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News Release - Queen’s Math Professor wins prestigious NSERC Science Promotion Prize

Thursday, July 23, 2020

News release  
(July 23, 2020) Lynda Colgan, professor of elementary mathematics and coordinator of the Education Community Outreach Centre has just been awarded the 2020 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Science Promotion Prize. The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour people and groups that are inspirational in the way they promote science to the general public. They are an opportunity for Canada's science community to recognize, support and encourage outstanding science promoters. 

 The common denominator in Dr.Colgan’s research and passion has been to dispel the myth that math and science are hard, dead subjects that only certain people can do successfully. Dr. Colgan uses intuitive approaches and strategies to help educators see mathematics through the eyes of children. 

To respond to this need, her approach has evolved and expanded to include outreach, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM ) education, resulting in projects and products that search for creative avenues to engage both students, parents, and educators. One of those projects is the highly successful Science Rendezvous Kingston, which is a celebration of STEM subjects and discoveries, scientists, and researchers featuring demonstrations, experiments and exhibits to bring people of all ages—toddlers to retirees—from across south-eastern Ontario into the world of science. 

Participation in Science Rendezvous Kingston has grown each year, as its reputation swells, from 650 to over 5,000 attendees in 2019, making it the most-attended Science Rendezvous event in Canada. 


“What I try to do is encourage everyone—family members included—to become a math mentors and role models who ‘do’ math naturally and for real purposes every day, everywhere. I do this by creating and disseminating simple ‘unplugged’ STEM crafts, games and experiments to encourage, facilitate, reinforce and/or review important skills and STEM concepts on the go’—in the car, the backyard, the park, the grocery store”  Lynda Colgan, Professor of elementary mathematics and coordinator of the Education Community Outreach Centre, Queen’s University 


NSERC Awards for Science Promotion 

Science Rendezvous Kingston 



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