GSA Annual General Meeting

Thanks to all who attended our AGM today! We were able to meet quorum with 53 graduate students in attendance. As such, we were able to vote on motions that were brought forward.

Motion 1: passed

Establish a partnership between GSA and UR pride

Motion 2: passed

Collaboration with commercial or non-commercial vendors to provide food for Lactose Intolerant students.

Motion 3: passed

Expansion of graduate student offices

Motion 4: passed

Setting up Lighting and Security camera systems in dark areas and in labs with expensive equipment


GSA Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted during our General Election!

The new executive as of May 1, 2018 will be:

President: Vishal Rajput
VP Academic Affairs: Raghavi Kemala Rajakumar
VP External Relations: Yassine El Bahlouli
VP Student Life: Katherine Mazenc
VP Finance: Amaliya Princy Mohan 

For more details, please visit:

University of Regina Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.  Students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or "dumbing-down" research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 

At the U of R, 3MT is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills.  

  • First Prize: $1500 scholarship, and opportunity to represent U of R at the Western Regional Competition (travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid),
  • Second Prize: $1000 scholarship,
  • Third Prize: $500 scholarship

This year, the final will be in March, 2018

2018-19 GSA Election

Below is a list of nominated candidates for the 2018-19 GSA Executive. The campaigning period for these candidates will run from today (Tuesday, February 13) until Monday, February 26 at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place via UR Self-Serve between Tuesday, February  27 at 12 am (night between Monday and Tuesday) and Monday, March 2 at 11:59 pm. 

To view the profiles of the nominated candidates, please visit our webpage:
Candidate Booklet:

Vishal Rajput

VP Academic Affairs
Raghavi Kemala Rajakumar

VP External Relations
Yassine El Bahlouli

VP Student Life
Katherine Mazenc
Muhammad Noman Sharif

VP Finance
Amaliya Princy Mohan

The incoming executives will be operating under the new constitution that was ratified by the membership in 2017:

Congress 2018 - funding opportunity

The University of Regina is hosting the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences from May 26-June 1. In order to help with the costs of attending, the President's office is offering 100 awards of up to $200 to University of Regina graduate students who will present a paper, poster, or creative work at Congress. For award eligibility and instructions for applying, please visit:

Applications are evaluated on a first come, first served basis, and will close on February 28th, 2018.

Be a part of Canada's largest gathering of social scientists and humanities scholars!

GSA Poster Competition

Presenting research is always a great opportunity for personal and professional development. To this end, the URGSA Execs have organized the Fall 2017 Poster Competition on November 6th 2017. This event will allow students who submit abstracts, to prepare and present their research in a visual format. All students will be evaluated, and this feedback will assist them in preparing for future postercompetitions. If you are new to conferences, poster presentations are a great first step as viewers will walk around reading all the different posters, and ask the presenters questions about the poster.

The competition date and time will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

GSA Coffee Social

Welcome back to campus from holidays, or if you are new, welcome to the University of Regina!

The GSA Executive will be hosting a coffee social to welcome everyone to the Fall semester. It will be held this Wednesday September 6th from 10 am to 1 pm in the GSA Room (Campion 121). Please stop by to meet a few of the Executives, as well as fill up your coffee mugs with coffee or juice, and eat your fill of assorted muffins!

We hope you will all be able to make it!

Travel Award

Have some cool research and want to show them to the world? Want to attend conferences in other cities and build your connections? Don't forget to apply for the travel award on the newest GAP portal (link attached).

We know travel can be expensive, so this year, we've increased the domestic travel award to $750 (instead of $500) and international travel award to $1250.

2017 GSA Summer Pizza Social

Come join the 2017-18 GSA Executive for some FREE PIZZA at The Owl! It will be a chance for all of you to meet the new exec, mingle with fellow grad students, and share your ideas of what you wish to see from the GSA.

What: Pizza Social (Vegetarian and halal options will be available.)

When: Tuesday June 20th 11:30-1:30

Where: The Owl

So come on out and enjoy some free food, meet other students, and take a few moments to refuel and recharge. We hope to see you there!

If you're coming please let us know by clicking "going" on the facebook event page:

If you want to make sure you don't miss a GSA event again, please subscribe to our events on Facebook! 

Notice of AGM and Call For Motions

The 2017 Annual General Meeting is coming up quickly!

Date: Thursday April 13th, 2017
Time: doors open at 11:30 am, meeting from 12 noon – 1 pm
Location: The Owl Multi-purpose Room
Incentive: FREE PIZZA and the opportunity to participate in GSA governance and meet the incoming Executive!

In order to have an effective AGM, we are required to meet quorum, therefore please add the AGM to your calendar and please come on out with all of your graduate student friends.

We are now accepting motions from the graduate student body. The deadline to submit a motion to be presented at the AGM is Thursday April 6th at 11:59 pm to Please include rationale, as well as the proposed motion. Those who submit motions are requested to be at the AGM in order to present the motion and answer questions.

Additionally, over the last year we have been working to update the URGSA Constitution and Bylaws, which, if ratified at the AGM, will take effect May 1, 2018. We have posted the draft Constitution and Bylaws documents on our website. If you have read through the URGSA Constitution and/or the URGSA Bylaws, please take the time to provide us with your feedback by sending an email to by Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm. To provide us with your feedback, identify the specific clause that you are referring to for each document (e.g., Article 2.1; Bylaw 1.4.1) and then provide your written feedback regarding that clause in a clear and concise manner. For example, feedback could be provided in the following manner: “Article 3.3.6—I think there should be a limit to how many terms any member may serve on the executive. Specifically, I don’t think a member should serve more than 2 terms on the executive.”

Downloadable Attachment:

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.

2017-18 GSA Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted during our General Election!

The new executive as of May 1, 2017 will be:

Co-presidents: Amir Zafar and Khaleel Soomro
VP Academic: Linda Ezenweichu
VP Communications: Wayne Wu
VP Finance: Funmilayo Gbadebo
VP International: Kerry-Ann Sitcheron
VP Student Affairs: Katherine Mazenc

Polling Results:

Yes - 118
No - 15
Abstain - 24

VP Academic
Yes - 111
No - 10
Abstain - 38

VP Communications
Yes - 103
No - 10
Abstain - 38

VP Finance
Todd Blyth - 70
Funmilayo Gbadebo - 71

VP International
Imran Ahamed - 30
Hamzea Aljabouri - 13
Priyanka Roy - 33
Kerry-Ann Sitcheron - 55

VP Student Affairs
Yes - 114
No - 6
Abstain - 28

2017-18 GSA Election POLLING OPEN

Voting for the 2017-18 GSA General Election begins TODAY at 12 pm (noon) and will run until Friday March 31st at 12 pm (noon). Voting is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1: Become an informed voter. Please read the candidate profiles on the GSA website:

Step 2: Log in to UR Self Service:

Step 3: Click on the “Graduate Students’ Association General Election 2017” toggle below Student Services.

Candidates are as follows:

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 or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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





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 (