University of Saskatchewan

October 01, 2014   

Interesting Facts

Research, Scholarly, and Artistic Achievement

Excellence in research, scholarly and artistic work has garnered many awards for the university, including:

  • The University of Saskatchewan has produced two Nobel Laureates: Gerhard Herzberg and Henry Taube (both in Chemistry)
  • Five U of S faculty have been awarded Killam Research Fellowships through the Canada Council for the Arts: Robert Kerrich (Geological Sciences), John Courtney, David Smith and Norman Ward (Political Studies), and Kiyoshi Izumi (Environmental Studies, Regina Campus, now the University of Regina).
  • U of S technology firsts: numerous “firsts” have been born through ingenuity at the U of S, including the R-2000 standard for energy-efficient homes, the first Canadian experiment aboard the space shuttle, and the first cobalt-60 radiation therapy unit to treat cancer.

Size and Scope

  • The University of Saskatchewan is the province’s largest research organization, with annual research revenue of more than $100 million – about 15 per cent of total university revenue.
  • Research, scholarly, and artistic activity at the University of Saskatchewan takes place in more than 100 campus buildings and at Innovation Place, a 30-hectare research park on campus.
  • Facilities and property directly owned and managed by the U of S amount to 465,000 square metres of floor space and 700 hectares of land. This includes an on-campus university farm, three major university-owned farms and a number of experimental plots.

Student Body

  • When classes are in session, the University of Saskatchewan has a total daytime population of about 30,000 people – enough to make it the province’s fifth-largest city, were it a separate community. About two-thirds of this population is students, with the balance made up of about 1,000 faculty plus administrative and support staff.
  • As of 2004-05, there were more than 1,900 graduate students (Masters and PhD) at the U of S. This is nearly 130 more than the previous year, continuing an upward trend for the last five years.
  • Since the University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907 with 70 students and a staff of five, it has granted degrees, certificates and diplomas to about 128,000 people.
  • There are about 90,000 U of S graduates living in Canada. About 55,000 of these live in Saskatchewan, 16,000 in Alberta, and 8,000 in British Columbia. About one in 10 alumni live elsewhere in Canada, 3,000 live in the United States, and 1,800 in other parts of the world.