Participate in a research study!

The Flynn group is always seeking volunteers to participate in our research studies. We look for undergraduate students taking chemistry courses, and also graduate students and professors in Departments of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences.  Please check below for our current research studies and recruitment needs. 

We are conducting studies on how students learn organic reaction mechanisms. Our goal is to investigate the impact of a change to the curriculum to further improve student learning and success in chemistry. Research with past participants have had large impacts; you can read more of our studies here. The uOttawa Heath Science and Science Research Ethics Board granted permission to conduct this research.

To participate in this study, you would sit down with a member of our research group for a one-on-one interview where the researcher would ask you to complete some tasks about organic reaction mechanisms, then ask you follow-up questions about the tasks. The interview would be audio and video recorded, and some of our studies involve eye-tracking (the computer’s camera tracks eye movements). Your responses would be confidential and you would be given a pseudonym to protect your identity.

Everyone who participates will receive a $10 gift card. Participation is voluntary, will not affect your course grade, and your professor will not know if you participate.

To participate, please click the link above!


What is chemistry education research, and why should you participate? 

Why should I participate in a research study? By participating, you’ll: - help graduate students with their thesis research - help future chemistry students - be introduced to new and important concepts in organic chemistry - learn about how research works - meet members of your research community in the Chemistry Department - receive a $10 gift card -  likely learn something about yourself!

Why should I participate in a research study?

By participating, you’ll:

- help graduate students with their thesis research

- help future chemistry students

- be introduced to new and important concepts in organic chemistry

- learn about how research works

- meet members of your research community in the Chemistry Department

- receive a $10 gift card

 likely learn something about yourself!

What if I make a chemistry mistake? That’s ok! We are interested in your reasoning and understanding of concepts, and not if you are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. We want you share with us what you think, no matter how accurate you are. In fact, we learn from your mistakes how to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry. Since your grade or status are NOT affected by your participation, if you make a mistake there will be no negative consequence for you! Plus, since your privacy is protected, any mistake or response you give is not associated with your identity. 

What if I make a chemistry mistake?

That’s ok! We are interested in your reasoning and understanding of concepts, and not if you are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. We want you share with us what you think, no matter how accurate you are. In fact, we learn from your mistakes how to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry.

Since your grade or status are NOT affected by your participation, if you make a mistake there will be no negative consequence for you!

Plus, since your privacy is protected, any mistake or response you give is not associated with your identity. 

Will I be recorded? Why? During interviews, we can’t catch everything you say. We like to record using audio and video to have an accurate account of what was said during the interview. If we use a video camera, the lens will be pointed at your hands to capture what you draw or do during the interview and not your face. The recordings are always kept secured and private.

Will I be recorded? Why?

During interviews, we can’t catch everything you say. We like to record using audio and video to have an accurate account of what was said during the interview. If we use a video camera, the lens will be pointed at your hands to capture what you draw or do during the interview and not your face. The recordings are always kept secured and private.

Will my name be used or published? No, you will be given a pseudonym to protect your identity. Only the researcher will know your name. 

Will my name be used or published?

No, you will be given a pseudonym to protect your identity. Only the researcher will know your name. 

What happens during an interview? During an interview, a researcher will ask you questions about different organic chemistry topics. You might be asked to solve organic chemistry questions that are familiar or unfamiliar to you, or you might be asked more general questions about your knowledge of organic chemistry topics. Sometimes you might be asked about your ideas toward learning organic chemistry. In these cases, we are interested in your thoughts and experiences regarding different parts of your chemistry education.

What happens during an interview?

During an interview, a researcher will ask you questions about different organic chemistry topics. You might be asked to solve organic chemistry questions that are familiar or unfamiliar to you, or you might be asked more general questions about your knowledge of organic chemistry topics.

Sometimes you might be asked about your ideas toward learning organic chemistry. In these cases, we are interested in your thoughts and experiences regarding different parts of your chemistry education.

Are there other risks? All our research is first approved by the Research Ethics Board, and you’ll be made fully aware of any risks that the study poses.

Are there other risks?

All our research is first approved by the Research Ethics Board, and you’ll be made fully aware of any risks that the study poses.

Will participating in a study affect my grade in class? No, and your professors will not be told about your participation in the study. If Prof. Flynn is teaching your course, she doesn’t get access to the list until grades are finalized.

Will participating in a study affect my grade in class?

No, and your professors will not be told about your participation in the study. If Prof. Flynn is teaching your course, she doesn’t get access to the list until grades are finalized.

How long will it take? We usually allot 1-2 hours for a student to participate. This time varies from study to study. Sometimes studies last only 30 minutes, but sometimes they last the full two hours.

How long will it take?

We usually allot 1-2 hours for a student to participate. This time varies from study to study. Sometimes studies last only 30 minutes, but sometimes they last the full two hours.


Undergraduates

currently Accepting applications for honours students 2017–2018

Frequently available positions include:

Honours Project

Summer Student Through Work Study Program

Co-op Work Term

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project Scholarship (UROP)

 

Graduate studies 

**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS**

Graduate Studies in Chemistry with a Focus on Chemistry Education Research - Must Enroll in a Graduate Level Program or Teaching Courses.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

**NO POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME; POSITIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE WHEN AVAILABLE**

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry with a Focus on Chemistry Education Research.