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Saskatchewan-Waterloo Games User Research Program

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Welcome to SWaGUR!


The Saskatchewan-Waterloo Games User Research (SWaGUR) program is the first of its kind in Canada. Addressing human-computer interaction, digital information, and communications technologies, this initiative will generate technologies and provide training in the development of technologies that change how people interact with digital information.

The program brings together researchers from a magnitude of disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Waterloo, as well as industry partners around the globe. This team of world-leading games researchers with backgrounds in science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities will guide students and provide the expertise needed to become a games user researcher.

This graduate level program was developed to train students completing their Masters or PhD degree with the necessary skills to become a games user researcher.

Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative, the program aims to ease and support the transition of young researchers as they advance from trainees to become productive employees. 

"This investment will give some of this country's best and brightest natural sciences and engineering graduate students and postdoctoral fellow a strong foundation of life skills, with an emphasis on team-building, communications, and successful scientific collaborations."

- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

Still have questions? Visit the official SWaGUR website.

The SWaGUR program has partnered with the following industry partners to further student training in games user research:

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Contact SWaGUR Coordinators


University of Waterloo

Emily West (elwest@uwaterloo.ca)

University of Saskatchewan

Lenore West (lenore.west@usask.ca)


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