Graduate student awards

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

André Magnan, Congress 2018 Academic Convener and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Regina

Graduate students are the lifeblood of universities. Their energy and creativity help research programs thrive – so it’s vital students seize upon opportunities to publicly present their research.

On a student budget, this can be tough. But I also know that Congress is worth it.

In 2003 I attended my first Congress in Halifax as a PhD student studying sociology. While my department provided me with some funds to make the trip, I covered most of the bill myself.

Despite the costs, Congress was my first big conference presentation and was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. I met peers from across Canada, presented my research to respected scholars, received valuable feedback about my work and explored a new city. For the first time, I saw myself as an academic.

To help graduate students attend Congress 2018, the University of Regina is providing 600 student awards totaling $270,000. 

The funding includes a subsidy for on-campus accommodations, a meal card for on-campus meals, and a credit to the campus bookstore – all to help make it easier for students to experience Canada’s largest gathering of scholars.

Plus, 100 of these awards are for recent grads of a PhD program who have yet to obtain work, which helps people caught between grad school and a secure job.

Visit the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards page for more information.

See you at Congress 2018!