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College of Arts and Science celebrates award-winning graduates

2023/24 most outstanding graduates and medal winners were honoured at a special ceremony

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Allison Hrabluik: The Splits

May 17 - Aug 30, 2024

A video work intersecting documentary and fiction

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Jeff Thomas: I Refuse to be Invisible

May 10 - Sep 27, 2024

Photos exploring historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous identity

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Three questions with Saskatchewan tech leader Aaron Genest

Genest (BSc’07, PhD’13) is one of four Alumni of Influence Award recipients from the College of Arts and Science

Why are the northern lights sometimes pink?

CBC News
What makes the northern lights change colours? Nothing on Earth, says Dr. Daniel Billett (PhD)

‘The cutting edge in mathematics’: USask hosts CMS Summer Meeting

The Canadian Mathematical Society Summer Meeting is a major knowledge-sharing event for mathematicians

Four USask alumni named as 2024 Saskatchewan Order of Merit recipients

Four College of Arts and Science graduates have been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit

New Zealand artist/scholar to lead USask School for the Arts

Andrew Denton will join as director when the new school launches July 1

Supporting queerness in academic, research spaces

Queer, Métis USask PhD student focusing research to help local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

Q&A with Saskatchewan's longest serving woman parliamentarian

Pat Atkinson (BA’73, BEd’77) has been selected as an Alumni of Influence Award recipient

USask arts and science student champions compassion, reconciliation

Métis student Brett Hildebrandt aspires to be a compassionate physician in the context of reconciliation

Innovation Saskatchewan invests $600,000 in USask-led HAWC science mission through ISF program

The funding will help HAWC advance Canadian space science through the development of advanced technological space instruments

Despite long list of accomplishments, this Sask. wheelchair user is just getting started

CBC News
College of Arts and Science graduate Tasnim Jaisee (BA'24, Cert'24) plans to continue advocating for people with disabilities

Three questions with Alumni of Influence Award recipient Gordon Beach

Gordon Beach (BSc’73) is one of four outstanding recipients who are being presented with the prestigious award

College of Arts and Science celebrates award-winning graduates

2023/24 most outstanding graduates and medal winners were honoured at a special ceremony

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New Zealand artist/scholar to lead USask School for the Arts

Andrew Denton will join as director when the new school launches July 1

Outstanding faculty member, graduate receive Women of Distinction Awards

Retired USask faculty member Dr. Lesley Biggs (PhD) and graduate Tasnim Jaisee (BA’24, BA'24, CQGS’24) were named as recipients

Leading music director, scholar receives prestigious USask award

The PESTA award is presented to a university scholar who excels in scholarship engaged with the community on the local, national or international level.

Indigenous student embraces new role at USask

On Campus News
Nitanis Bear credits ISAP learning communities for establishing connections and retention at USask

Trio of USask graduate students receive prestigious Vanier Scholarships

Students received funding to support innovation in diverse fields of English literature, community air quality, and plant and nutrition genetics

USask choirs ready for Carnegie Hall performance

Students and alumni of the Greystone Singers will perform in New York City on June 1

College of Arts and Science Alumni of Influence recipients recognized for outstanding achievements

Gordon Beach, Tenille Campbell, Aaron Genest and Pat Atkinson have been selected as recipients of this year’s awards

USask awards ohpinamake Indigenous art prize to Joi T. Arcand

Arcand (BFA’06) is a multimedia artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

Ask the Alumni Expert: Dr. Tracene Harvey (BA’98, MA’02, PhD)

Green&White
USask graduate Dr. Tracene Harvey, director/curator of the Museum of Antiquities, talks about the museum to commemorate International Museum Day on May 18

USask certificate gives a window into Japanese culture

The Certificate in Japanese Language and Culture launched in the College of Arts and Science in 2022

The art of collaboration

Green&White
USask graduate Jillian Ross (BFA’02) is sharing her knowledge of collaborative printmaking through an interactive exhibition at Remai Modern

Alumni Book Nook: Dennis Gruending (BA’70, ARTS’84)

Ottawa-based writer Dennis Gruending is the author of "A Communist for the RCMP: The Uncovered Story of a Social Movement Informant"

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Three questions with Saskatchewan tech leader Aaron Genest

Genest (BSc’07, PhD’13) is one of four Alumni of Influence Award recipients from the College of Arts and Science

Four USask alumni named as 2024 Saskatchewan Order of Merit recipients

Four College of Arts and Science graduates have been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Supporting queerness in academic, research spaces

