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. 


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. 


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.



Phuong (Chelsea) Phan

Chelsea is the event photographer for the Undergraduate Research Initiative. She supports the initiative by capturing images of research events and activities across campus. Chelsea majors in accounting at Edwards School of Business but her passion for photography is what motivated her to get involved. Chelseas photography skills, coupled with an eagerness to learn more about undergraduate research, allow her to pique interest and raise awareness through visual contributions to our communication strategy: on social media, in event posters, and through our website.

Amani Khelifa

Amani is the Student Assistant for the Undergraduate Research Initiative and has been a student at the U of S for the past four years. In this position, she provides administrative support, plans events, and promotes research for her peers at the undergraduate level. This year will be her final year of school, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honours, minoring in Philosophy. What she will do with such a degree has yet to be decided. When not in class or at work, you can find her reading an edifying book, picking the brains of family or friends, or taking a walk by the river. In the meantime, she is excited to be a part of the URI and to be helping spread the research culture at her university.  

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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Jordan Sherbino  Tina (Xiaodan) Zhu Aimee Ferré Miranda Gartner
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