Building the future through creativity, collaboration, and research success

One of Canada's Top 15 Research Universities  U15

USask wastewater testing for COVID-19 sets the standard

A USask-led research team has been analyzing wastewater and stormwater flows in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, and five First Nations communities, to reveal many stories of life in each area.


Wastewater research findings encompass everything from infectious diseases to biomarkers for such conditions as diabetes and heart disease, to a myriad of other factors that can affect the overall health of a community.

Since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in Saskatchewan, the researchers have been busy measuring concentrations of viral genetic material in wastewater, providing a cost-effective, efficient measure that can reliably project trends in a community approximately seven to 10 days sooner than by public clinical testing.

Photo: Prof. Markus Brinkmann (Credit: Carey Shaw)
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Measuring our impact,


in Research Funding increase


in Water Resources Research in Canada


Research Chairs


cutting-edge Signature research areas


in Research funding in 2016

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Using the best tools

The best minds need the best support. USask has some of the most advanced research facilities, centres, and networks in the world.



The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the International Vaccine Centre, and the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences are some of our exceptional facilities.


With the Global Institute for Food Security and the Global Institute for Water Security and numerous other centres -- USask is changing the world.

Reaching new heights

USask scientists and scholars are winning awards and breaking new ground in research.

Our expertise

USask has stellar research talent, including Canada Excellence Research Chairs, Canada Research Chairs, Industrial Research Chairs, Centennial Research Chairs, Saskatchewan Research Chairs, and named chairs.

Award winners

Our researchers are garnering attention from all sides.  Sometimes, it's OK to brag.

Canada First Research Excellence Fund Programs

USask is only university to have been awarded two CFREFs. Exclusivity has its benefits.

Newest publications

See our latest findings, hot off the presses.

Office of the Vice-President Research

Connect to all the essential information. Find contacts, forms, ethical guidelines, and much more!

Sharing our knowledge and talent with the world,

Expand your mind by expanding your horizons

Watch stories of great USask cross-cultural opportunities and international student successes.

USask International Office Connect to your next adventure. Get in touch, today!

Building strong foundations

How can students like you

get involved in research?



 Get involved, today!

Whether in the lab or out in the field, great adventure awaits you. Search for great undergraduate research opportunities, here.

 Read student success stories

Getting involved in research can seem intimidating. Students can make a difference.  We feature stories of graduates and post docs in our Young Innovators series.  Undergrads are integral to research, too.



USask undergraduate students
Kantarama Senze Sale and Sydney Fuller
Photo credit: Merle Massie

Remembering our origins

To keep focused on the horizon, you need to be firmly rooted in the past.

An evolution in healthcare

How do you improve medicine? One evidence-based step at a time.

Targeting cancer

The Cobalt-60 'cancer bomb' saved the lives of millions. We have USask researchers to thank.

Deo et Patriae

For 110 years, research has been at our core. Take a walk through time.

Turning our ideas into solutions

With an entrepreneurial approach, Research Excellence and Innovation turns ideas and technologies developed here into solutions for the benefit of society, industry and the environment.

 Be inspired

We're putting the genius in ingenius, and the ingenius in your company.

Ideas into commercial success

Go from napkin-back to ready-to-launch with our Innovator's Guide!

 Find help

Put USask Researchers in your corner to help your business succeed.

 Fast License to success

Access USask technology faster and easier -- get a license in a snap.


Office of the Vice-President Research

Peter MacKinnon Building, 134
107 Administration Place,
Saskatoon, SK,
S7N 5A2