Demonstrating excellence

Jennifer Meister-Turner is the inaugural recipient of the Brad Stringer award

Chemistry demonstrator, Jennifer Meister-Turner, is the inaugural recipient of the Brad Stringer award.

In January, we lost our colleague and friend, Dr Brad Stringer. Brad was an undergraduate student in Physics and, later, a Chemistry PhD student in Dr Conor Hogan’s group.

“He loved sharing his passion for science with other students,” said the Stringer family, who have now established an award for excellence in chemistry undergraduate laboratory teaching in Brad’s memory.

“The award will be offered for at least 12 years to represent each year Brad was part of the La Trobe University community,” said Brad’s parents, Trish and Ken Stringer. “We hope it will inspire other demonstrators and students, and keep Brad’s memory alive for many years to come.”

Chemistry demonstrator, Jennifer Meister-Turner, is its first recipient. “I am delighted that Brad Stringer’s contribution to La Trobe has been recognised by this award and I feel privileged to be the first recipient,” said Jennifer. “Brad left such an incredible legacy. He was unflappable. He put students at ease, he was an excellent trouble-shooter, generous with his advice and great at thinking on his feet.”

“Demonstrating is a very satisfying and rewarding role,” Jennifer added. “At an academic level we guide students through their experiments. We are also responsible for their health and safety in the laboratory, teaching them how to handle chemicals appropriately and manage risks.”

“As demonstrators, we pass on our knowledge and help students to gain a sense of achievement and confidence in the lab. And that’s very rewarding.”

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