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Maria Oliver-Hoyo, ACS 2023 National Award Winner

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The ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Exams Institute, was awarded to our department’s very own Maria Oliver-Hoyo. She will be honored at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in conjunction with the ACS Spring 2023 meeting in Indianapolis.

Dr. Oliver-Hoyo writes, “This award is a real honor for me as former recipients have had big groups of graduate students over the years. In my case, I have graduated only 9 PhDs which speak loudly about the relevance and significance of their contributions to the CER (Chemistry Education Research) field. I will honor their work at the celebratory events coming up in March.”

Dr. Oliver-Hoyo’s area of expertise is designing and developing chemistry instruction resources. In her research group, they focus on visualizing chemical phenomena from various angles, including promoting spatial-perceptual skills, pedagogies to effectively build knowledge integration, development of representational competency, and using manipulatives/models to facilitate conceptual understanding.