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Congratulations to Julie McNutt!

Congratulations to Julie McNutt for receiving the UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! This award is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at UBC. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at the university, winning this award is a remarkable achievement.

Julie has shown dedication and commitment to teaching excellence at UBC, making a positive impact on not only individual students but...

Congratulations to Prof. Russ Algar!

Associate Professor Russ Algar as been awarded the W.A.E McBryde Medal by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The award is presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

Congratulations Professor Algar!


Congratulations to Jaclyn Stewart!

Associate Professor of Teaching Jaclyn Stewart has been awarded the CIC Award for Chemistry Education. This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering at post secondary education level. Read more here


Congratulations Jaclyn!

Congratulations to Jason Hein!

Professor Jason Hein has been awarded the honour of presenting his outstanding research as a Fagnou Lecturer for the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The lectureship is named in honour of Keith Fagnou, who was an outstanding young chemist and esteemed colleague before his passing in 2009. 

Congratulations Jason!

Congratulations to Gren Patey!

Professor Gren Patey has been named the 2022 Honorary Lecturer by the Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists (CATC) Honorary Lectureship Committee!

This honour is given to an individual who has made significant contributions in theoretical/computational chemistry and/or to the Canadian theoretical and computational chemistry community. Gren will present a plenary lecture at the 2022 Canadian Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, June 27- July 1, 2022 in Kelowna,...

Chemistry Researchers Awarded $1.87 Million in CIHR Funding

Congratulations to Professors Hongbin Li and David Perrin for being awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grant fall competition, to investigate a range of health areas, including tissue repair, spinal cord injury and chronic pain.

UBC researchers in Zoology and the Michael Smith Laboratories also received funding alongside Profs. Li and Perrin, for a grand total of $6.12 million awarded to UBC researchers.

61 projects are being lead...

Congratulations to Nathan Paisley!

Nathan Paisley, from the Hudson Group, has won the MSED Graduate Award in Polymer Chemistry from the Chemical Institute of Canada. This award recognizes Canada’s top Ph.D. student in polymer science.

This is also the second consecutive time a UBC Chemistry student has won this award - last year's winner was Ethan Sauvé.

Congratulations Nathan!

Congratulations to Anka Lekhi!

Anka Lekhi, Associate Professor of Teaching, is being honoured as one of 10 recipients for the 2021 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Awards.

This award recognizes members in the Science community who have gone above and beyond their regular duties, have made significant contributions and demonstrated exceptional leadership in their departments. Their initiatives also provided substantial benefits to the Faculty of Science, as we navigate through the effects of the pandemic....

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Associate Professor Zac Hudson has been awarded the 2022 Mark Young Scholar Award by the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry. This award annually recognizes a Young Scholar for distinguished contributions to polymer science.

Zac will receive his award at a half-day symposium organized in his honor at the Fall 2022 ACS meeting in Chicago. Congratulations Zac!

2021 Alumni Award Winners

At our November Alumni Reunion, we announced the winners to our two alumni awards. Congratulations to Prof. Chris Gill, who is awarded the Alumni Award of Distinction, and Dr. Shuai Sherry Zhao, who has been awarded the Young Alumnus Award!

Alumni Award of Distinction | Prof. Chris Gill

This award recognizes an alumnus whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration and leadership to students and other alumni. The...

Curtis Berlinguette Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

The fellowship of the RSC comprises over 2,000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field. These are distinguished faculty from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.

The 2021 Fellows will be welcomed into the RSC in November, at the RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement. Congratulations Curtis!


Dr. Momose’s HAICU Project Receives $3.3 Million from BCKDF

Dr. Takamasa Momose’s project, HAICU: Hydrogen Antihydrogen Infrastructure at Canadian Universities for Quantum Innovations in Antimatter Science, has received a $3.3Million contribution from the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF).


State-of-the-art infrastructure will be built because of this funding, which will use new quantum techniques to study the properties of antimatter and address questions about the Universe.


Dr. Momose’s research works to advance...

Dr. Jason Hein is Awarded a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Dr. Jason Hein has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Accelerator Supplement for Integrating automated experimentation with process analytical technology. Read more here>

Congratulations to Lily Southcott!

Lily Southcott, PhD candidate in Chemistry and member of the TRIUMF NSERC CREATE IsoSiM has won the 2021 Carl H. Westcott Fellowship, which is awarded each year to a graduate student whose research work is being carried out at TRIUMF or on TRIUMF-related projects. Congratulations Lily!

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Congratulations to Curtis Berlinguette!

Curtis Berlinguette has been named a Distinguished University Scholar by the university. The Distinguished University Scholar awards recognize exceptional members of faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning.  Congratulations Curtis!

Russ Algar receives Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Prof. Russ Algar received the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research. This award is given to a young faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. The Office of the VP, Research and Innovation will be hosting an online celebration on May 11, 2021 to acknowledge the achievements of our researchers in 2020 and 2019. For more information visit the...

Ethan Sauvé receives Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Graduate Award

PhD student, Ethan Sauvé from the Hudson Group has received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division (MSED) Graduate Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. This award is given to the top PhD in polymer science in Canada. Congratulations Ethan!

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Prof. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind and Prof. Allan Bertram receive $2-million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Dr. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind and Dr. Allan Bertram from the chemistry department were awarded $2-million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) as part of the Rapid Air Improvement Network (RAIN) to do critical research in tackling air pollution. 

Their research involves using a network of air quality sensors, mobile monitoring and analysis instruments to locate and study air pollutants with the goal of supporting future interventions. To read more, visit the...

Prof. Katherine Ryan receives Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship

Dr. Katherine Ryan, Associate Professor, has been awarded one of six Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships. These awards recognize exceptional early-career researchers at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement and the potential for significant impact in their fields of scholarship. To read more about this award, visit the link here

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Prof. Taka Momose receives Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Funding

Prof. Taka Momose is leading one of three UBC Science projects that have received $13.7 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovaton (CFI) funding. Prof. Taka Momose and Makoto Fujiwara have been funded $4.6 million for his HAICU: Hydrogen Antihydrogen Infrastructure at Canadian Universities for Quantum Innovations in Antimatter Science, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and the University of Calgary. 

The funding is part of $518 million in research infrastructure...