2020 Wrap-up

Clockwise from the top left: Santosh, Evan, James, Phung, Joey, Manisha (Prof. Bongers in the inset)


I am so proud of the research group this year, thank you for a job well done!!

Welcome Sarah!

Part way through the term, Sarah Gulycz joined the group as our first jointly-supervised 4th year thesis student. She is working with our group and Prof. Zhe She to create some evidence-based learning activities for an analytical chemistry course.

Fourth-year Poster Day!

The poster day looked different this year, it was run as a live session in Teams! Evan, James, Manisha, and Sarah all presented their work from this Fall and their plans for 2021.

Alex Hemmerich (Summer 2020) made us proud!

The USSRF scholarship provides excellent students the opportunity to do social science and humanities research over the summer. For the program’s final event, Alex presented his work with confidence to the Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Principal Research, which led to a spirited discussion. We are fortunate to have a student like Alex to represent the research group to our university leaders!


Amanda wins a prize at Commonwealth Chemistry – Partnership for the Goals

The inaugural Commonwealth Chemistry Congress in Trinidad and Tobago was postponed until sometime next year, but this summer the Royal Society of Chemistry hosted a virtual poster session: Commonwealth Chemistry – Partnership for the Goals

Great news – Prof. Bongers’ poster was selected for a prize in the Green Chemistry & Catalysis theme!

This was a wonderful event that showcased research from across the world, united in pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the virtual conference in this CIC News article Sustained in cyberspace — cancelled conference carries on.

Welcome new group members!

This Fall we have plenty of new faces joining our group! Phung Nguyen, our first graduate student, started her Masters in Chemistry this Fall. We also have Evan Noronha and James Ingman joining to complete their 4th year research projects. Manisha Blaskevitch will stay on to continue research for a 4th year project, and was accepted into the Accelerated Masters Program!

We also have two new 2nd year students joining us through the Work Study program: Joey Liu and Santosh Pillarisetty!

Phung Nguyen
Evan Noronha
James Ingman

Summer 2020 Group Photo – Alex & Manisha

The summer was a great success in learning how to build our research community online. On campus, our lab renovations are almost complete.


Welcome Josh, Katie, and Galen who joined the group this Fall! Josh & Katie are doing their 4th year projects, and Galen joined as part of the Work Study program.

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Join our group!

We are looking for graduate students to join the Queen’s Chemistry Education Research Group in 2020. We study how students learn in chemistry and work to develop more effective teaching methods and tools. Our research is interdisciplinary, so many backgrounds are relevant and encouraged to apply! Graduate students in this environment will lead their own research projects and must be highly motivated and take ownership of their education.

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Prof. Bongers with your resume/CV.

Most graduate students will be working towards a Masters or Ph.D. in Chemistry, so background knowledge of chemistry is important. Check the application guidelines for graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University.

There is also the opportunity to join the group as a graduate student in Neuroscience. through the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, contact Prof. Bongers for more details.

Queen’s and the QCER group are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.