Participate in a research study!

As researchers in the Chemistry Education Research group we’re constantly working to improve education through research. We are always seeking volunteers to participate in our research studies. We look for undergraduate students taking chemistry courses, and also graduate students and professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences.  The results of this research will be used to improve current organic chemistry learning. Your participation is important to help make this project a success! Please check below for our current research studies and recruitment needs.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY MECHANISM WORKSHOP

How to participate: show up with a laptop, headphones and a molecular kit!

Who can participate: students enrolled in CHM1321 or CHM1721

Note: the study will only take place in English, and the first 100 participants will receive a 10$ Amazon gift card.

When: Wednesday February 13th at 5:30 pm in CRX040

Our goal is to investigate the impact of an online mechanistic module to further improve student learning and success. Your participation will consist of completing a worksheet assessing your current knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms, followed by a tutorial on how to use molecular kits, and a second worksheet followed by participation in a 1 hour tutorial on organic chemistry mechanisms. Immediately following the tutorial, you will be asked to complete a third worksheet on organic reaction mechanisms.

The uOttawa Heath Science and Science Research Ethics Board granted permission to conduct this research. Your responses would be confidential and you would be given a pseudonym to protect your identity. Participation is voluntary, will not affect your course grade, and your professor will not know if you participate.

USING BRAIN IMAGING TO STUDY LEARNING

Note: This study will resume in the Fall of 2018

How to participate: fill out this form – https://goo.gl/forms/61cHSjLixavnLuJI3 

Who can participate: students who are enrolled at the University of Ottawa

Note: the study will only take place in English.

Do you think organic chemistry is a challenging topic? You’re not alone! Organic chemistry is filled with symbolism that represents the reactivity of molecules, which can be confusing. This is why our next study involves brain imaging while students learn a new reaction mechanism. Participants will receive an amazon.ca gift certificate as compensation for their time. If you want to learn more and are interested in helping with our research, email abongers@uottawa.ca or click in the button below!

 

The Royal Ottawa Research Ethics Board granted permission to conduct this research.


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 2018–2019

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.