Archived Awards

Dr. Regan Mandryk inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Dr. Regan Mandryk, a Computer Science professor and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, was selected as an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Mandryk is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of affective computing, and her work is redefining the role of video games and other forms of technology to improve lifestyle choices. She focuses on incorporating fitness and other therapeutic processes into video games, and examines ways to track a user’s emotions while using computers.


Mandryk was welcomed into the RSC college, along with 88 other young scholars from across Canada in the winter of 2014. All nominees for the RSC college must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent qualification within the last 15 years. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC): the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian organization of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. It is Canada’s national academy. The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, established by the RSC this year, is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian academics.

Distinguished Researcher Award

Established in 1992, the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher Award is presented semi-annually to a faculty member who has made a major contribution to knowledge or artistic creativity in their area of expertise. The recipients of this award are innovators in areas as diverse as the humanities, sciences, social sciences, engineering, law, pharmacy, education, and veterinary medicine.


Dr. Carl Gutwin is one of the world’s foremost experts on the fundamental role of awareness in the design of distributed groupware: software that enables people to work together over computer networks. His work has greatly increased our understanding of how to support rich and productive group work at a distance. Gutwin’s more than 160 publications have been cited more than 4,400 times.
 Fueled by the recent transformation of computers from their roles as business machines and game consoles to lifestyle commodities, computer-human interaction (CHI) is currently one of the strongest and most competitive areas of computer science. 

Gutwin is recognized internationally for his contributions to CHI. He was recently inducted into the CHI Academy, a distinction held by only three other Canadian faculty members and only 80 members worldwide. This distinction puts Gutwin in the company of the true pioneers of computing. He received the U of S Distinguished Researcher Award in 2014.

Alumni of Influence

The Alumni of Influence awards are a public way for the College of Arts & Science to recognize and celebrate our very distinguished alumni; the awards signal to today’s students that they are part of a vibrant and accomplished college.

After graduating from the Universtiy of Saskatchewan, Dr. Keith Geddes continued his studies at the University of Toronto, where he completed an M.Sc. in computer science in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1973. That same year, he joined the University of Waterloo as a faculty member in Computer Science, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. His research interests lie in the areas of computer algebra systems, algebraic algorithms and hybrid symbolic-numeric algorithms for scientific computation.

Geddes was one of the two researchers who initiated the University of Waterloo research project in 1980 that led to the Maple computer algebra system. In 1988, he co-founded Waterloo Maple Inc. (now Maplesoft) and served for many years on its board of directors. He has served as scientific director of the Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra (ORCCA) based at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Waterloo.

Geddes is the author or co-author of nearly 50 research publications on topics related to scientific computation and computer algebra algorithms and systems. He is the leading author of the groundbreaking textbook Algorithms for Computer Algebra (with co-authors Czapor and Labahn) and was a major contributor to the foundational algorithms for the Maple computer algebra system.

Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award

The Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award has been established to honour those faculty members who excel in the supervision of graduate students. Dr. Julita Vassileva was awarded this honorable recognition at this past Fall Convocation ceremony in 2014.julita-vasseliva

The University of Saskatchewan recognizes that working with graduate students is one of its primary functions and, accordingly, it expects its faculty members to strive towards excellence in this activity. An atmosphere in which excellence in graduate student supervision is not only encouraged but also acknowledged in a tangible and visible manner must be created. As one step toward achieving this end, the Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award has been established.

USSU Teaching Excellence Awards 

Dr. Daniel Neilson had received a USSU Teaching Excellence Award for the 2012-2013 academic year. During the time Dr. Neilson worked for the Department of Computer Science, he had taught "Introduction to Computer Science and Programming" (CMPT111) and "Intermediate Data Structures and Algorithms" (CMPT 280). This award exemplifies his passion for both Computer Science and teaching. Dr. Neilson had previously won the "Professor of the Year" in 2011-2012, voted by the Computer Science Students' Society and their members. The USSU's Teaching Excellence Awards program recognizes Professors and Teaching Assistants who demonstrate teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. An excellent teacher not only gives us access to knowledge, but also gives us the tools with which to turn that knowledge into wisdom. Students evaluate teachers and their environment in a number of ways; three important areas include enthusiasm, organization, and fairness of evaluation. The culmination of these aspects leads to an environment where students feel free to explore, critique, grow, and become leaders.

Dr. Neilson was also awarded the Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award
 in 2013. Teaching by Sessional Lecturers is of major importance in fulfilling the University’s commitment to giving all students first-rate instruction. The Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award sponsored by The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness annually recognizes the important and essential contribution of sessional lecturers to the University of Saskatchewan's teaching community. It celebrates exceptional competence in teaching - including superior command of the subject area, skills at organizing and developing class materials, and the capacity to motivate and inspire students.


2013 AwardsRecipient
Dean's Medal in Arts and Science Yichen Dang
University Medal in Sciences Yichen Dang

Governor General’s Gold Medal 

(awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level)

David Flatla
Most Outstanding Graduate in Bioinformatics  Carolyn Caron
Most Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science  Julian Miller