VROC Participation Award Winners

 Dr. David LesBarrèrreres  2015

Growing up in a rural area of France that shaped his curiosity and moving to Canada 10 years ago, Dr. David Lesbarrères is an Associate Professor and the Dean of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Conservation biologist and evolutionary ecologist, he has been a VROC expert since the inception of the program, connecting with students as far as Iqaluit and Dakar in Ivory Coast. He has developed a Francophone branch of VROC and using this technology, he aims at inspiring the next generation of responsible citizens and researchers, two critical assets for today’s society.

David Lesbarreres
 Craig Merrett  2014
Dr. Craig Merrett, Assistant Professor from Carleton University, and co-recipient of the VROC Expert Participation Award that recognizes an outstanding VROC expert that has selflessly volunteered their time to inspire students through the VROC program. For the last two years, Dr. Craig Merrett has been heavily involved in the VROC program, including his involvement as a VROC Expert at Summer STEM Camp last year.


2014 - Merrett
 Dr. Brian Dixon  2014

Dr. Brian Dixon, professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, and co-recipient of the VROC Expert Participation Award. Brian Dixon is also a longtime VROC participant, known for always making himself available for classroom connections and even assisting in demonstrating how VROC works to teachers.


2014 - Dixon
 Dr. Thomas Merritt  2013

Dr. Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, Laurentian University, expresses his reasons for his science outreach effort:

“I’ll give you three reasons [why science outreach efforts are so important]. One, its our responsibility as scientists.  My research is supported by public money, I owe it to the public to explain to them how and why I’m spending that money.

Two, outreach is about generating excitement in young people and creating the next generation of scientists and engineers — and voters.  The more students understand science and engineering, the more excited they’ll be and the better supporters of science in our society.

Three, outreach keeps me excited about what I’m doing.  […]  I always walk away from the conversations energized and excited about what we’re doing.”

Thomas Merrit