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.

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 platform, stay tuned for more on that!

Alex Hemmerich

Awarded an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship.

Manisha Blaskevitch

Earned an NSERC-Undergraduate Student Research Award.

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 to see in young scientists.

Katie was scooped up by Environment and Climate Change Canada in Ottawa to start a new job as a policy engineer, and they are lucky to have her! Josh also secured a great job in Ottawa in the Sales Leadership Development Program with Fritolay, so we’ll have a group reunion in the Ottawa area sometime in the future!

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.

first 3 slides of presentation

Josh wrapped up analyzing his pilot eye-tracking data with some very cool findings for us to explore in future work!

first 3 slides of presentation

Katie completed a huge amount of work with her in-depth textbook analysis, and provided an incredibly insightful discussion of the results.


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.