out of our RIC office. We have finally gained access to our new home in Campion (room 121). It's still "under construction" but we will have the room up and running for the students to use at the start of the next semester. This new space has 2 separate rooms as well as a large lounge area. We look forward to showing you this new space!

If anyone is looking for ways to become involved in the GSA this year, we are setting up a few committees for which we would like some members from the student body. These committees include:

Constitution and By-Laws Committee – aid executive members in revamping and updating the GSA constitution and by-laws

Research and Conference Committee – assisting the research conference chair in organizing the 3MT conference and associated events

Social Committee – assisting executive members in organizing social events for the graduate students

If you are interested in joining or learning more about these committees, please send an email to

Lastly, although the first month back to school always goes by in the blink of an eye, we hope that you will be able to stop by a few of our events and say hello (and eat free food!!!).


You may have noticed over the summer that we have been moved out of our RIC office. We have finally gained access to our new home in Campion (room 121). It's still "under construction" but we will have the room up and running for the students to use at the start of the next semester. This new space has 2 separate rooms as well as a large lounge area. We look forward to showing you this new space! Keep tabs on our Facebook events and e-mails to learn about our room warming social in early September.


We are happy to announce that both Rubina (VP Academic) and Natasha (President) were successful in being elected, with more "yes" response vs. "no."

Thank you to those who took some time from their day to vote in the by-election. If you missed your opportunity to run for an executive position, please look forward to submitting your candidacy for the GSA 2017-18 General Election in late winter.


URGSA 2016-17 By-Election VOTING

Hi Everyone,

The voting will be LIVE on UR Self Serve for the 2016-17 GSA By-Election starting at 9 am TODAY. The vote will include an election for our VP Academic candidate Rubina Khanam, as well as a referendum to confirm our acting President Natasha Gallant as President Elect.

Voting will run from 9 am on Tuesday July 26th until 11:59 pm on Wednesday July 27th.

If you wish to read more about the candidates prior to voting, please click here to take a look at their submitted candidate profiles.


GSA Exec.

URGSA 2016-17 By-Election UPDATE

The nomination period for the by-election is now closed and campaigning has now begun. Please click here for the candidate profiles to gain more information on the nominees.
Voting via U of R Self-Serve will start 9am on Tuesday July 26th to 11:59pm Thursday July 27th. 

The vote will also include a referendum to confirm our acting president, Natasha Louise Gallant, as President. The GSA executive members believe that Natasha will be an effective leader and we recommend that the student body confirm her as President Elect.

URGSA 2016-17 By-Election

The URGSA Executive have decided to hold a by-election for outstanding Executive positions that were not filled during the general election. We are now accepting nominations for:

-       VP Academic,

-       VP Social and Education Programming, and

-       Member at Large


If you are interested in running in one of these positions, please submit a nomination package before midnight on Tuesday July 12th.

Campaigning will run from Wednesday July 13th at 9:00 am, to Monday July 25th at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place via UR Self-Serve between 9:00 am on Tuesday July 26th and 11:59 pm Thursday July 27th.

If you have any questions about the election process or the positions that are available, please feel free to email us at

Click here to see the Nomination Package.

Click here to see a description of the positions.

2016-2017 URGSA Executive

Hi Everyone,
Below are your 2016-2017 URGSA Executive. Everyone was confirmed with more 'yes'es than 'no's and 'abstain's combined. The new executive as of May 1, 2016 will be:

VP Student Affairs - Firuz Philip
VP Communications - Kelsey Marchand
VP Finance - Khaleel Soomro
Research Conference Chair - Devjyoti Nath
VP International - Aamir Sohail
VP Academic - Natasha Gallant
Member at Large - Aurpa Nath

The official voting results can be read here. Congratulations to next year's executive, and thanks to everyone who voted!

University of Regina 2015 - 2016 Budget

The University of Regina Board Of Governors recently approved the 2015-2016 budget with an additional $550,000 of funding available for PhD students. This a significant increase in available funding to graduate students and the URGSA hopes to see future budgets continue this trend of prioritizing support for graduate studies. The URGSA Executive would like to acknowledge and thank the Board of Governors, Council Budget Committee, Executive Leadership Team, and the President of University of Regina for supporting increased funding for graduate students.

URGSA 2015/2016 Election Results

Hey All.  

I am happy to announce next years executive team for the GSA:

VP Academic – Jessica Butt
VP Finance – Tom Morgan
VP Student Affairs – Showket Islam
VP Social and Education Programming – Roman Matviichuk
VP Communications – Shelby Bohn
Research Conference Chair – Ramy Saadeldin
Member at Large – James Dickenson 

Thanks to everyone who voted and good luck to the incoming GSA executive!