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PhD Student Katrina Bergmann is Awarded The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Katrina Bergmann (Hudson Group) for receiving the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship!

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is the most prestigious and competitive of the doctoral scholarships offered by the Federal Government. It is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, research potential, and leadership ability, and is valued at $150,000 over three years. More...

Congratulations Sarah Burke

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Burke for being awarded the 2022 Killam Mentoring Award!

Dr. Burke has been awarded for providing constant opportunities to hone essential skills in areas such as critical thinking, public speaking, and grant writing.  Dr. Burke tailors her mentoring approach, by adapting graduate student’s projects, and her mentoring, to each student’s evolving needs and career aspirations.  As co-creator of the Quantum Electronic Science & Technology Program, she has...

Congratulations Assistant Prof. Tao Huan

Assistant professor Tao Huan has received the MANA Early Career Award for his work in the development of analytical and bioinformatics tools for improving data acquisition and analysis of LC-MS-based metabolomics.

The MANA Early Career Award is a competitive award for the most accomplished Early Career Members whose work has exhibited exceptional novelty or has pushed the boundaries of metabolomics, or whose early career efforts, after obtaining a PhD, MD, or MD-PhD, have resulted in...

Congratulations Prof. Laurel Schafer!

UBC Chemistry Professor Laurel Schafer has been awarded the Schlenk Lecture Award from the University of Tübingen (2021).

The Schlenk award is an International award that is awarded every 2 years. It is sponsored by BASF and offers the opportunity for the Awardee to spend a few weeks in Tuebingen, including a visit to the BASF site in Ludswighafen, Germany. Prof. Wilhelm Schlenk who spent the later years of his career at the U. Of Tuebingen, invented techniques and glassware for...

Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Withers!

Professor Stephen Withers has been awarded the 2022 Haworth Memorial Lectureship from the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Carbohydrate Group.


This award was founded in 1969 in commemoration of Sir Norman Haworth (president of the Chemical Society 1944-46) and it is awarded for sustained, internationally recognised contributions to carbohydrate chemistry. This award is given in recognition of Prof. Withers contributions to the elucidation of carbohydrate active enzyme...

Congratulations to our Chemistry Department CIC Award Winners!

Jaclyn Stewart (Prof. of Teaching), Russ Algar (Assoc. Professor), and UBC's Undergraduate Chemistry Society, have won awards at this year's Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.

Jaclyn Stewart has received the CIC Award for Chemistry Education. This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to post secondary education in Canada in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering.

Russ Algar has received the W...

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Associate Professor Zac Hudson has been awarded the 8th Polymer International-IUPAC award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science, awarded by The Editorial Board of Polymer International and the IUPAC Polymer Division. Zac has made significant contributions to polymers for optoelectronics, including working to confront global plastic waste by developing polymer technologies with industry.

Zac will give a lecture and receive this award at the World Polymer Congress, which will be...

Congratulations to Russ Algar!

Associate Professor Russ Algar has been awarded the UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships Award, as part of UBC's 2021 Faculty Research Awards!

The Faculty Research Awards recognize the excellence in research and scholarly achievements of faculty from across all disciplines at UBC. Winners will be honoured at a reception in June, hosted by The Office of the VP, Research and Innovation. See a complete list of winners...

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...