Tri-University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA)

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TUGSA purpose

The Tri-University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA) was established in 2007 to help bring together the graduate students from the three universities of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. Our organization has three primary goals:

  • foster student community
  • maintain communication among the three departments and their students
  • strengthen the connections among the three universities. 

We hold a variety of different social and academic events throughout the year that rotate between Waterloo and Guelph, providing every student with an equal opportunity to participate in the growth and success of the Tri-University student community.

2020-21 TUGSA Presidents

University of Guelph

Thomas Littlewood wearing jacket with bookshelf background

Thomas Littlewood studies modern Canadian history at the University of Guelph. His dissertation focuses on Canadian Commemoration of the Second World War and public history. He also loves music, knitting, and Ontario craft beer.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Paul Mansell in front of a book case

Paul Mansell studies military, medical, and early modern European history at Wilfrid Laurier University. His dissertation examines the reactions of the medical community and the Royal Navy to the worst typhus epidemic of the 18th century. His interests also include the history of technology, the past and present natural world, and kayaking.

University of Waterloo

Rebecca MacAlpine wearing hat outdoors with pink flowers beside her head

Rebecca MacAlpine studies early modern and digital history at the University of Waterloo. Her current research engages with network and discourse analysis to understand the complex relationship between community and judicial networks in cases of gender-based violence in seventeenth-century England. She also loves reading all types of fiction, reality tv, and spending time with her golden retriever.