Queer, Métis USask PhD student focusing research to help local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

Q&A with Saskatchewan's longest serving woman parliamentarian

Pat Atkinson (BA’73, BEd’77) has been selected as an Alumni of Influence Award recipient

USask arts and science student champions compassion, reconciliation

Métis student Brett Hildebrandt aspires to be a compassionate physician in the context of reconciliation

Despite long list of accomplishments, this Sask. wheelchair user is just getting started

CBC News
College of Arts and Science graduate Tasnim Jaisee (BA'24, Cert'24) plans to continue advocating for people with disabilities

Three questions with Alumni of Influence Award recipient Gordon Beach

Gordon Beach (BSc’73) is one of four outstanding recipients who are being presented with the prestigious award

Outstanding faculty member, graduate receive Women of Distinction Awards

Retired USask faculty member Dr. Lesley Biggs (PhD) and graduate Tasnim Jaisee (BA’24, BA'24, CQGS’24) were named as recipients

USask surpasses $428-million mark in major giving campaign

More than 18,000 alumni, 1,400 corporations, 5,000 individuals and 400 foundations have donated

Four members of USask community receive CBC Future 40 awards

Three recipients—Tasnim Jaisee (BA'24, BA'24, CQGS'24), Dr. Linzi Williamson (MA'13, PhD'19) and Ishita Mann—are part of the USask College of Arts and Science community

A commencement speech with teeth: Sask. author Yann Martel shares his advice for USask graduates

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Martel received a USask honorary degree at Spring Convocation on June 4

Retired lawyer, USask student receives Copland Prize in Humanities

On Campus News
Cameron Muir (LLB'86, BA'11, MFA'20) will be receiving his fourth degree from USask at Spring Convocation

See all Science & Technology News

Why are the northern lights sometimes pink?

CBC News
What makes the northern lights change colours? Nothing on Earth, says Dr. Daniel Billett (PhD)

‘The cutting edge in mathematics’: USask hosts CMS Summer Meeting

The Canadian Mathematical Society Summer Meeting is a major knowledge-sharing event for mathematicians

Innovation Saskatchewan invests $600,000 in USask-led HAWC science mission through ISF program

The funding will help HAWC advance Canadian space science through the development of advanced technological space instruments

Agricultural antifreeze? Sask. researchers say spray could help wine grapes handle cold better

Department of Chemistry adjunct professor Dr. Sue Abrams (PhD) is studying ways to defend plants from freezing temperatures

New USask graduate set out to do the impossible

Dylan Haussecker was told he couldn’t learn middle school math. He helped send a satellite into space.

Logging in Canada’s most famous national park to save it from wildfires

New York Times
Drought conditions in Banff National Park are exceptional, says Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD) of the Department of Geography and Planning

Trio of USask graduate students receive prestigious Vanier Scholarships

Students received funding to support innovation in diverse fields of English literature, community air quality, and plant and nutrition genetics

USask partners with PINQ² to access Canada's only IBM Quantum System One

USask researchers will have access to one of the world's most powerful quantum computers, thanks to a $558,208 contribution from PrairiesCan through the Regional Innovation Ecosystem Program

Solar storm on the horizon

Radio-Canada
(En français) Dr. Kathryn McWilliams (PhD), director of SuperDARN Canada, speaks to Radio-Canada's Découverte about unlocking the secrets of the sun

USask alumnus headlines technology event to inspire Saskatchewan students

Rahat Yasir (MSc'18) gave the keynote at Digitized 2024

USask celebrates launch of Canada’s freshwater monitoring network

The Global Water Futures Observatories is a network of freshwater monitoring and observation stations placed strategically across Canada

International collaboration brings artwork to life with augmented reality

shARed spaces team explores the possibilities of a developing technology and its place in digital art

See all Indigenous News

Supporting queerness in academic, research spaces

Queer, Métis USask PhD student focusing research to help local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

USask arts and science student champions compassion, reconciliation

Métis student Brett Hildebrandt aspires to be a compassionate physician in the context of reconciliation

USask researcher receives funding for Indigenous-led substance abuse research program

Indigenous Studies associate professor and researcher Dr. Robert Henry (PhD) and the SK-NEIHR team will strengthen and increase Indigenous involvement

Indigenous student embraces new role at USask

On Campus News
Nitanis Bear credits ISAP learning communities for establishing connections and retention at USask

College of Arts and Science Alumni of Influence recipients recognized for outstanding achievements

Gordon Beach, Tenille Campbell, Aaron Genest and Pat Atkinson have been selected as recipients of this year’s awards

