IPHRC sat down with doctoral student Serene Smyth to ask her more about her research and her CIHR Doctoral Research Award - Reseach in First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit Health, worth $108,000.00 over 3 years.
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What is your connection to IPHRC? 
This is my second year as an IPHRC doctoral student
Tell us about your research project:
For my doctoral research I’m going to be looking at how physical activity affects the health of Aboriginal university students. I'm interested in how physical activity can enhance mental health, learning, and engagement for Aboriginal university students.
What is your primary area of research?
My primary area of research is Kinesiology.
How has your relationship with IPHRC supported you in your research?
IPHRC has supported me as a young researcher through the relationships they have facilitated for me; IPHRC connects me to other Aboriginal health researchers. I get to be part of a group of students all working in the same area and I have the support of leading health researchers within IPHRC. It also connects me on a national level to others in my area of research. Each year IPHRC students and researchers get together with other Aboriginal health research centers across the country at a national gathering. I have gotten a lot of great feedback on my work at these gatherings and this has furthered my commitment to my research. Also I am so thankful for the financial support I have received through IPHRC. The funding has allowed me to pursue my doctorate.
What are your future plans and goals in your research and academic career?
Once I am done my PhD I will likely pursue a faculty position in a department of Kinesiology. I really enjoy community-based research and am now moving into intervention research. I hope to continue on to conduct research that makes real changes in individuals and communities through physical activity.
Congratulations, Serene!
For more information on IPHRC's award-winning students and researchers, click below:
Cassandra Opikokew, IPHRC Associate Director and doctoral student at Johnson-Shoyama School for Public Policy
Nuno Ribeiro, IPHRC Postdoctoral fellow
Deanna Bickford, IPHRC doctoral student at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

For more information about this story, please contact:

Cassie Ozog
Research Officer
Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC)
CK 115 University of Regina
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Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Ph: (306) 337-2437
Fax: (306) 585-5694
Email: Cassandra.Ozog@uregina.ca