Category: Grad Student Events

University of Regina 3MT® Competition winner

Congratulations to MEd student Whitney Blaisdell on winning the University of Regina 3MT® competition. Along with the recognition, Blaisdell takes home $1500 and she will represent the U of R in the Western Regional 3MT® competition.

The three-minute thesis competition proved to be a “great challenge,” says Blaisdell: “I was surprised at how challenging it was to attempt to describe the importance and current state of play, the research methods I used, the emergent theory, and the implications of the research in three minutes!”

Blaisdell says she benefitted from other aspects of participating in the competition, including the “opportunity not only to share this research on play in an accessible format but also to listen to other students share their fascinating and important research. The finalists had the opportunity to attend a workshop on presenting with Dr. Kathryn Ricketts that was so helpful.”

Overall, Blaisdell says that she has had, “a wonderful experience studying here at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Education with the supervision of Dr. Marc Spooner and the support of Dr. Valerie Triggs and Dr. Patrick Lewis as members of my committee.”

As for the future, along with supporting the offshoots of her current research and doing more research around play, Blaisdell plans to follow her own advice–to play: “I look forward to taking a small break to play and enjoy some warm weather with my family.”

The University of Regina Graduate Student Association (URGSA) described the competition as follows:

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognized competition for thesis-based graduate students in which participants present their scholarly and creative activity and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less. The challenge is to present complex research in an accessible and compelling way with the assistance of only one static slide. Created in 2008 by Dr. Alan Lawson at the University of Queensland, Australia, the 3MT® competition celebrates exciting and innovative graduate student research while promoting communication, public speaking, and storytelling skills. The competition offers an exciting and thought-provoking opportunity for graduate students, pushing them to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. Presenting in a 3MT® competition increases the capacity of graduate students to effectively explain their scholarly and creative activity in a clear and concise manner, and in a language appropriate to a general audience.

URGSA has posted a video of the competition to YouTube:

The importance of indigenous research methodology

Elder Alma Poitras speaking about her research with her daughter Evelyn assisting at the computer

A crowd gathered for the second annual Indigenous Research event, hosted by the Faculty of Education’s Research & Graduate Programs office and First Nations University, Thursday, September 26, as part of the University of Regina’s Indigenous Research Showcase Week. Elder and Master’s student Alma Poitrois shared about her research, taking the audience through several layers of circles, offering a deeper understanding of her Indigenous worldview and a natural curriculum.

Following a break of bannock and tea, a panel moderated by Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly discussed “What is an indigenous research methodology? and Why is it important?” To begin the panel discussion, Dr. Angelina Weenie offered naskwahamākēwin, accompanying the women with song, to honour their courage and process. Dr. Angelina Weenie, Dr. Anna-Leah King, Mary Sasakamoose, and Ida Swan shared their thoughts about indigenous research methodology and its importance from their own experiences and research.  The panel discussion highlighted the importance of ceremony as part of the research,  of language, of engaging with the heart, of mother, of story, and of song and drum.

Standing room only at the 2nd Annual Indigenous Research Event
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, Dr. Twyla Salm
Elder Alma Poitras
Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly moderated the panel
Dr. Angelina Weenie
PhD candidate, Mary Sasakamoose
PhD candidate, Ida Swan
Dr. Anna-Leah King
Tania Gates, Research & Graduate Program Facilitator, at the book display

Annual Indigenous Research in Education

Indigenous Research in Education
Hosted by the Faculty of Education and First Nations University of Canada
Sept 26, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM
ED 228 TPC

naskwahamākēwin: meaning to accompany by song

6:00 – Opening: Elder’s Prayer
6:15 – Master student presentation: Alma Poitras
6:30 – Book Display – Bannock and Tea
6:45 – Panel Discussion: “What is an Indigenous Research Methodology? Why is it Important?”

Featuring: Dr. Angelina Weenie, Dr. Anna-Leah King, Mary Sasakamoose, and Ida Swan

Moderated by Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly

Come When You Can, Leave When You Must….

Welcome back Education graduate students

On Thursday, September 13, Education graduate students attended a Welcome Back event, organized and hosted by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs in Education. Associate Dean, Dr. Twyla Salm and Program Advisor Linda Jiang greeted students, and several faculty members attended as well. Attendee names were entered and drawn for door prizes, which were given out throughout the evening. A lovely display of food and drinks were served.

