Donatille Mujawamariya

Project Leader

Donatille Mujawamariya, Ph.D., from Rwanda, is a full professor at the University of Ottawa. She is a regular researcher at the “Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante” (CRIFPE) and a research associate at the “Centre de recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des sciences” (CREAS / Sherbrooke). She is the first recipient of the Faculty of Education’s Research Excellence Award (2003 edition) and is the director of the Unité de recherche éducationnelle sur la culture scientifique (URECS).  She has published more than fifty articles and chapters including: “Le génie des femmes au service des femmes – Voix de futur(e)s ingénieur(e)s de l’Université d’Ottawa;  Les représentations de futurs enseignants et enseignantes de sciences à propos des scientifiques et de leurs tâches; Enseigner les sciences en milieu francophone minoritaire: perceptions d’enseignantes et d’enseignants francophones de l’Ontario; L’enseignement des sciences dans une perspective constructiviste: vers l’établissement du rééquilibre des inégalités entre les sexes en sciences; Une initiative pédagogique intégrant les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) visant à rendre les sciences et l’informatique plus attrayantes pour les adolescentes; La diversité ethnoculturelle dans le curriculum de sciences de l’Ontario, de la 1ère à la 12ème année; L’éducation multiculturelle dans la formation initiale des enseignants: des politiques aux pratiques”.


Catherine Mavriplis

Project Leader

Professor Mavriplis graduated from McGill University’s Honours Mechanical Engineering program and continued her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics, where she earned the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees. After a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton University in the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics, she began her tenure-track career at George Washington University, where she earned tenure.

She spent two years as a Program Manager in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the US National Science Foundation. As a Research Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma, she worked with US NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory scientists to advance modeling techniques for Numerical Weather Prediction. She recently joined the University of Ottawa in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where she continues to pursue her interests in numerical methods and fluid dynamics.


Shelina Adatia

Project Manager

Shelina Adatia is PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Her doctoral study will examine the inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners in French Immersion.


Janelle Fournier

Research Assistant

A high school science and math teacher, Janelle has recently returned to her studies at the University of Ottawa to complete an interim report and start her PhD in education in September 2018. She’s interested in better preparing educators to teach STEM subjects and ways of promoting girls in engineering.


Myriam Johnson

Research Assistant

Myriam has been working on this project for the past year and is currently updating our data and analyzing it. She is a 4th year biomed student and when she’s not spending countless hours studying, she likes being active, hanging out with friends and traveling!


Mélissa Fortin

Research Assistant

Mélissa is a native of the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. From a young age, she had a creative spirit and a keen interest in science that led her, unsurprisingly, to engineering. She was able to pursue her career goals by completing her bachelor’s degree at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. In order to combine her interests in turbomachinery, fluid mechanics and renewable energies, she continued her graduate studies at Laval University, at the Laboratory of Hydraulic Machines directed by Prof. Claire Deschênes, with a specialization in hydroelectricity. She is currently pursuing her PhD with a collaboration with Andritz Hydro Canada. Mélissa is also one of the directors of the Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques where she works to establish a connection with the population via web platforms.


Monesson Baurice Zaha

Research Assistant

Baurice is a master’s student at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  His research focuses on teaching strategies in mathematics that can help encourage girls to pursue STEM studies at the post secondary level. In the past, he was a mathematics teacher and hopes to become a researcher in mathematics education.


Other team members

  • Jonathan Weber
  • Youssef Abourafiq
  • Olga Osnat Fellus
  • Soumaïla Diomandé
  • Enyonam Norgbey
  • Samuel Hadwen
  • Andrés Marsik Roa
  • Marielle Megan Cunan
  • Victoria Osten