The Initiative's Contributors


Kara Loy

Kara is the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. She holds a MEd in educational research, and two Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and English literature. She brings over a decade of diverse work experience in program management in higher education, and takes pleasure in innovative discovery opportunities for students and faculty. 

Sheryl Mills

Sheryl is a Program and Curriculum Development Specialist at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness. Her role at GMCTE is to support program and curriculum innovation and revitalization from first steps through to approval and implementation. In this capacity, she has been instrumental in helping many faculty members reconceptualise and reinvigorate their curricula to incorporate undergraduate research. Sheryl’s research interests include Indigenous, holistic and right-brain ways of knowing and learning, and personal, professional and organizational change. To learn more about curriculum innovation, visit Educatus, the official blog of the Gwenna Moss Centre.


Megan Fairbairn

Megan is a recent addition to the Undergraduate Research Initiative, and is currently working for the team as a Student Assistant. As such, she provides administrative support, manages social media accounts and communications, and plans events. Megan has just wrapped up her first year at the U of S, and has chosen to major in Psychology, with a specific interest in forensic psychology with social applications. She hopes to eventually earn her PhD and attain a research position in this field, where she can attempt the impossible task of uncovering the secrets of human nature. For now, though, she is excited to be assisting the URI in expanding the U of S’ undergraduate research culture which allows students like her to explore their scholarly and artistic passions.


Ryan Banow  

Ryan is an Instructional Design Specialist at the Gwenna Moss Centre and a sessional lecturer in the College of Education. His work includes consultations around course design, teaching strategies, assessment strategies, and integrating learning technologies. His key interests include online learning, flipped and blended learning, educational technology, student response systems, and STEM education. Ryan is working with the Undergraduate Research Initiative to support instructors in effectively incorporating the research elements into their classes. 


Jordan Bruce

Jordan is the current photographer for the Undergraduate Research Initiative. In between traveling the world as a freelance photographer and videographer, Jordan has been taking International Studies at the U of S. He hopes to migrate to Commerce and eventually work abroad for an non-governmental organization (NGO). In the past Jordan has worked for a number of different campus organizations as a research assistant, social media coordinator, and event planner. When Jordan is not working he enjoys training in mixed martial arts, cooking, and plotting his next international adventure.

Anna Osburn

Anna Osburn

Anna is currently working as Student Assistant for the Undergraduate Research Initiative, where she gets to collaborate on various social media and administrative works. She is a new addition to the team and to the city of Saskatoon. In fall 2017 Anna will be entering her second year at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she is pursuing her BFA in Acting, prior to her studies in Chicago she studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In the future she hopes to pursue her masters in Arts Management while developing, crafting and writing new artistic works.

Past Contributors

We acknowledge the valuable contributions of former student assistants. Having students’ direct input and collaborative efforts enriches the Undergraduate Research Initiative program and reinforces its goals.

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Tina (Xiaodan) Zhu  Jordan Sherbino Aimee Ferré Phuong (Chelsea) Phan
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Anwyn Huber-Stevenson Miranda Gartner Shazia Nagji