Research Representative

SMSS Position: Research Representative

Appointed or Elected: Elected

Main responsibilities/description (filled out by (Jake Pushie 2015-2016): Maximum 200 words

The Research Representative bridges the gap between the College of Medicine and the student body (primarily 1st and 2nd year students) in order to advocate and facilitate promotion of research opportunities, as well as foster the creation of new research opportunities and funding opportunities.  The position liaises regularly with the Project Coordinator from the Office of the Vice-Dean of Research, in the College of Medicine to review timelines, policies, address issues relating to student research, as well as discuss on-going development of the Dean’s Summer Research Projects.  Starting in 2015 efforts have been made to begin developing content for a multi-session “Success in Research” information symposium which will provide students planning to do research with information and tools to aid them. The Research Representative position has only been in existence for 2 years and the role of the position will likely continue to evolve, and affords good opportunities to develop and expand the role further.

3 benefits of the Position 3 challenges of the position
1. This is a relatively new position, so there is scope for developing the role of the position further. 1. Keeping track of information and maintaining communication between Regina and Saskatoon.
2. You will get to know a lot of people throughout the College and may be asked to serve in other roles within the College relating to the Research Office or speak on topics relating to student research experiences, etc. 2. You may be asked to be involved in additional meetings or serve in a role that is outside the scope of the Research Rep position (such as interviewing potential staff for the Research Office, or helping to shape research opportunities which may be incorporated into the curriculum in future, etc).
3. Will be directly involved in planning and chairing events, such as the Research Symposium in the Fall, and will have opportunities to provide input to the SMSS and Academic meetings – thereby making the Research Rep a valuable position for maintaining a “plan view” of what is happening and what directions the student body may take in future. 3. Interaction and responsiveness from faculty is minimal at best. Any progress at engaging researchers to get involved with supervising students or getting involved will likely only happen if they know the Research Rep already, or if someone higher-up in the College initiates or “encourages” tem to get involved.

Contact information

Name Email Address Year in Position
Jake Pushie jake.pushie@usask.ca 2015-2016
Danny Meyer danny.meyer@usask.ca 2014-2015