Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research wishes to recognize and celebrate excellence with three student awards and one supervisor award:

  • Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Graduate Student Excellence Award (Innovation and Research)
  • Graduate Community Engagement Award


Graduate Awards

Award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision

This award is to recognize 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 is March 31.

More information can be found on the Application Form

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

To recognize graduate students in any discipline who received GTA from FGSR and conducted excellent work in providing teaching assistance for undergraduate classes. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Significant contribution to student learning experience (subject matter knowledge, pedagogy, technology, professional development)
  • Mentorship and guidance of undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Distinguished academic record
  • Contributions and initiatives that enhance FGSR’s and UofR’s mission

 Application information below

Graduate Student Excellence Award (Innovation and Research)

To recognize graduate students in any discipline who conduct leading-edge research. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Impactful research, knowledge production and/or creative activity
  • Dissemination of their work to wider audiences within and outside the student’s field of study
  • Distinguished academic record
  • Contributions and initiatives that enhance FGSR’s and UofR’s mission

 Application information below

Graduate Community Engagement Award

To recognize graduate students in any discipline who demonstrate excellence in community-engaged service (including but not limited to community-engaged research, creative activity or knowledge dissemination, leadership, community volunteering services, advocacy and activism).  Nominees should demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Inspirational leadership and community engagement that contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the University and the broader community
  • Significant community participation and volunteering
  • Distinguished academic record
  • Contributions and initiatives that enhance UofR’s mission

 Application information below

Graduate Student Award Application Information


A maximum of one award will be presented annually for each category.  Each award consists of a Certificate of Excellence from the Dean of FGSR along with a $500 cash prize. The award will be publicly announced during the annual FGSR Excellence Awards ceremony.


The nominee must be enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Regina. Students who completed their program in the previous winter semester are also eligible.  Previous recipients are not eligible to apply for a period of 2 years following the year in which they received the same award.


Please see the Nomination Form for the FGSR Excellence Awards

Applications must include: completed nomination form, letter from the nominator, letter of support from UofR unit or community member, letter of support from graduate supervisor/advisor, nominee’s abbreviated CV, and copy of unofficial transcript.


Submit applications to grad.engagement@uregina.ca


May 30

*the deadline has been extended to June 30*

Winners of the 2021 Graduate Student Excellence Awards

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award winner: Shelby Piechotta (MSc student from Computer Science)

As a teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science, Shelby Piechotta’s performance went above andbeyond being reliable, approachable, and helpful. When classes and labs shifted to remote, online delivery due to thepandemic, Shelby took the initiative to create video tutorials to explain programming concepts for CS 115 labs. Someof the tutorials were over 40 minutes, which demonstrates a personal commitment to enhancing students’ experience.Further, these videos are indicative of his willingness to create new resources using innovative approaches to deliveryof course content. His work and efforts can serve as a template for other TAs and instructors to connect with studentsin new ways.

Graduate Student Excellence Award for Innovation and Research Winner: Nicole Lerminiaux (PhD student from Biology)

Nicole Lerminiaux, a Ph.D. candidate in Biology, is the recipient of the Graduate Student Excellence Award forInnovation and Research. Nicole’s research on bacteria in different environments incorporates elements of ecology,microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, and evolution. Her unique contributions include discovery of a new form ofbacterial feeding, and a new roll for competition among bacterial cells. She is currently working with land owners andconservation agencies to track the movement of antibiotic resistance genes in southern Saskatchewan’s waterways, akey aspect to understanding the role of the environment in public health.
Nicole’s research has already begun toinfluence her field; she published a very influential peer-reviewed scientific paper that was the most downloaded itemfrom the Canadian Journal of Microbiology 3 years in a row.
Nicole is also very active in scientific communication andoutreach, and has won two prestigious national awards for promotional videos about her research.

Graduate Community Engagement Award Winner: David Akinmade (MSc student from Computer Science)

David is an exceptional person, he has served and engaged with students who participate in the Diversity Group. Thisis a gathering for graduate students who identify as visible minority, racialized person or people of colour. This groupsupports FGSR commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and creates a space for students to come together as acollective. As Pauline Streete (EDI Officer for Research) has described, “David’s energy, kindness and generosityrippled through the network and amplified the group’s stated purpose… Aware of the limitations arising from thepandemic, David recommended options for social interaction in online forums to bring the group together fornetworking, personal growth and approaches to becoming proud University of Regina graduate students with a reachbeyond the network”. Congratulations again on this deserved recognition of your community engagement work.

Questions can be sent to grad.engagement@uregina.ca