What your financial support means for students
Each year the University of Regina Faculty Association awards three bursaries to students — the Dr. Peter Hemingway Bursary, the Faye Rafter Bursary, the Dr. Sarah Shorten Memorial Bursary. The financial support made possible by URFA members helps students achieve their goals. Read on to find out how your support made a difference this past year.
Maria Azam, 2020 recipient of the Dr. Peter Hemingway Bursary
This spring, Maria Azam completed her third year of a four-year Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Creative Technologies. She received the URFA Dr. Peter Hemingway Memorial Bursary to support her most recent year of studies.
“Receiving this award allows me to be stable in my last year of undergraduate education, enabling me to work towards my goals with reduced financial burden,” says Azam. “Ultimately, this award brings me one step further on a path of bridging the gap between art and technology to create digital tools that promote a more positive future for my community.”
The potential of technology to create a positive future is part of what interested Azam in studying computer science. This field allows her to combine her artistic abilities and creative interest with technology in ways that will have a positive impact in society. This summer, through an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, Azam is part of a team that is developing an augmented reality application that will assist people living with dementia with their daily routines.
Chisom Imegwu, 2020 recipient of Dr. Sarah Shorten Memorial Bursary
This year, Chisom Imegwu graduates with a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Petroleum Systems Engineering. In her fourth and final year of studies, she received the URFA Dr. Sarah Shorten Memorial Bursary.
“It means a lot, especially with the pandemic,” says Imegwu, of receiving the support. “I think everybody knew that students and a lot of other people were facing difficulties with being able to afford school. It was really nice to know that the faculty association was definitely in support of helping students.”
Having grown up with engineers among her family and friends, engineering has been a longstanding area of interest for Imegwu. Through a co-op placement in her third year, Imegwu developed an interest in the areas of pipeline integrity — ensuring a pipeline functions properly — and in project management. She is aiming to find a position in a similar area of work now that her studies are complete.
Nadine Hiltz, 2020 recipient of the Faye Rafter Bursary
Nadine Hiltz is pursuing a Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work.