meet the group
Alison Flynn, Ph.D.
Prof Flynn thinks about students' learning... a lot! When not doing that, she plays ultimate, kayaks, bikes, coaches a little soccer, and has a great time with her family.
Kelli Galloway, Ph.D.
A novel curriculum has been implemented into the organic chemistry courses with instruction beginning with mechanisms prior to learning specific reactions or reaction types. My research will investigate student learning in this new curriculum by exploring how students think about reactions having first learned the language of mechanisms.
Amanda Bongers, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate
I am studying how the use of technology and multimedia influences learning of organic reaction mechanisms. This project will explore how students’ understanding of symbolism changes while they learn. This is a collaboration with the Georg Northoff neuroscience group at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Mark Raycroft, Ph.D.
The organic chemistry curriculum at the University of Ottawa has been redesigned to incorporate a patterns-of-mechanism model. My research is focused on assembling and implementing an evaluation framework that will inform testable modification strategies.
Nicholas Bodé, B.Sc.
I am working on students’ problem-solving approaches to organic synthesis, with the goal of informing instruction at the undergraduate level.
Natalie M. Sadowski, B.Sc. Chemistry
Chemistry is a subject that uses its own language made up of symbols and representations, in lieu of words and grammar. My research focuses on how students "read" chemistry language, in particular curved arrow formalisms.
Rebecca Visser, B.Sc. Biomedical Science, Minor in Business Administration in progress (4th year)
I am working to help discover how organic chemistry online learning modules help students develop metacognitive skill, with specific focus on learning organic reaction mechanisms.
Michael Min Wah Leung, B.Sc. Biochemistry with Option in Microbiology and Immunology in progress (4th year)
4th year research student
Chemistry presents ample amounts of reactions to explore. My research will develop analytical methods to examine processes involved in how students and professors make connections across reactions.
Past group members
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Declan Webber — Honours student and co-organizer of the Science Preparatory workshop 2015-2016 — B.Sc. Biomedical Science
Delphine Amellal — B.Éd. cycle Intermédiaire/Supérieur spécialisé chimie et mathématique (Intermediate /Superior division specialized in chemistry and math) in progress
Hayley Sprigings — Summer student 2016 — B.Sc. Biochemistry in progress (4th year)
Quinn Ingram — UROP student 2016 — B.Sc. Biochemistry / B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering in progress (3rd year)
Ryan Featherstone—Summer student and RA, 2015–2016—B.Sc. in progress (4th year)
Sarang Gupta—UROP student 2016—B.Sc. in progress (3rd year)
Joëlle Veilleux Deschênes, B.Sc. Biology, B.Sc. Psychology — Honours student 2014–2015 — MBA (in progress)
Jessica Simoneau, B.Sc. — Summer student 2015 — Presently a translator for the Department of Engineering at the University of Ottawa
Nicholas Bodé, B.Sc. – Honours student 2014–2015 — M.Sc. candidate Flynn group
John Giorgi – UROP & summer student 2015—B.Sc. in progress (4th year)
Sareena McDonald, B.Sc. – UROP student 2014
Melissa Daviau-Duguay, B.Sc. – Summer student 2011–2013
Carlee Stoyanovich, B.Sc. – UROP student 2014 – M.Sc. candidate, Windsor University
Sheniz Eryzulu, B.Sc. – Summer student 2013
Julie Roy, B.Sc., M.Sc.– Summer student 2013
Aneri Gandhi, B.Sc.– UROP student 2012 – Pharmacy student, University of Toronto
Maria Syoufi, B.Sc. – UROP student 2012
Gurpreet Sambhi, B.Sc. – Volunteer – Ph.D. student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Robyn Biggs, B.Sc., Ph.D. – Summer student 2008 – Assistant professor, University of Oklahoma
Eric Bilodeau, B.Sc. – Summer student 2008 – Medical school