Student gatherings

Wednesday, November 8 was a busy night for the Faculty of Education. Education Students’ Society organized a Bowling night for students, faculty, and staff. The event was well attended and pizza well enjoyed. Graduate students held a potluck and students attended from as far away as Nunavut (NTEP)!  TEP (Teacher Education Program) graduate students were here for a TEP Indigenous Knowledge Exchange.

Student Gatherings Fall 2017To view the photo album, place cursor over the photo and click on arrow.

New Issue of in education, 22(2)


ineducation-cover-22-2in education has just published its latest issue “[Power and Identity] in education” at This is a special pilot issue featuring the work of U of R Faculty of Education graduate students who engaged in an open peer review process. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Patrick Lewis, Editor-in-Chief
Shuana Niessen, Managing Editor, in education

in education
Vol 22, No 2 (2016): Autumn 2016 [Power and Identity] in education
Table of Contents


Editorial (1-2)
Andrea Sterzuk


“I’m Still Angry!” A Korean Student’s Self-Negotiation in her
Canadian Classroom (3-19)
Jennifer Burton
Becoming Unsettled Again and Again: Thinking With/in and Against
Autobiographical Writing (20-38)
Audrey Aamodt
My Junglee Story Matters: Autoethnography and Language Planning and Policy
Rubina Khanam
Empowering Students in the Trauma-Informed Classroom Through Expressive Arts
Therapy (55-71)
Miranda Field
Standpoint Theory in Professional Development: Examining Former Refugee
Education in Canada (72-86)
Vanessa Braun
Power, Identity, and the Construction of Knowledge in Education (87-97)
Lana J. Vindevoghel

Book Reviews

A Review of Settler Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada , by
Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker (98-100)
Shana Graham
A Review of Critical Mathematics Education: Theory, Praxis, and Reality
Jeremy Sundeen

The Faculty of Education invites students, faculty, administration, and staff to a

UR Welcome Back

Faculty of Education Graduate Student Social

Friday, September 9, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

2ND Floor Mezzanine, Westside of Education Building
(Closest to Exit from the EdGrad Office)

This is an informal gathering for graduate students in education, including those just beginning their program and those closer to completion. The aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to foster collegial relationships both with one another and with those who support them in their studies. The event is also intended to recognize and celebrate the hard work involved in pursuing and successfully completing a graduate program. Please see details below and in the attached invitation.

Food and Refreshments provided
(One complimentary alcoholic drink per person)

RSVP to by Friday, September 2, 2016

New Space for Education Graduate Students

Ed Grad Studies Staff Angela Kampert and Tania Gates display prizes.
Office of Research and Graduate Programs in Education Staff, Angela Kampert and Tania Gates display prizes.

On March 15, the Office of Research and Graduate Programs in Education celebrated the opening of a new Education Graduate Student Lounge (Ed 244). There were prizes and gifts for students in attendance. Dr. Andrea Sterzuk, Acting Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Programs in Education, says, “The lounge is for student use. Already, the new graduate student writing support groups have decided to use it for their writing support meetings.”

Grad student, Rubina Khanam, says,

“Thanks to Faculty of Education and Dr. Andrea Sterzuk for the new graduate student lounge. I am using this lounge every week for the graduate writing support group meeting .

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Grad student Rubina Khanam enjoying her new bunny hug in the new Education Graduate Student Lounge.

Also, I use it for meeting and discussion with other students, which is not possible in my graduate office. I also appreciate the technical support that we have in the lounge. Our graduate writing support group can set up Skype meetings when someone is unable to join in person. So, I will say that the graduate lounge has tremendous value to me as a student!”

Thinking about how the space would have benefited her, grad student Amy Lawson, who will be defending her thesis this April, says, “When I was balancing grad studies and teaching, especially once my research hours began, I sometimes felt disconnected from the university. Having a designated space (where support is close) is a fantastic idea and a great way to keep the university as a ‘home base.’ I’m thrilled to see it open!”

Anticipating the possibilities, grad student Rhonda Stevenson, who is just beginning her thesis work says, “I think if I had more classes to take it would be a great meeting place to plan and collaborate….maybe it is another space I could meet with my supervisor to discuss plans.”

Below are some photos of the launch courtesy of the Office of Research and Graduate Programs in Education.

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New Education Graduate Student Lounge (Ed 244) Photo courtesy of Education Graduate Studies Office CdrBG0LVAAIeaFq.jpg large