Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Training


SERI Graduate Students and Sessional Instructors

Graduate work and research assistantships with SERI are an exceptional opportunity to gain experience working with an active, vibrant group of graduate students, researchers, and community-based organizations at a national and international scale.

  • Graduate student researcher stipends are $15,000 (Master’s) and $18,000 (PhD), plus benefits (or as negotiated in terms of contract)
  • Casual research assistantships
  • Links with collaborative research opportunities with community organizations
  • Publication opportunities
  • Bi-monthly collaboration and colloquia series
Current Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Andrew Bieler
Andrew Bieler

Andrew Bieler is a scholar of environmental communication and education. His research draws on cultural studies, social theory, mobile and arts-based methodologies to interrogate processes of public engagement and learning in art galleries, museums, and community-based settings. His Doctoral research examined the cultural and political thresholds of arts-sciences collaborations in the context of the development of public pedagogy about a sustainable response to climate change. Currently, he is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Sustainability and Education Policy Network at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.


Graduate Students

Kathleen Aikens

Kathleen Aikens

Kathleen Aikens is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability. She is interested in the intersections of environment, education, and community, and is currently working with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network to better understand the relationship between policy and practice in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Kathleen completed a Masters in Nature Resource Sciences from McGill University and then spent several years working with community-based organizations in Atlantic Canada and Bhutan. She currently volunteers as Vice-Chair of the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee, committee member of Student Action for a Sustainable Future (Education Program), and council member of the School of Environment and Sustainability Students’ Association.

Kristen

Kristen Hargis

Kristen is a masters student in the Educational Foundations program at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include investigating the socially manifested constructs that encourage a culture of over consumption, especially where they inhibit the implementation of sustainable policy into practice. She is also a member of the graduate student committee for the American Education Research Association SIG for Environmental Education.  

Jada Koushik

Jada Koushik

Jada Koushik is a PhD student in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her MSc in Conservation Biology and Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan along with a MSPH in Environmental Health and Natural Resource Management from Tulane University. Her dissertation focuses on the Sustainability and Education Policy Network's Theme 2 Site Analyses.

Heather Lake

Heather Lake
 Heather is working to complete an Integrated Master of Education through the Department of Educational Foundations.  Her research interests include decolonisation of education and critical place based learning.  Heather is a band and arts educator in Saskatoon.
Naomi Maina
Naomi Mumbi Maina

Originally from Kenya, Naomi Mumbi Maina is a doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan in the School of Environment and Sustainability, and also works with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN). Her research interest is in the engagement of different actors within sustainability in higher education policy and practice. She earned her Masters degrees from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in Mass Communications and Social Responsibility. 

Jen McRuer

Jen McRuer

Jen is a PhD candidate in Educational Foundations, having recently completed an MSc in Conservation and Rural Development. Her interests in sustainability education have largely been shaped by her involvement in stewardship outreach projects in Nova Scotia and participatory action research projects in Bhutan and Colombia. These projects explored community-based sustainability initiatives and youth perspectives related to issues of well-being, resilience, indigenous culture, inter-generational learning, sense of place, and environmental change. 

Jaylene Murray
Jaylene Murray

Jaylene is a master’s student in the Educational Foundations program at the University of Saskatchewan. Her background in outdoor education and sustainable tourism research shapes her interest in sustainable education. She is currently interested in investigating students’ perspective of sustainability at Canadian post-secondary institutions. She is interested in how students perceive sustainability at their schools, what they identify as facilitators and barriers to sustainability uptake in their local context, and their opinions to improve sustainability at their institution. 

Adam Young
Adam Young

I am an M.Ed. student at USask, interested in gaps between theory and practice in green school certification programs and resources for teachers. Most often found biking, running. Sweden is an annual pilgrimage. Substitute teacher in French immersion, coordinator of Wynchemna, an international ESL summer camp in Calgary and Vancouver.

The Student-Supervisor Relationship

According to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Graduate Studies and Research, "The relationship between a supervisor and a student should be a productive working relationship that, in its culmination, transforms into a relationship between colleagues.  While the student is not employed by the supervisor, the relationship between a student and supervisor is unique and potentially complicated by the obligations of a student to achieve the research objectives of their program and the financial dependency of the student on the supervisor."

CGSR has compiled a list of common issues and questions that should be resolved early in the student-supervisor relationship.