History Graduate Students Committee

The HGSC is an elected body of graduate students that provides for the administration, unity, and welfare of all MA and PhD students in the Department of History.

Who we are

Elected every September, the HGSC operates throughout the year and administers a range of social and intellectual activities designed to facilitate student interaction. The HGSC sponsors an ongoing lecture series, a History graduate student colloquia, an annual spring Book Pub fundraising auction, and, new this year, a PhD Research Workshop.  We also help to administer the Buffalo Province History Conference in conjunction with the Department of History.  The HGSC works hard to foster a vibrant social community within our Department.  We host numerous social events throughout the year including seasonal parties, barbecues, and other activities.

HGSC Elections are held each September and executive terms last for one full year.  HGSC positions are open to both incoming and continuing MA or PhD students in History, with the exception of vice president, which traditionally goes to a first year MA student.  All History graduate students are encouraged to get involved and run for council.  It is a rewarding experience and a great way to meet new people.  Detailed descriptions of HGSC executive positions and duties can be found in our constitution.

Executive Members

Our 2018-2019 HGSC


President Derek Cameron
Secretary-Treasurer - Kiera Mitchell
Faculty Liaison - Emily Kaliel
Communications Officer/ Social Media Director - Tyla Betke
Social Director - Steven Langlois
Social Director - Dimitry Zakharov
GSA Representative  - Mckelvey Kelly


About the Workshop:

Workshops are generally scheduled during the regular academic term. Anyone currently working on a paper is encouraged to contact the PhD Research Workshop Coordinator to schedule a workshop.

The Department encourages students at the PhD level to begin the development of their publication portfolios. To remain competitive in funding opportunities, scholarship competitions and in the job market, students are expected to publish articles stemming from research undertaken in MA and PhD programs.

However, with no outlet in place for PhD students to receive support in this endeavour, some students began developing their own group. In early 2008, a number of PhD students independently began an informal workshop as a means to attain feedback from their peers on papers they intended to submit for application.

This workshop, modeled after the Department's Faculty Research Colloquium, provides PhD students with the opportunity to present and share their research with their peers in order to get feedback, comments, criticism and discussion. More specifically, the PhD Workshop invites students to submit a drafted research paper that they plan to submit either for publication in a refereed academic journal or for presentation at an academic conference (preference, of course, is given to papers intended for publication). If time permits, students could also submit dissertation chapters. The commentary from reviewers can be on issues from simple editing and organization to larger historiographic concerns.

The setting for the workshop is intended to be an informal and friendly atmosphere where thoughts on the paper are shared with the presenter; basically, it will be the same as previous years. This allows for a friendly consideration of the paper from a variety of perspectives, both from students and invited faculty.

The history department's graduate colloquium is a central part of graduate student education, a showpiece for graduate studies, and a point of pride for the department. The colloquia provide professional training for student presenters and are at the same time one of the best ways of developing a sense of community among students and faculty.

The paper may be an outline of the student's proposed research, a chapter from the thesis, or an aspect of the subject under research. The purpose is to give the student some experience in preparing and delivering a paper to an audience of faculty and other graduate students.

Attendance and presentation of a paper at the graduate colloquia comprise part of the requirement for History 990. All MA students are required to present at and attend the colloquium, and PhD students are required to attend and participate. Asking questions, providing feedback, and initiating discussion and debate are just as important to the development of students' skills as are making the presentations.

The Graduate Colloquium meets several times throughout the year to hear MA students' presentation on their current thesis research. This event provides both an academic and a social function for all graduate students and department faculty. Your attendance, participation, and support is encouraged and appreciated.

The Graduate Colloquium is an official event administered by the Department of History. General inquiries can be made to the Department's Director of Graduate Studies, Erika Dyck, for more specific questions and direction, your supervisor.

Colloquium meetings will be held in the Grad Commons, Emmanuel St. Chad Chapel. The Department will provide light refreshments.

2018-19 MA Colloquium

November 26, 2018
Diefenbaker Centre

An annual tradition hosted by the HGSC and Department of History, the Spring Book Pub is an auction fundraiser. The event brings together students near the year-end and generates the annual operating budget for the History Graduate Students Committee (HGSC).

The proceeds from this event will provide the operating capital for next year's HGSC, and will contribute to events such as the Dave DeBrou Memorial Lecture, HGSC social events, and a donation to the Dave Debrou scholarship fund. This is our only source of operating funds for the HGSC, so all of your donations and contributions are greatly appreciated and much needed.

Donations for the book pub are accepted beginning every fall. Please contact us if you have items you'd like to donate.

PhD and MA Students

Click here to see the profiles of our current MA and PhD students.

Contact Us

For further information, please e-mail   c.marsh@usask.ca