The Stewart group welcomes people from all backgrounds and encourages those from historically excluded groups to apply. We strive for a diverse group of people from a range of race and ethnic backgrounds and diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Hate, bigotry, discrimination, and racism of any kind are not tolerated. Group members are encouraged to bring their whole selves to their research and acknowledge their own privilege.*
There are several ways to get involved in chemistry education research at UBC. Contact Dr. Stewart to discuss any of the options below.
There are several options for undergraduate students to be involved.
Courses: Chemistry students are able to enrol in CHEM 448 (Directed Studies), CHEM 445 (Projects in Experimental Chemistry), or CHEM 449 (Honours Thesis in Chemistry).
Paid Research Assistants: Dr. Stewart typically has one or more undergraduate research assistant positions subsidized by the UBC Work Learn Program. Check the UBC Careers website in March/April and August for available positions.
Volunteer Research Assistants: It is Dr. Stewart’s preference to compensate students for their time, however, when there are no other options it is possible to start as a volunteer.
Students with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry or a related field are welcome to apply to the Department of Chemistry to do research in chemistry education, a form of discipline-based education research. The department’s chemistry education graduate program is new, with its first student starting in September of 2021.
Funded positions may be available, and students are encouraged to apply to SSHRC (Doctoral Fellowship) or NSERC scholarships (Master’s Program or Doctoral Program) for scholarships if eligible. Dr. Stewart is available to mentor applicants through the process.
PhDs in education or chemistry with funding are encouraged to reach out to Jackie to discuss mutual research interests and career goals. Soon-to-be-graduating students are encouraged to consider applying to the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Early planning is required for these applications.
Interested visitors are invited to reach out to Jackie to explore goals for short or extended visits. The UBC Human Resources website has information about the procedures for setting up extended visitor appointments.
*EDI statement is inspired by Dr. Michelle Tseng’s lab website.