USask awards ohpinamake Indigenous art prize to Joi T. Arcand

Arcand (BFA’06) is a multimedia artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

The power of collaboration: Storytellers Challenge winners emphasize the importance of synergy in research

A collaboration between graduate students from USask and UBC secured a winning spot in the 2024 SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

'Each word is a spirit': Saskatoon play reinvents Shakespeare in English, French and Cree

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
"It’s an honour that I get to translate — and I’ve got to do it right," said Cree language keeper and Department of Indigenous Studies faculty member Randy Morin

USask community marks Red Dress Day

Faculty, staff, and students were invited to an event to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people

USask archaeologists recognized for advice, advocacy on residential school graves searches

Canadian Archaeological Association working group has won a Governor General’s Innovation Award

USask double honours student has passion for volunteering

“Follow your interests,” says award-winning computer science and math student Fraser McLeod

Grandparents inspire Indigenous studies student at USask

Eileen Lennie-Koshman wants to empower Indigenous people to tell their stories

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Q&A with Saskatchewan's longest serving woman parliamentarian

Pat Atkinson (BA’73, BEd’77) has been selected as an Alumni of Influence Award recipient

Outstanding faculty member, graduate receive Women of Distinction Awards

Retired USask faculty member Dr. Lesley Biggs (PhD) and graduate Tasnim Jaisee (BA’24, BA'24, CQGS’24) were named as recipients

Obituary: Eric Dayton

Saskatoon Funeral Home
Professor Emeritus Eric Dayton was part of the USask Department of Philosophy for more than 40 years

USask develops a pet-friendly rental housing guide for Saskatoon

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Paws in Places is a pet-friendly rental housing guide established by the University of Saskatchewan

College of Arts and Science Alumni of Influence recipients recognized for outstanding achievements

Gordon Beach, Tenille Campbell, Aaron Genest and Pat Atkinson have been selected as recipients of this year’s awards

The power of collaboration: Storytellers Challenge winners emphasize the importance of synergy in research

A collaboration between graduate students from USask and UBC secured a winning spot in the 2024 SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

USask archaeologists recognized for advice, advocacy on residential school graves searches

Canadian Archaeological Association working group has won a Governor General’s Innovation Award

Métis cancer survivors share their stories of confronting and beating cancer

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They are raw, they are real, and they are inspiring, and thanks to a new project from USask, they will finally be heard

USask faculty learned as much from students in sustainability fellowship

Six USask faculty fellows each contributed a chapter for a newly released book

Métis cancer survivor experiences documented in digital storytelling project

Dr. Robert Henry (PhD) co-led a project that highlighted stories of Métis cancer survivors in Saskatchewan

Eight songs that ‘inspire inclusion’ on International Women’s Day

USask Women’s and Gender Studies Program faculty members give their song recommendations

‘A pioneer as a female artist’: New exhibition celebrates Sask. painter’s landscape legacy

USask graduate Wynona Croft Mulcaster (BA'43) found inspiration on the Canadian prairies and in Mexico

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Eight songs that ‘inspire inclusion’ on International Women’s Day

USask Women’s and Gender Studies Program faculty members give their song recommendations

The Anthropocene, atmospheric chemists, geologists and historians

Active History
Scientists have voted against declaring an Anthropocene epoch, but it's all a matter of perspective, writes historian Dr. Jim Clifford (PhD)

The water gets hotter and the frog just sits there

National Observer
We need national co-ordination, new investment and novel technologies to respond to the climate emergency, writes Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD) of the Department of Geography and Planning

Service dogs play vital roles for veterans, but Canada’s lack of standards makes travel and access difficult

The Conversation
Drs. Colleen Dell (PhD) and Linzi Williamson (PhD) examine the need for service dog standards in Canada

Striving for transparency: Why Canada’s pesticide regulations need an overhaul

The Conversation
Department of Biology professor Dr. Christy Morrissey (PhD) is among researchers calling for more transparent and scientifically robust pesticide regulation in Canada

This solar cycle, the sun’s activity is more powerful and surprising than predicted

The aurora is both a scientific wonder and a risk factor to industry, writes USask postdoctoral fellow Dr. Daniel Billett (PhD)

Manitoba’s reasons for refusing to search for Indigenous women’s remains in landfill are a smokescreen

The Conversation
Obstacles to a search have more to do with political will than technical concerns, writes Department of Political Studies faculty member Dr. Kathy Walker (PhD)

