The Murray Brooker Award in Chemistry|
Presented in Atlantic Canada at the Annual APICS/CIC Chemistry Conference (ChemCon). First awarded in 2001.
The Murray Brooker Award promotes undergraduate participation at chemistry conferences across Canada.
The award recognizes presentations (both oral and poster) that focus on the student’s undergraduate
educational experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology or chemical technician
studies. Presentations about the undergraduate experience made by graduate students in the first
year of their program are also eligible for the award.
Judging for the award will be done by a panel selected by the conference organizing committee.
In any year, if there is no suitable candidate, the judging committee has the right to not give an award.
The decision of the judges is final.
The award is a $500 cash prize which is presented at the conference. A total of six
prizes are awarded annually at various regional undergraduate chemistry conferences across Canada.
By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to have his or her name, home address, and educational
institution provided to the Chemical Education Division of CIC.
This award is sponsored by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). The CIC is a professional
association of chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists who are employed in, or
associated with industry, academia, government and other organizations across Canada and the world.
The award is administered by the CIC Chemical Education Division. Conference organizers may contact Gale
Thirlwall, Awards and Local Sections Manager of the CIC National Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
About Murray Brooker
Murray H. Brooker, FCIC, was a professor of chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN)
from 1972 until his death in 2000. Originally trained as a high school teacher, Dr. Brooker had a long term
interest and involvement with science education and promotion, including visiting local high schools to give
Chemistry Magic Shows and serving as chair of the Chemical Education Division for the Canadian Society for
Chemistry from 1992-94.
Dr. Brooker was recognized for his teaching and research contributions through a wide variety of awards and
honours, including the Union Carbide Award, Canada’s most prestigious award for chemical education, and
the City of St. John's Admiral's Award for Tourism for his role as chair of the highly successful 1996
Canadian Chemical Conference, which attracted over 1000 national and international scientists. Dr. Brooker
was an internationally recognized expert in the application of Raman spectroscopy to the study of molten
salts and solutes in aqueous solutions with over 100 refereed publications and was appointed to three
visiting professorships in Europe, at the Technical University of Denmark, the Université Bordeaux in
France, and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
In addition to the CIC’s Murray Brooker Award in Chemistry, a memorial scholarship, The Murray Brooker
Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry, was established at MUN in honour of his contributions to chemical education.