Update 2022

Here’s what we have been up to The group welcomed three new graduate students this Fall: Will Lawton (Neuroscience), Zoe Lord (Chemistry) and Shauna Schechtel (Chemistry). Phung Nguyen completed her M.Sc. in October 2022! Her thesis is titled “Exploring how encoding modality affects memory performance in organic chemistry” She is now working as a tutor and is looking for other opportunities. Our Undergraduate Researchers We also welcomed three new undergraduate thesis project students:Jackson, Sarah, and Yifan. Here they are at the undergraduate poster session!

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3-Minute Thesis 2022

1 slide, 3 minutes, no props! Phung gave an excellent presentation at this year’s 3-Minute Thesis #3MT competition. Learn more here: 3 Minute Thesis | Queen’s University (queensu.ca)

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Closing the divide between ‘green’ and ‘organic’ chemistry

Over the summer, our group has been working on a new project: developing ‘plug-and-play’ organic chemistry modules that connect the classic topics (e.g., Michael additions) with green and sustainable chemistry. This project will create an Open Educational Resource (OER) that addresses both organic chemistry and green chemistry learning outcomes. We’re making the content so that educators can easily integrate the modules into any organic chemistry curriculum. Helping lead this project is Dr. Alaina Boyd (left), our PDF-turned-collaborator and green chemistry expert. We’re also working with experts across Canadian institutions – Dr. Le (YorkU), Dr. Dicks (UofT), and Dr. Jessop (Queen’s).…

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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! 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!

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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…

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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.

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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! The summer was a great success in learning how to build our research community online. On campus, our lab…

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Our research is now funded by NSERC!

It’s been difficult to keep this news under wraps… the Government of Canada officially announced the NSERC Discovery Grant results, and our research program was funded! We’ll use to funds to study cognition in chemistry, specifically exploring how the brain encodes and manipulates scientific models.

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Some good news!

Welcome to the new students joining the group (remotely) this summer 🌞 Welcome to Manisha Blaskevitch, a student entering her 4th year in chemistry, and congratulations for being awarded an NSERC-USRA for this summer! And welcome to Alex Hemmerich, a 2nd year Concurrent Education student who won a Queen’s USSRF fellowship for his summer research project. We’re moving our research studies online using the gorilla.sc platform, stay tuned for more on that! Share and celebrate good news 🎉 Congratulations to Galen for being accepted into graduate studies at McGill! His passion for green chemistry and sustainability is everything we like…

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Undergrad thesis presentations

What a weird way to end the semester! Congratulations to Josh and Katie who pulled through with fantastic virtual presentations of their thesis work. Josh wrapped up analyzing his pilot eye-tracking data with some very cool findings for us to explore in future work! Katie completed a huge amount of work with her in-depth textbook analysis, and provided an incredibly insightful discussion of the results.

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