I’m Amanda Bongers, a chemist and researcher studying how people learn.
I am an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, where I lead a research laboratory. Before this, I did educational and neuroscience research as a post-doc at uOttawa & the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Institute. I have a PhD in organic chemistry and a BSc in biochemistry.
Amanda joined Queen’s in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry with a focus on chemistry education research. Amanda grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario, where she learned by exploring and asking questions about nature. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2011) in the co-operative program at the University of Waterloo, where she grew a passion for synthetic organic chemistry. She went on to complete her Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry (2016) at the University of Ottawa with Prof. André Beauchemin, synthesizing many new and colourful heterocycles along the way. She then took a postdoctoral position (2016-2019) in the fields of Chemistry Education and Neuroscience, under the supervision of Prof. Alison Flynn (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Georg Northoff (Royal Ottawa Mental Health Institute).
Prof. Bongers currently teaches CHEM 112 – General Chemistry and CHEM 803 – Science Communication.
My approach to teaching is to use the best available science on learning,1 which stems from my own curiosity into the process of learning and cognition. I am guided by philosophies of collaboration, student agency, care, Land Back,2 and the role of higher education in answering the UN Call to Action for Sustainable Development.3
- Chemistry or science education research journals are an excellent resource:
Journal of Chemical Education
Chemistry Education Research and Practice
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Mind, Brain, and Education
- See “Decolonization is not a metaphor” by Tuck & Yang
and What Is Land Back? from the Suzuki foundation.
- See Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT & Education
Assistant Professor, Queen’s University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Ottawa (Northoff) & University of Ottawa (Alison Flynn)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Ottawa (André Beauchemin)
Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry, Co-operative Program, University of Waterloo
CIC IUPAC Travel Award, $2500
Green Chemistry & Catalysis Poster Prize Winner, £500
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters
Excellence Scholarship, University of Ottawa
President’s Scholarship, University of Waterloo
Waterloo County Entrance Scholarship, University of Waterloo
Publications & Patents
See my publications page.
Instructor, CHEM 803 “Principles of Scientific Communication”, Graduate level
Instructor, CHEM 112 “General Chemistry”, Undergraduate level
Teacher, ACS Green Chemistry Summer School 2020 [cancelled due to COVID19]
Volunteer & Outreach
Faculty Advisor Queen’s Chemistry Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Society
Lead of the Student-in-Residence Program, Chemistry, Experience Venture
Volunteer Judge, Canada-Wide Science Fair
Invited Speaker at the IYCN Virtual Workshop on “Science Outreach”
Mentor, Bonds for Success program by the CIC Kingston Division
Science Ambassador and Volunteer Researcher, Evidence for Democracy, Ottawa
Graduate & Mentor, “Mentor STEM Leaders” Program, WISE Ottawa
Appointed Member, Faculty EDII Council, Queen’s
Elected Member, Appointments Committee, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s
Chair, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Queen’s
Member, STEM:InA Hiring Committee, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s
Member, QNS Review Committee Advisory to the Dean, Queen’s
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s
Past Professional Expereince
Research Associate (Co-op), Xerox Research Centre Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
NSERC USRA Research Student (Co-op), Chong Research Lab, University of Waterloo
R&D Analyst (Co-op) Piramal (formerly Torcan Chemical), Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Laboratory Technician (Co-op) Air Quality Division Environment Canada, Ottawa, Ontario