A send-off to our graduating 4th-year students

Congrats to Manisha, James, Evan, and Sarah who all successfully wrapped up their research projects and finished their undergraduate programs!

We are still learning how Teams works…

Manisha is going on to pursue a master’s in Epidemiology at McGill

James and Evan are both pursuing further degrees in education at Queen’s

And Sarah is now a Brand Ambassador for Beiersdorf!

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.