How colonial racism fuels Saskatchewan’s criminalization of Indigenous men

The Conversation
Indigenous people shouldn’t have to fear police who are supposed to protect them, write Indigenous studies faculty members Dr. Kathy Walker (PhD) and Randy Morin

Convicted murderer Colin Thatcher’s invitation to the Saskatchewan legislature diminishes us all

The Conversation
Recent events at the legislature show that we live in a society that normalizes violence against women, writes Dr. Kathy Walker (PhD) of the Department of Political Studies

Statement on the tragedy at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

A message from Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD), vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts and Science

The simple reason a viral math equation stumped the internet

The Conversation
Mathematicians and mathematics educators have been weighing in on a particular debate rooted in school mathematics that shows no signs of abating

‘Water’ we doing to our water?

Governments at all levels need to work together to manage and protect our freshwater resources, writes Raylene Hartl, a master’s student studying biology at USask

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Supporting queerness in academic, research spaces

Queer, Métis USask PhD student focusing research to help local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

USask arts and science student champions compassion, reconciliation

Métis student Brett Hildebrandt aspires to be a compassionate physician in the context of reconciliation

College of Arts and Science celebrates award-winning graduates

2023/24 most outstanding graduates and medal winners were honoured at a special ceremony

College of Arts and Science teachers, staff, students recognized for enhancing student experience

Five members of the Arts and Science community have won 2024 USSU Excellence Awards

A commencement speech with teeth: Sask. author Yann Martel shares his advice for USask graduates

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Martel received a USask honorary degree at Spring Convocation on June 4

Retired lawyer, USask student receives Copland Prize in Humanities

On Campus News
Cameron Muir (LLB'86, BA'11, MFA'20) will be receiving his fourth degree from USask at Spring Convocation

Indigenous student embraces new role at USask

On Campus News
Nitanis Bear credits ISAP learning communities for establishing connections and retention at USask

New USask graduate set out to do the impossible

Dylan Haussecker was told he couldn’t learn middle school math. He helped send a satellite into space.

Broken leg, inspiring educators lead USask student to path in medicine

Aidan Hydomako to receive most outstanding graduate recognition, prestigious convocation prize in biomedical sciences

USask graduate tailored degree to fit passion for healthcare

“John” ChangHao Zhao will receive the University Medal in the BA&Sc Degree during Spring Convocation

Top USask linguistics student receives Copland Prize in Social Sciences

Abigail Clemente studied how Filipino language incorporates English words by ‘code-switching’

Trio of USask graduate students receive prestigious Vanier Scholarships

Students received funding to support innovation in diverse fields of English literature, community air quality, and plant and nutrition genetics

See all College Vision News

Four USask alumni named as 2024 Saskatchewan Order of Merit recipients

Four College of Arts and Science graduates have been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Q&A with Saskatchewan's longest serving woman parliamentarian

Pat Atkinson (BA’73, BEd’77) has been selected as an Alumni of Influence Award recipient

Three questions with Alumni of Influence Award recipient Gordon Beach

Gordon Beach (BSc’73) is one of four outstanding recipients who are being presented with the prestigious award

College of Arts and Science teachers, staff, students recognized for enhancing student experience

Five members of the Arts and Science community have won 2024 USSU Excellence Awards

USask surpasses $428-million mark in major giving campaign

More than 18,000 alumni, 1,400 corporations, 5,000 individuals and 400 foundations have donated

Four members of USask community receive CBC Future 40 awards

Three recipients—Tasnim Jaisee (BA'24, BA'24, CQGS'24), Dr. Linzi Williamson (MA'13, PhD'19) and Ishita Mann—are part of the USask College of Arts and Science community

Leading music director, scholar receives prestigious USask award

The PESTA award is presented to a university scholar who excels in scholarship engaged with the community on the local, national or international level.

USask honours 2024 teaching award winners

Six College of Arts and Science faculty have been recognized for their excellence in teaching at USask

USask achieves personal best in QS World University Rankings

USask received an award for most improved university in Canada after it achieved its highest-ever performance in the QS World University Rankings

Retired lawyer, USask student receives Copland Prize in Humanities

On Campus News
Cameron Muir (LLB'86, BA'11, MFA'20) will be receiving his fourth degree from USask at Spring Convocation

USask honours President’s Staff Excellence Award recipients

Greg Oster, from the Department of Computer Science, has been recognized for his commitment to helping staff and faculty

Indigenous student embraces new role at USask

On Campus News
Nitanis Bear credits ISAP learning communities for establishing connections and retention at USask