Dr. Regan Mandryk Awarded GSA Advising Excellence Award



Graduate Students’ Association

The 2018 Graduate Students’ Association Advising Excellence Award is presented to Dr. Regan Mandryk for her excellent supervisory and mentoring skills as well as her exceptional support for her advisees’ ideas, scholarly work, and financial needs. Dr. Mandryk embodies the capacity to stimulate graduate students to think critically and creatively, while enhancing their graduate student learning experience.

Regan Mandryk is a professor in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan; she pioneered the area of physiological evaluation for computer games in her award-winning Ph.D. research at Simon Fraser University with support from Electronic Arts. With over 200 publications that have been cited thousands of times (including one of Google Scholar’s 10 classic papers in HCI from 2006), she continues to investigate novel ways of understanding player experience in partnership with multiple industrial and international collaborators, but also develops and evaluates persuasive games, games for health, games for special populations, and games that foster interpersonal relationships. Regan has been the invited keynote speaker at several international game conferences, led Games research in the Canadian GRAND Network, organizes international conferences including the inaugural CHI PLAY, the inaugural CHI Games Subcommittee, and CHI 2018, and leads the first ever Canadian graduate training program on games user research (SWaGUR.ca) with $2.5 million of support from NSERC. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s inaugural College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014, received the University of Saskatchewan New Researcher Award in 2015 and the Canadian Association for Computer Science’s Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Researcher Prize in 2016. She is particularly proud that she is a three-time recipient of the Department of Computer Science Excellence in Supervision Award (2012, 2014, 2017).