The Initiative's Contributors


Kara Loy

Kara is the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. She holds a MEd in educational research, two Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and English literature, and a teaching certificate. She brings over a decade of diverse work experience in program management and education administration in Canada and abroad. Kara is currently pursuing doctoral studies in educational leadership and takes keen interest in fostering transformational higher-educational discovery experiences that will serve students, faculty, stakeholders, and society well.


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. 


Brittany Thiessen

Brittany is the Student Assistant at the Undergraduate Research Initiative. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Applied Social Psychology. Her current research interests involve sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, and sexual health education. Brittany is passionate about mentorship in higher learning and improving access to undergraduate research opportunities to future scholars at the University of Saskatchean.

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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Anwyn Huber-Stevenson Shazia Nagji Jordan Bruce Megan Fairbairn
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