Sponsored by the friends and colleagues of Margaret–Ann Armour including the Chemical Education Fund, CSC Inorganic Division, CIC Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division, University of Alberta, Office of Science & Society at McGill University, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Brock University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Donations to the Margaret-Ann Armour Award endowment may be made through the Chemical Education Fund.
This award is presented in memory of Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour as a mark of recognition to an early career educator who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to undergraduate education at the post-secondary level in the chemical sciences, chemical engineering, or chemical technology.
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The 2021 winner of the Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education is:
Leah Martin-Visscher, MCIC
Leah Martin-Visscher is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at The King’s University, Edmonton. Trained as a high school chemistry teacher before launching her university career, Leah is an engaging and captivating teacher and mentor, whether in the classroom, her research lab, sharing her work at a conference, or leading outreach activities with elementary students. Rooted in pedagogical practices that encourage self-reflection and reach various learning styles, Leah’s classroom is a space where students explore the many connections between disciplinary knowledge, experimentation and the human-side of chemistry. Her research with undergraduates, which explores the use of bacteriophages and antimicrobial peptides for food preservation, provides students with challenging and rewarding experiences, equipping them with the tools needed to enter into and succeed in a variety of chemistry-related careers, ranging from graduate studies, to industry, to teaching. Leah’s research interests also include a focus on chemistry education, particularly the importance of teaching through rich-contexts and facilitating opportunities for students to use learning outcomes as a meaningful tool to guide their own learning. Reminiscent of the legacy of Margaret-Ann Armour, Leah’s outreach activities inspire and invite elementary and high school students to participate in the wonders and possibilities of chemistry.